Burkina Faso: Remembering The Great Thomas Isidore Sankara
Today in History: Former President of Burkina Faso Thomas Sankara was assassinated in a coup d’état along with 12 aides on Oct 15,1987 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in a coup d’états.
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 would have been celebrating his birthday today! Sankara was loved by all… the question is, who killed Thomas Sankara? Will he ever get justice?