Posted by: Dr. Y. | September 1, 2009

Thomas Sankara, The African Che

Captain Thomas Sankara

Captain Thomas Sankara

Thomas Isidore Sankara was a great visionary African leader, the kind which comes around once every 50 years or century. He had an unlimited and undying love for his country, his fellow countrymen, and his continent. He had a vision for a true independent African country, and continent. He strongly believed in justice, and worked extremely hard. He was a man of great integrity and discipline. At a time when women were relegated to the kitchen, Thomas spoke out loudly for women’s rights, and admitted women in the military, and in key positions within his government (the minister of Budget was a woman). What kind of man names his country “the land of upright people” (le pays des hommes integres)? What kind of man, by his passion and vision, reorganizes an entire country in just 4 years! no wait… actually just 3 (since the last year, Sankara’s government was crippled by internal division with Compaore’s factions). Well… let me tell you who that is: the great, and only, splendid Thomas Sankara, who made me proud of being an African child, who made me raise my chin up and walk upright!

Thomas Sankara in Ouagadougou

Thomas Sankara in Ouagadougou

At the time Sankara was assassinated, he was only 38 years old, a year younger than Ernesto Che Guevara… but just like Che, he left an indelible mark in the history of the world! Please join me in celebrating Captain Thomas Sankara!

(If you would like to learn more about him, please check out the website: – http://www.thomassankara.net/?lang=fr which does a good job of keeping Thomas Sankara’s memory alive and  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Sankara which I contributed to).

Click on the link below and watch the video!

Thomas Sankara, le Che Africain


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  1. ‘truly the African Che”

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  2. […] Thomas Isidore Sankara, notre héros africain, mort pour ses convictions et son amour de son peuple, et de sa patrie. Ce grand héros a fait l’un des plus beau discours que j’ai jamais entendu sur la dette africaine! Quelle éloquence mon Dieu! Quelle vérité! et quel humour! Je suis d’accord avec lui que la dette africaine ne peut pas être entièrement payee… et que les pays membres qui ne vont pas aux réunions de l’UA ne devraient pas recevoir les mêmes faveurs que ceux qui y assistent assidûment. De plus, il parle de consommer africain: toute sa délégation était habillée par les tisserands Burkinabés. Regardez, écoutez, et célébrez avec moi l’un des plus grands hommes qui ait foulé le sol du continent africain. Burkina Faso […]

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  3. […] Telle était la devise de Thomas Sankara […]

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  4. […] France, and the US! Viva the Libyan Jamahiriya! Viva all the oppressed people of the world! Thomas Sankara, the great African revolutionary said “La patrie ou la mort, nous vaincrons!”… […]

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  5. […] Kaboré raconte ses derniers jours avec le capitaine, Président du Faso, le Che Africain, Thomas Sankara, et la largesse d’esprit de ce grand homme.  Proche de Thomas Sankara durant la révolution, […]

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  6. Great Revolutionary man he was.
    We are proud on him.

    Long Live Burkina Faso

    Fatherland Or Death

    Regards

    Azhar Che.

    The Comrade

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  7. […] de partager avec vous ce pur joyau d’un autre temps: une interview du President Thomas Sankara par Mongo Beti.  Cette interview n’avait jamais été publiée auparavant, jusqu’à ce […]

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  8. […] to the level where every child is well-fed? How do we improve our infrastructures, etc…?  Thomas Sankara managed, in less than 4 years in power, to bring his country to the level of food […]

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  9. […] on 4 August 1984, Thomas Sankara, with his usual charisma and revolutionary spirit, decided to change the country’s name to […]

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  10. HOW CAN WE AS AFRICAN ACHIEVE JUSTICE FOR OUR OWN THOMAS SANKARA

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    • Very good question Mpi… not so sure how, unless Africans achieve economic affluence and independence. It is easier to dictate, and fight for justice, when you fight from a strong standpoint, vs. as a beggar: people respect you, and you can influence the political machine. It is also important to educate the masses so that they will know their rights and will demand justice. The other way might just be to keep at it, keep demanding it, and eventually, it will happen.

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      • LIKEN OUR OWN NELSON MANDELA SAID FORGIVENESS IS MOST POWERFULL WEAPON SO LET FORGIVE AND CARRY ON WITH THE LEGACY OF THOMAS SANKARA THE SON OF AFRICAN SOIL

        HOW ABOUT STARTING THOMAS SANKARA FOUNDATION WHICH WILL IN OUR CONTINENT AFRICA OR MOTHERLAND

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      • Love the idea of a Thomas Sankara foundation. Have you seen the website: http://thomassankara.net/?lang=fr?
        Where should we start with the foundation? Should we organize it to focus on African history? or great leaders?

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  11. […] many of our revolutionary leaders have written books, poems, and essays.  The great Thomas Sankara, our African Che and president of Burkina Faso, wrote about empowering women, people, getting away […]

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  12. […] text of a hand-written speech that the revolutionary Burkina Faso President and African statesman Thomas Sankara was set to deliver on the evening of the day he was assassinated, October 15, 1987.  Enjoy this […]

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  13. […] jours et 27 ans, après avoir fait assassiner Thomas Sankara, Blaise Compaoré est à son tour forcé ou plutot jeté dehors.  En effet, c’était le 15 […]

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  14. […] Blaise Compaoré, booted out of office in 2014. Thomas Sankara‘s murderer taught that he will be eternal in power, and on October 30th 2014, the people […]

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  15. […] say it again: Blaise Compaore’s demotion. Blaise Compaoré was booted out of office in 2014. Thomas Sankara‘s murderer taught that he will be eternal in power, and on October 30th 2014, the people […]

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  16. […] Cupelin, which would have never been allowed at FESPACO under Blaise Compaore’s tenure (Thomas Sankara‘s murderer, best friend, and coup-formenter). It was a time to celebrate the life of Burkina […]

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  17. […] this year at the FESPACO 2015 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. This is the first time a movie about Thomas Sankara, the African Che, could be shown at the FESPACO in 27 years since Compaore‘s […]

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  18. And I am grateful for you.

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