It’s almost 15 October, the day the world, and especially Burkinabe, lost Thomas Sankara in 1987. This is a reminder of his commitment to the freedom of women, however dated some of the quotes may be.
Captain Thomas Isidore Noel Sankara is the late Burkinabe military captain, Marxist revolutionary, Pan African theorist and the President of Burkina Faso from 1983 to 1987. He is more popularly known as The Upright Man. He was born on the 21st of December 1949 in Yako, Burkina Faso.
He rose to power through a popular revolution or coup in what was known as Upper Volta in West Africa. He was only 33 at the time. His goal was the socioeconomic and political transformation of his nation, eliminating corruption, oppression, exploitation and dominance of France, the former colonial power.
He renamed Upper Volta and called the new country Burkina Faso which literally means Land of Upright Man, hence his popular moniker.
Sankara is remembered for some of the most ambitious and successful programmes for social and economic change he implemented when he came to…
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