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WOMEN’S MONTH BOOKS TO READ: "Women’s Liberation and the African Freedom Struggle" by Thomas Sankara

AUGUST: Celebrating African Women

We do not talk of women’s emancipation as an act of charity or out of a surge of human compassion. It is a basic necessity for the triumph of the revolution. Women hold up the other half of the sky
You cannot carry out fundamental change without a certain amount of madness. In this case, it comes from nonconformity, the courage to turn your back on the old formulas, the courage to invent the future.
Thomas Sankara

diasporicroots:

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Thomas & Mariam Sankara’s wedding.

Who was Thomas Sankara.

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CURRENT AFRICAN LEADERS: Blaise Compaoré, President of Burkina Faso

Since 1987, the West African nation of Burkina Faso has had one man retain his position as president: Ziniare-born Blaise Compaoré. This is the same year in which pioneering progressing leader, and then President of Burkina Faso, Thomas Sankara was assassinated by an armed in a coup d’état on October 15, 1987. The man responsible for the coup? Sankara’s deputy and member of the National Revolutionary Council, Blaise Compaoré.

Compaoré assumed office on the very day that Sankara was murdered and founded his own ruling party, the Congress for Democracy and Progress. He was elected President in 1991, in an election that was boycotted by the opposition and where only 25% of the electorate voted, and re-elected in 1998, 2005 and 2010.

Compaoré has had a long-lasting relationship with former Liberian President and warlord Charles Taylor who is also said to have had a hand in the coup in which Thomas Sankara was assassinated.


“I would like to leave behind me the conviction that if we maintain a certain amount of caution and organization we deserve victory[….] You cannot carry out fundamental change without a certain amount of madness. In this case, it comes from nonconformity, the courage to turn your back on the old formulas, the courage to invent the future. It took the madmen of yesterday for us to be able to act with extreme clarity today. I want to be one of those madmen. […] We must dare to invent the future.”

Learn more about former Burkina Faso president and revolutionary leader Thomas Sankara, who was assassinated on this day in 1987.

“I would like to leave behind me the conviction that if we maintain a certain amount of caution and organization we deserve victory[….] You cannot carry out fundamental change without a certain amount of madness. In this case, it comes from nonconformity, the courage to turn your back on the old formulas, the courage to invent the future. It took the madmen of yesterday for us to be able to act with extreme clarity today. I want to be one of those madmen. […] We must dare to invent the future.”

Learn more about former Burkina Faso president and revolutionary leader Thomas Sankara, who was assassinated on this day in 1987.

Happy (belated) Independence day to all of our readers from Burkina Faso!

August 5th, 1960 (sorry this is a day late)

“I would like to leave behind me the conviction that if we maintain a certain amount of caution and organization we deserve victory[….] You cannot carry out fundamental change without a certain amount of madness. In this case, it comes from nonconformity, the courage to turn your back on the old formulas, the courage to invent the future. It took the madmen of yesterday for us to be able to act with extreme clarity today. I want to be one of those madmen. […] We must dare to invent the future.”

- Thomas Isidore Noel Sankara

African Leaders and Their Hats (Part 1):

These current, or former, African heads of state are, or were, rarely seen in public without their personal choice of head wear which some of them have become well-known for.

Who you’re seeing:

(l-r, from top): 

Mobutu Sese Seko (DRC), Salva Kiir (South Sudan),  Olusegun Obasanjo (Nigeria), Goodluck Jonathan (Nigeria), Thomas Sanakara (Burkina Faso), Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf (Liberia), Joyce Banda (Malawi), Omar al-Bashir (Sudan), Amadou Toumani Toure (Mali).

Thomas Sankara: The Upright Man

Documentary by Robin Shuffield about the Pan-Africanist former President of Burkina Faso Thomas Sankara, who was assassinated in 1987 in a coup d’etat orchestrated by his former friend and deputy Blaise Compaore who assumed office in that same year and is still the incumbent President of Burkina Faso.

Additional viewing: Capitaine Thomas Sankara, L’assasinat de Thomas Sankara, La famille de Thomas Sankara, Thomas Sankara ‘El Che’ Africano