Poor electoral outcomes would hurt democratic transitions in a region suffering a spate of coups.
Macron’s approach to Africa policy emulates the 1950’s strategies. Why? A big part of the answer can be found in the fact that today’s global circumstances are similar to those of post-World War II.
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.