Thomas Sankara and the Revolutionary Birth of Burkina Faso

Mamadou Diallo In 1983, 23 years after its independence and the succession of several neo-colonial regimes, the Upper Volta was one of the most materially destitute countries in the world. 98 percent of its population was illiterate and its GDP per capita was just over 100 dollars of the time. Out of the seven million…

Thomas Sankara: A United Front Against Colonial Debt

“Debt is also the result of confrontation. When we are told about economic crisis, nobody says that this crisis didn’t come about suddenly. The crisis had always been there but it got worse each time that popular masses become more and more conscious of their rights against exploiters.” Thomas Sankara’s Speech on Foreign Debt At…

Long Live Tongogara and Thomas Sankara

Obi Egbuna Jr. Simunye Let us remember two fallen sons of Mother Africa who truly represent and exemplify the bravery and patriotism which best defines our collective fighting spirit and resolve, Comrade Thomas Sankara, Burkina Faso’s former president, and the commander of ZANLA’s guerilla army, Gen. Josiah Magama Tongogara. This year marks the 30th anniversary…

Thomas Sankara, el Che negro

Por Hugo Montero/El Furgón En una bandera. En la camiseta de un joven. En la imagen luminosa de un teléfono celular. En la voz rebelde que alza el puño y grita su nombre. En la portada de un libro prohibido. En el murmullo de un campesino durante la cosecha. En el corazón de las mujeres….

29 Years Ago, Thomas Sankara, the African Che Guevara, was Murdered

On the Failed Coup Attempt in Burkina Faso Thomas Sankara was a young communist officer who attempted to take Burkina Faso out of the neocolonial orbit of France, but was murdered by his closest comrades. During Sankara’s short time in power, Burkina Faso became self-sufficient in grains. “He was the first to forbid female genital…