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  • Writer's pictureMichael Laxer

Burkina Faso names Thomas Sankara a "hero of the nation"

In an historic move Burkina Faso's new transitional government and President Captain Ibrahim Traoré has chosen to pay tribute to the legacy of Thomas Sankara by designating him a "hero of the nation." Thomas Sankara was a prominent revolutionary leader who served as Burkina Faso's president from 1983 until his assassination in October, 1987. He was known for his commitment to social justice, anti-imperialism, and pan-Africanism.

During his time in office, Sankara implemented various leftist and anti-imperialist policies aimed at improving the lives of Burkina Faso's citizens, including land reform, healthcare expansion, and educational initiatives. He also sought to reduce corruption and increase women's rights. His efforts to empower the poor and marginalized made him a revered figure not only in Burkina Faso but also in many parts of Africa and around the world.

By designating Thomas Sankara as a "hero of the nation," Burkina Faso's government is recognizing his enduring impact on the country and the values he stood for. This move can serve as a reminder of the importance of leadership that prioritizes the well-being of its citizens and the broader principles of justice and equality. Sankara's legacy continues to inspire many in their pursuit of social and political change.



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