Few young Africans have never heard of Thomas Sankara. In reality, it is not the assassination of Thomas Sankara that has dealt a lethal blow to Africa and Africans; it is the assassination of his memory, as shown in the lack of proper attention given to his legacy, and the lack of constant reference to his ideals and ideas by Africans, by those who know and those who should know.
revolutionary Thomas Sankara(1949-1987)?
Refused to pay Colonial Tax and Loans, eliminated corruption, and bought an end to French colonial domination in the region renaming Upper Volta (a Colonial designation) to 'Burkina Fasso' (The land of upright men). Sankara would further lead Burkina fasso to food independence in just 4 years, carrying out the largest land irrigation project on the continent declaring "He who does not feed you can demand nothing of you", and was a dedicated champions of Women's rights "Comrades, there is no true social revolution without the liberation of women. May my eyes never see and my feet never take me to a society where half the people are held in silence. I hear the roar of women’s silence. I sense the rumble of their storm and feel the fury of their revolt".
Africans do not often celebrate their own heroes, but this must change. It is a colonial legacy that was instituted to establish the inferiority of the colonized and justify colonialism. It was a strategic policy that ensured that Africans celebrated the heroes of their colonial masters, but not that of Africa. Fifty years and counting after colonialism ended, Africa’s curriculum must now be redrafted to reflect the numerous achievements of Africans.
by Pan-African Renaissance