Posts Tagged ‘Military Coups in Africa’

By Nawiri Nerima

Fourth August 1983 saw the Marxist revolutionary army captain Thomas Isidore  Noël Sankara take over the reigns of power in Burkina through the last but one military coup to date.Until recently,aptly  argues Houngnikpo, military incursion into politics on the continent was the norm rather than the exception, a phenomenon with deep roots in Africa’s colonial history. The characteristic role of the armed forces was to repress the majority peoples while supporting the status quo as it were. According to the 2012 AfDB Chief Economist Complex, the continent has seen more than 200 military coups staged since the post-independence epoch of 1960s, 45% of which have been ‘successful’. The pertinent question is whether military coups are good or bad, generally they seem to be bad (From Cairo to Bangui). Sankara’s regime however proves otherwise,at least as far as socio-economic conditions were concerned:

”The more radical the person is,the more fully he or she enters into reality so that,knowing it better,he or she can transform it.This individual is not afraid to confront,to listen,to see the world unveiled.This person is not afraid to meet  the people or to enter into a dialogue with them.This person does not consider himself or herself the proprietor of history or  of all the people,or the liberator of the oppressed but he or she does commit himself or herself,with history,to fight at their side.”-Paulo Freire [Pedagogy of the Oppressed]

The following links would prove very useful.

Why Africans Should Celebrate Thomas Sankara: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-mungai/thomas-sankara_b_1588163.html

Burkina Faso: Revisiting Thomas Sankara, 26 Years Later: http://allafrica.com/stories/201310251691.html?viewall=1

Thomas Sankara: An Endogenous Approach to Development :http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/89307

The Upright Man. Ten Lessons From Thomas Sankara: http://oyungapala.com/the-upright-man-ten-lessons-from-thomas-sankara/

7 Thomas Sankara Quotes About Women: http://www.msafropolitan.com/2011/11/sankara-quotes.html

25 Years On: The Mixed Legacy of Burkina Faso’s Thomas Sankara, Socialist Soldier        http://thinkafricapress.com/burkina-faso/mixed-legacy-thomas-sankara-socialist-soldier-25-year-anniversary

Advertisements