On this day Africa lost one of its most illustrious sons, Thomas Isidore Noël Sankara, who was assassinated in 1987. Sankara, a military captain, Marxist revolutionary, and pan-Africanist led Burkina Faso from 1983 to 1987. Here are his 10 memorable quotes.
A true humanist, fervent Pan-Africanist, iconic revolutionary, Sankara was unapologetically an anti-imperialist stalwart, and proponent of women’s rights. His legacy continues to inspire a generation, and he remains one of the most extraordinary and charismatic African leaders, who strongly believed in African unity, the African liberation struggle, it’s social and economic freedom.
Captain Sankara led Burkina Faso from August 1983 until his assassination in 1987. In four years, he transformed the country from being a poor country, dependent on foreign aid, to an economically independent and socially progressive nation.
We celebrate the legacy of one of Africa’s heroes and remember the words he left us with in his quest to see the liberation, unification and development of Africa.