More than three decades after his assassination, the statue of the late Pan Africa military leader, Thomas Sankara, finally stands erected on the site where he was precisely slain at the age 37 in Ouagadougou by a group of soldiers on October 15, 1987.
His murder is believed to be orchestrated by France through his childhood friend and deputy- Blaise Compaore, who denied any involvement in the said killing. Mr. Blaise was overthrown during a popular uprising on October 31, 2014.
While calls for the prosecution of Blaise Compaore continues, the President of France, Mr. Emmanuel Macron has promised to declassify secret French files that detail the circumstances of Sankara’s death.
Sankara, a populist leader, is much loved for his Pan African and nationalistic character, greatly credited for the transformation of Burkina Faso.
Three decades after his death, he remains a great inspiration to many youths across the continent and the globe. Sankara himself has a week before his death declared: “While revolutionaries as individuals can be murdered, you cannot kill ideas”.
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The project to design the five-meter bronze statue on a four-meter base was led by Burkinabé renowned artist, Jean-Luc Bambara among other sculptors.
The monument which was initially unveiled in honor of the ex-president in March 2019, on the side-lines of the African film festival, the Fespaco, faced some setbacks following public outcry that it did not match the figure of the “father of the revolution,” prompting its “correction.”
The current government of Burkina Faso is behind the project.
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