Rising Continent

THE UPRIGHT MAN THOMAS SANKARA: THE UPRIGHT MAN

As Africa is struggling to find its true representative leaders who care for the continent’s people, it is worth revisiting past legendary figures like Thomas Sankara, and hope that present aspirant leaders could learn something from him. The following piece was initially published by Oyunga Pala.

Where did all the genuine African revolutionaries go? They were either assassinated; Patrice Lumumba, Eduardo Mondlane, Samora Machel, Amilcar Cabral, Steve Biko, John Garang, Muammar Gaddafi  or under siege from their own legacies. I am thinking of Nelson Mandela here. It has been decades since we saw a visionary leader that inspired the Pan African idealism of the revolutionary 60s. Look around. Africa is facing a leadership crisis. From South Africa to Egypt, Kenya to Senegal, there is a clear sense of ‘we deserve better’. As African men, stifling under the stereotype of rogue males in power, there are…

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