10 Reasons Why Africa Will Never Forget Thomas Sankara

Late Thomas Sankara and Samora Machel

10 Reasons Why Africa Will Never Forget Thomas Sankara

  1. He sold off the government fleet of Mercedes cars and made the Renault 5 (the cheapest car sold in Burkina Faso at that time) the official service car of the ministers.
  2. He reduced the salaries of well-off public servants (including his own) and forbade the use of government chauffeurs and first class airline tickets.
  3. He redistributed land from the feudal landlords to the peasants. Wheat production increased from 1,700 kilograms per hectare (1,500 lb/acre) to 3,800 kilograms per hectare (3,400 lb/acre), making the country food self-sufficient.
  4. He opposed foreign aid, saying that “he who feeds you, controls you”.
  5. He spoke in forums like the Organization of African Unity against what he described as neo-colonialist penetration of Africa through Western trade and finance.
  6. He called for a united front of African nations to repudiate their foreign debt. He argued that the poor and exploited did not have an obligation to repay money to the rich and exploiting.
  7. In Ouagadougou, Sankara converted the army’s provisioning store into a state-owned supermarket open to everyone (the first supermarket in the country).
  8. He forced well-off civil servants to pay one month’s salary to public projects
  9. He refused to use the air conditioning in his office on the grounds that such luxury was not available to anyone but a handful of Burkinabés
  10. As President, he lowered his salary to $450 a month and limited his possessions to a car, four bikes, three guitars, a refrigerator, and a broken freezer.

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One thought on “10 Reasons Why Africa Will Never Forget Thomas Sankara

  1. He set a good example of what leadership is all about. He led by example. Leaders of his calibre is what Africa needs to move forward. He is an African hero and African school kids should be learning about such personalities to prepare them for the future.

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