On the anniversary of his assassination, Burkina Faso’s transitional government paid tribute to the late revolutionary president Thomas Sankara, who was tragically killed 36 years ago in a coup led by his childhood friend and political ally, Blaise Campaoré. The ceremony, held on October 15 in Ouagadougou, gathered relatives of the iconic leader, the president of the transition, and government officials, all gathering to honor Burkina Faso’s first president.
During the ceremony, late Sankara was posthumously elevated to the rank of hero of the nation in early October. In a significant gesture, President of the transition, Captain Traoré, laid the foundation stone for the Thomas Sankara mausoleum, which will be constructed on the exact site of Sankara’s assassination and that of 12 of his companions.
In a symbolic move honoring Sankara’s legacy, Boulevard Charles de Gaulle, adjacent to the memorial site, was renamed after the pan-Africanist icon. This renaming serves as a lasting tribute to the visionary leader who championed social justice and fought for the betterment of his people.
President Captain Traoré, who has been frequently compared to Sankara by political commentators, continues to uphold the legacy of the late president, ensuring that his ideals and contributions to Burkina Faso’s history are remembered and celebrated.