Diamond Platnumz has announced his 2021 upcoming shows in Africa.

Following his TumewashaNatigo Dar Es Salaam’s performance that left many of his fans wanting more, Simba has released the dates for his upcoming shows in

March 6th –  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
April 3rd  – Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
4th  April – Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso
April 9th – Abidjan, Ivory Coast

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AFRICA’S CHE GUEVARA

You may not have heard of a country called Burkina Faso, but the country raised one of the most charismatic revolutionaries in the history. Thomas Sankara – the first president of Burkina Faso – is often regarded as Africa’s Che Guevara. Reading about his life, you can decide for yourself whether he earned this nickname or not.

 

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He was born in 1949 in Yako, French Upper Volta. His family became unusually crowded as his mother gave birth to another seven children (they were 10 siblings in total). Because his father was a gendarme in Gaoua, his family was among the privileged people of the society.

His favorite subjects at school were mathematics, French and religious studies. His parents were Roman Catholics who always wanted him to be a priest, but he insisted on joining the military. He easily impressed his teachers with his brightness and eagerness. This passion continued when he went to Madagascar to pursue further military education.

Back in Upper Volta, he continued gaining sympathy and attention for his bravery during the war with Mali. He was appointed as the commander of the Commando Training Centre in Po. He was also part of the Communist Officers Group that secretly started intervening the government.

 

 

Burkina Faso Given Back To The Community

The earlier 1980s witnessed a chain of military coups. When Sankara was the Secretary of State for Information during the military government of 81, he became the Prime Minister after a second coup although this was short-lived.

A third military coup organized by Blaise Compaore (with whom he met earlier during his time in military), he became the President at a very young age of 33.

He was greatly inspired by distinguished revolutionists such as Fidel Castro, Che Guevara. He named the country Burkina Faso, “the land of upright people”. Perhaps, this was a foreshadowing of the services he was going to do for the country.

He worked towards creating a self-sustainable society in terms of agriculture by taking lands back from feudal lords and distributing amongst the peasantry. In four years, there had been a drastic increase in cotton and wheat production even beyond the limit of self-reliance.

He also tried to implement novel cultivation protocols at farms for higher quality and quantity. The standard of living for an average citizen increased. Health care was among his plans as well. People benefited from mass vaccinations programs for diseases such as polio, meningitis and measles. He also recognized AIDS as a major threat and worked on taking precautions.

Female genital mutilation and forced marriages were strictly prohibited. Women were encouraged to enroll in jobs while men were encouraged to help women at home. He cared not only for humans but also for other beings. It was during his time that several million trees were planted.

New factories were built for infrastructure projects, aiming to place more people in a decent home environment. Rail roads were built across the country for the first time. Education programs were launched to increase the country’s literacy rate although it was often met with protests and strikes.

Transparency –

The laws were shifted in the favor of the people. People’s Revolutionary Tribunals was founded to host trials of former government officials and criminals while the participants could watch. The Committees for the Defense of the Revolution was founded as a counter-balance to the army.

Photo Credit: thomas_sankaraofficiel (Instagram)

 

His Assassination

All of this was done in only six years. In 1987, the government was overthrown by Blaise Compaore – the same person who brought Sankara to power in the first place. Sankara was assassinated for allegedly  violating the foreign relations and posing a threat to the countries affairs with France and neighbouring countries.

After Sankara’s death, 27 years of dictatorship by Compaore followed. During those years, almost everything Sankara had done was reversed in an attempt to erase his legacy.

According to report’s the family wasn’t allowed  to see the body of Sankara then, so an autopsy and exhumation were only performed after Compaore’s rule ended in 2014…

To date Burkinabes continue to seek for the truth about Thomas Sankara’s death. The question is who assassinated Thomas Sankara Africa’s Che Guevara? 

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FrancisKere. TUB-DiébédoFrancisKéré FrancisKereMeet Diébédo Francis Kéré, a Burkinabé architect based in Berlin,  Kéré is an award winning architect and founder of Kéré Architecture. Diébédo Francis Kéré grew up in Gando, a small village in Burkina Faso. He knew exactly what he wanted to do when he got his degree in architecture… He wanted to go home to Gando in Burkina Faso, to help his neighbours reap the benefit of his education.

Through his firm, Kéré Architecture, Kéré focuses on using local building materials and techniques in a modern way, to redefine and redesign the environment. He has taught his neighbours to build schoolhouses out of the mud and clay in their region. His innovative approach has seen the creation of remarkably beautiful, elegant space that the community loves to spend time in.

They have built libraries and other buildings. Kéré also teaches architecture; he has lectured at colleges including the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and Harvard. In 2013, he began teaching at the Accademia di Architettura in Mendrisio, Switzerland. Watch Kéré on TED below.

Great and inspirational guy! Keep up the good work! Credit: Diébédo Francis Kéré

23 people have been attacked at the Splendid Hotel and cafe in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.  According to reports another  hotel nearby was attacked as well…

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 Gilles Thibault, Ambassadeur de France au Burkina Faso believes the death toll might be about  27.  Most of the survivors told reporters that they only way were they were able to escape was to pretend to be dead…

Our thoughts and prayers are with Burkina Faso..Let’s Pray for world peace

The grave of former President of Burkina Faso, Thomas Sankara, is being exhumed in Burkina Faso… Burkina Faso’s transitional government has reopened the case of his unresolved murder as part of an investigation into his 1987 assassination…..

Former President of Burkina Faso Thomas Sankara would have now been 65 years old.  Thomas Sankara was born on December 21, 1949, in Upper Volta, formerly Burkina Faso. He was assassinated in a coup d’état along with 12 aides on Oct 15,1987 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in a coup d’états.

Thomas Sankara

A week prior to his death Sankara addressed people and said that “while revolutionaries as individuals can be murdered, you cannot kill ideas.”

To date his family and loved ones/Burkinabes still seek justice for the hero. The ‘Balai Citoyen’ a non-political movement’s leader has appealed for the reopening of the Sankara case…Sankara was killed in a coup d’états organized by his former colleague Blaise Compaore He was considered by some to be an “African Che Guevara”. On October 15, 1987.

Sankara was very handsome, young and talented! He was a trained pilot he loved motorbikes..

In 1984, Captain Thomas Sankara the leader of the Burkinabe Revolution changed the country’s name to Burkina Faso, meaning Land of the Upright People, and he soon made that name the symbol of his nationalisation crusade which was previously known as the Republic of Upper Volta, after the river. He also gave it a new flag and wrote a new national anthem.

Sankara’s government included lots of women. His had zero policy towards fighting corruption and made education and health real priorities and also banned condemned polygamy, female circumcision and promoted contraception. He was a leader who made conscious effort to improve women life in Burkina Faso…

Gone but not forgotten Captain Thomas Sankara!  Sankara was loved by all… the question is, who killed Thomas Sankara? Will he ever get justice?

New railway network aims to boost inter regional tradeA new railway network is underway to link 7 West African countries: Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Niger, Benin, Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Togo 

On the dual carriageway linking the main airport to downtown Niamey, the capital of Niger, workers are busy digging trenches in the middle of the island separating the lanes, and laying tracks where rows of lampposts once stood. They are racing against the clock to build a thousand-kilometre stretch of a regional network that will connect Niamey to the West African seaport of Cotonou, Benin. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2015.

“We’ve waited so long for the train to arrive,” quipped Nigerien president Mohamadou Issoufou as he ushered his counterparts from Benin and Togo into a brand-new carriage on a muggy day in April 2014. The symbolic ride lasted for only a few minutes. “History is in the making,” said President Issoufou.

Building a railroad network along the West African coast from Abidjan in Côte d’Ivoire to Lomé in Togo has been talked about for years. The network is expected to boost trade among Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Niger and Togo. After several delays, the project is now firmly back on track following the decision by the exclusively francophone Conseil de l’Entente (Council of Accord), the oldest West African subregional cooperation forum, to start construction. Niger and Benin started working on their stretch of the project in April, to be followed by Burkina Faso and Togo shortly thereafter. Continue here.

What an exciting news! We all can’t wait!

Source: Africa Renewal

Burkina Faso Lt Col Isaac Zida named prime ministerLt Col Isaac Zida has been named as transitional prime minister  after longtime president Blaise Compaore stepped down in the face of violent protests. Before the unrest, president Compaore ruled Burkina Faso for 27 years. The unrest erupted in response to efforts to extend his rule

We pray for peace to prevail in Burkina Faso.

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Blaise CompaoreBurkina Faso President Blaise Compaore has left power, according to a colonel in the presidential guard.

Lieutenant-Colonel Issaac Zida made the announcement in the central Place de la Nation in Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou.

In a statement Mr Compaore called for a 90-day transition to “free and transparent” elections in the west African country.

“I declare a vacancy of power with a view to allowing a transition that should finish with free and transparent elections in a maximum period of 90 days,” said the statement, which was read on local radio and television by presenters.

Burkina Military Chief General Navere Honore Traore has said he has taken over as head of state.

In a statement General Traore said “in line with constitutional measures, and given the power vacuum… I will assume as of today my responsibilities as head of state.”

Tens of thousands of people had gathered to demand Mr Compaore’s resignation after violent protests in the country yesterday.

French president Francois Hollande has welcomed the resignation of Mr Compaore, calling for rapid, democratic elections to find his successor.

Separately, Omega radio in Burkina Faso reported that Mr Compaore had issued a statement announcing his resignation and saying that the head of state’s position was now vacant.

Earlier, an army official claimed that Burkina Faso’s embattled President had been ousted.

“Compaore is no longer in power,” Colonel Boureima Farta told tens of thousands of protesters who erupted in cheers in front of the army headquarters.

Mr Compaore had vowed to stay in power at the head of a transitional government until after elections.

His decision came despite opposition calls for him to step down immediately following a day of violent protests.

General Traore, had earlier dissolved parliament and announced talks with all political parties to create an interim government to take the west African country to democratic elections within a year.

The move came after at least three protesters were shot dead and scores wounded in clashes with security forces.

Demonstrators attacked the homes of senior members of the ruling party and symbols of Mr Compaore’s long rule.

Hundreds of people had earlier stormed parliament, looting the building and setting it on fire, while others ransacked state television, forcing it off the air.

Protests also gripped Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina’s second-largest city, and other towns across the gold and cotton-producing country.

Mr Compaore, who seized power in a military coup in 1987, said he had dissolved his government and was lifting martial law that was announced earlier in the day.

He also scrapped plans for an unpopular constitutional amendment that would have allowed him to seek re-election next year, a prospect that had sparked yesterday’s protests.

Regional West African bloc ECOWAS had said earlier yesterday that it would not accept any party seizing power through non-constitutional means – suggesting diplomatic pressure to leave Mr Compaore in place.

A delegation from the African Union, the United Nations and ECOWAS was due in Burkina Faso today to hold talks with all parties involved.

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