On This Day October 15th, 1987 Captain Thomas Sankara Was Assassinated. Africa lost a shining light amongst its ranks. A light that shines like no other littering the dark African continent and sparking glimmers of hope in the minds of a million Africans. Captain Thomas Sankara assassinated in a bloody coup led by his right-hand man Blaise Compaore was the president of Burkina Faso at that time.
When Blaise Compaore seized power, He ruled Burkina Faso for 27 years and tried his best to erase the memory of Captain Thomas Sankara from the countries history. He was not successful with this because 30 years after, The legacy of Thomas Sankara still lives on in the mind of Africans to this day. Today we will be honoring him by highlighting 15 Amazing Facts about Captain Thomas Isidore Sankara You Have Never heard before.
15 Amazing Facts about Captain Thomas Isidore Sankara You Have Never heard before.
- His middle name is Isidore Noel a Greek name which means “Gift Of isis “. He is also known as the African Che Guevara
- As President, he lowered his salary to $450 a month (162,000) and limited his possessions to a car, four bikes, three guitars, a fridge, and a broken freezer.
- He was a fan of Karl Max ( Marxist Revolutionary ) whose political ideas were Pro people and Not Pro Money. ie he believed in putting people before money.
- He redistributed land from the feudal landlords and gave it directly to the peasants. Wheat production rose in three years from 1700 kg per hectare to 3800 kg per hectare, making the country food self-sufficient.
- He outlawed female genital mutilation, forced marriages, and polygamy in support of Women’s rights. He was a feminist.
- He planted over 10 million trees to prevent desertification
- He refused to use the air conditioning in his office because such luxury was not available to anyone but a handful of Burkinabes.
- An accomplished guitarist, he wrote the new national anthem himself.
- On The Day he was killed, Sankara’s body was dismembered and was quickly buried in an unmarked grave, while his widow Mariam and two children fled the nation.
- He opposed foreign aid, saying that “he who feeds you, controls you.” He criticized the IMF accusing them of enslaving Africa with debts.