Burkina Faso is still in the throes of chaos decades after the assasination of the charismatic president.
As we remember the Burkinabe leader Thomas Sankara who was assassinated in 1987, we reflect on governance on the continent. We look at some exemplary African leaders, while appealing to others in power to draw inspiration from Sankara’s selfless leadership.
On 15 October, Africa joins hands with the people of Burkina Faso to celebrate the life and work of this great African icon.
Thomas Sankara might be dead but his spirit is alive, a source of inspiration to many Africans, including artists like Pierre-Christophe Gam, a Cameroonian-Chadian artist. Gam titled his work The Upright Man “a mixed media installation offering an apocryphal look at the life and legacy of Thomas Sankara”.
Burkinabe youths participated in the renaming of a street from Charles de Gaulle Avenue to Thomas Sankara Boulevard, coinciding with the visit by French president Emmanuel Macron. Macron kicked off his maiden African tour on Tuesday, starting with Burkina Faso, to a European-African summit in Ivory Coast and finally to Ghana.
Burkina Faso has embarked on an important journey to honour the legacy of Captain Thomas Sankara, with the inauguration of a memorial for the revolutionary leader on the site he was murdered. The initiative which was long overdue will see a newly formed foundation headed by Ghana’s former President Jerry Rawlings receive funds for the memorial to include a museum to preserve the history, and ideals that Sankara stood for.
For all the honey lovers out there, have a look at the traditional bee hive from Burkina Faso, and see how the honey is harvested.
Burkinabe authorities have charged the leader of a failed coup in September with involvement in the 1987 assassination of President Thomas Sankara
Editorial cartoons do not change a society overnight, but they contribute to its evolution by reminding leaders that they are not monarchs. They also can help to defuse situations, notably ethnic or religious tensions, by putting into perspective the possible consequences.