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Thomas Sankara, the ‘African Che Guevara’ Who Tried to Save Burkina Faso from French Imperialism

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Thomas Sankara, the ‘African Che Guevara’ Who Tried to Save Burkina Faso from French Imperialism

  • After a successful coup against a corrupt government in Burkina Faso in 1983, Thomas Sankara was nicknamed “Che Guevara in Africa.”

 

  • Sankara, formerly known as “Upper Volta,” changed its name to the land of Burkina Faso, meaning “land for equal people.”

 

  • Sankara is a pan-African who aims to build a self-sufficient and economically sufficient population by eliminating widespread government corruption.

 

  • He also helped the country eliminate dependence on former French settlers and other foreign aid.

 

  • According to his biography, Sankara’s foreign policy focuses on “anti-imperialism, and his government avoids all foreign aid and demands an abominable debt relief.”

 

  • At the same time, its domestic policy focuses on preventing hunger through self-sufficiency and land reform, promoting public health, and prioritizing education.

 

  • Sankara is committed to protecting the environment and is determined to stop female genital mutilation, commonly known as female genital mutilation.

 

  • As a promoter of women’s rights, he also pledged to appoint women as leaders in Burkina Faso’s government.

 

  • On October 15, 1987, Sankara was assassinated by 13 other officers. They were all shot.

 

  • His murder was organized by his close ally Blaise Compaoré and was supported by the French.