5 Facts about Africa’s Best President, Thomas sankara

Top Facts About Africa’s Best President, Thomas Sankara
Top Facts About Africa’s Best President, Thomas Sankara
Facts About Africa’s Best President, Thomas Sankara

Top Facts About Africa’s Best President, Thomas Sankara

Often described as the greatest leader in African history Thomas Isidore Noël Sankara was a Burkina Faso revolutionist, and president of Burkina Faso from 1983 to 1987. Welcome to Naijabasin, on today’s top facts we will be looking at the biography of Thomas Sankara one of Africa’s most renowned leader but before we start to be sure to subscribe and click on the Bell Icon below for more interesting videos.

Early Years

Thomas Sankara was born around 21 December 1949 in the French upper volta echo of Thomas Isidore Noël Sankara who was president of Burkina Faso from 1983 to 1987. A Marxist, Leninist, and pan-Africanist he was seen by supporters as a charismatic and iconic figure of change at 33 years old, Sankar had become the president of the Republic.
He immediately initiated social-ecological and economic reform programs in the Upper Volta Republic,  and renamed the nation from the French colonial name Upper Volta to Burkina Faso. 
At the age of 17, Thomas Sankara entered the military as he witnessed the first military coup in Upper Volta led by Lieutenant-Colonel Sangoulé 
Lamizana laid on January 3, 1966, this was the first time in 1970 that Sankara was systematically exposed to radical outlook on Upper Volta.

He went on for further military studies at the military academy in Madagascar from which he graduated as a junior officer in 1973 at the ants’ Arabic atom II The range of instruction went beyond the normal military subjects that required Sankara to study agriculture, including how to raise the crop and improve farmers’ lives, apart from his own.

Sankara also continued his profound love of music and played the guitar for scholastic and extracurricular political activities.

After primary military training at a high school in 1966, Sankara began his military occupation at the age of 19, and was posted a year later to Madagascar for officer training where he observed popular uprisings in 1971 and1972 which profoundly influenced his political views returning to Upper Volta.

Upper Volta and Mali Border Dispute

In 1972, during a border war between Upper Volta and Mali in 1974, he gained fame during the war for his valiant rule, but years later he renounced the war as futile and unfair, a reflection of his increasing political consciousness. Thomas Sankar’s foreign policies were centred on anti-imperialism with his government pushing for offensive debt reduction, nationalizing all land and mineral wealth.

He prioritized education through a national literacy program and promoted good safety through vaccinating 2.5 million children at local level against meningitis, yellow fever, and measles, Sankara called for each village to establish a medicinal dispensary, and had over 350 towns construct schools and hospitals. He prohibited forced marriages and polygamy for female genital mutilation.

Gender Equality

He promoted women to high positions in government, and encouraged them to work outside the home.
Sankara supported the prosecution of officials accused of corruption and counter-revolution as admirers of the Cuban Revolution, Sankhara formed Cuban-style Committees to defend the revolution, his revolutionary programs for African self-confidence him an symbol on the region.

Sankara remained popular with most of his country’s citizens. However, his policies antagonised and offended several groups which included the powerful king of a middle class and the governments of France and its ally, the Ivory Coast.

His Final Years

On 15 October 1987, Sankara was assassinated by troops commanded by Blaise Compaoré, who assumed state leadership shortly after Sankara was killed. Thomas Sankara was born on the 21st of December 1949 and was assassinated on the 15 October 1987.

Some of Thomas Ankara’s distinguished political accomplishments included: The vaccination of over 2.5 million children facing yellow fever, meningitis, and measles. He launched a national literacy operation, developing the literacy rate from 13% in 1983 to 73% in 1987.

Thomas Sankara planted over 10 million trees to prevent desertification in Burkina Faso without any foreign assistance he built roads and a railway to tie the nation together. He redistributed land from the feudal landowners and gave it directly to the farmers which increased the country’s agricultural productivity in Burkina Faso.

A total of eight people served as Upper Volta / Burkina Faso Head of State (excluding three Transitional Heads of State / Presidents and one Rebellious Acting President). Burkina Faso’s new head of state is Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, elected on 29 December 2015, who is also the President of the Republic

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