Thomas Sankara: An Icon of Revolution

Yanis Iqbal October 15 was the 33rd anniversary of Thomas Sankara’s death. On this day, he was murdered by imperialist forces at the tender age of 37. A Pan-Africanist, internationalist and Marxist, he was committed to the total liberation of the oppressed masses from the clutches of imperialism. Instead of bourgeois nationalism, Sankara believed in…

President Thomas Sankara: A 70th Birthday Tribute

Chika Ezeanya-Esiobu President Thomas Isidore Noel Sankara would have turned 70 on the 21st of December 2019. At the tender age of 37, however, he was felled by bullets from soldiers loyal to his best friend, Blaise Campaore. Thomas Sankara’s passion was Africa’s advancement; his experimental field was Burkina Faso. What President Sankara wanted to…

Thomas Sankara: Speech Before the General Assembly of the United Nations

Delivered: In French, at the United Nations General Assembly, in New York City, on 4 October 1984. Source of the Translation into English: United Nationas (1984), United Nations General Assembly Official Records, 20th Plenary Meeting, Thursday, 4 October 1984, at 10.40 a.m., New York, (A/39/PV.20), pp. 405-410. This edition: Marxists Internet Archive, January 2019. I…

Remembering Thomas Sankara: An Upright Man in a Sinful World

Adjei-Gyamfi Yaw Captain Thomas Sankara, President of Burkina Faso, salutes 31 August 1986 upon his arrival in Harare for the 8th Summit of Non-aligned countries. Photo: ANP On 15 October, Africa joins hands with the people of Burkina Faso to celebrate the life and work of this great African icon. Many nationalist leaders took up…