Rare Images of Thomas Sankara - A True Pan-Africanist

Thomas Sankara was a revolutionary leader and President of Burkina Faso from 1983 to 1987. A pan-Africanist who was viewed by supporters as a charismatic and iconic figure sometimes referred to as "Africa's Che Guevara".

Thomas Sankara - CoolAfricanMerch

Below are Four ideologies that formed the foundation of the policies implemented by Sankara for the people of Burkina Faso between 1983 and 1987.



– The necessity of relying on one’s own strength
– Mass participation in politics with the goal of changing one’s condition in life
– The emancipation of women and their inclusion in the processes of development
– The use of the State as an instrument for economic and social transformation



Thomas Sankara & Fela Kuti - CoolAfricanMerch


Thomas Sankara & Fidel Castro - CoolAfrican

Thomas Sankara – ‘Africa’s Che Guevara’

  • A captain in army of Upper Volta, a former French colony in West Africa
  • Instrumental in the coup that ousted Col Saye Zerbo as president in 1982
  • Took power from Maj Jean-Baptiste Ouedraogo in an internal power struggle and became president in August 1983
  • Adopted radical left-wing policies and sought to reduce government corruption
  • Changed the name of the country from Upper Volta to Burkina Faso, which means “the land of upright men”
  • Criticised by some as an undemocratic authoritarian
  • Killed in mysterious circumstances by a group of soldiers in October 1987, aged 37
  • The anti-imperialist revolutionary is still hugely popular across Africa.

Thomas Sankara playing Guitar

Revolutionary Leader Thomas Sankara - CoolAfricanMerch

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