May 18, 2011, 3:24 PM
Pathfinder Press, 2007, 447 pages
The life of the great African hero Thomas Sankara
This is a compilation of some of the great speeches made by the great African hero, the Burkina Faso President Thomas Sankara, who between 1983 to 1987 led one of the great African revolutionary governments. Under Thomas Sankara, the revolutionary government of Burkina Faso mobilized peasants, workers, craftsmen, women and youth to carry out literacy and immunization drives to sink wells, plant trees, build dams, erect housing to combat the oppression of women and transform exploitative relations on the land to free themselves from the imperialist yoke and solidarise with others engaged in such struggles in other parts of the world such as Cuba and Nicaragua.
This book is based on speeches and interviews from 1983 until his killing in 1987.Going through the book, one is no doubt that Sankara, born in 1949, was the spokesman for Africa, Burkina Faso and the progressive forces in all parts of the world.
History tells us that it was Sankara who changed the name of his country from the colonial
Hear him tell truth to his fellow African leaders at the OAU Summit in Addis in 1987 when only 16 out of 53 members Presidents bothered to attend: 'How many heads of state are present here, after being duly invited to come to discuss Africa, in Africa? How many heads of state are ready to dash off to
In the same speech, he exhorted his fellow African leaders to build self reliance at home: 'My delegation and I were clothed by our peasants, our weavers. Cotton produced in
Within four years, Sankara was able to diminish the infant mortality in
This is an excellent book for pan Africanist and all others who wish to see how this young man transformed a whole people' outlook and fortunes in so short a time.
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