, In 2015, Kaboré promised to revise the 1991 constitution. African governments are characterised by corruption, nepotism and political instability. Simple men with solid characters, sincere intentions and grand visions are consigned to the pages of African history. Sankara himself would later admit on camera that the tribunals were often used as occasions to settle private scores. With independence came a new style of theatre inspired by forum theatre aimed at educating and entertaining Burkina Faso's rural people. On 16 September 2015, the Regiment of Presidential Security (RSP) seized the country's president and prime minister and then declared the National Council for Democracy the new national government.  RTB broadcasts on two medium-wave (AM) and several FM frequencies. Transport in Burkina Faso is limited by relatively underdeveloped infrastructure. A typical Burkinabè beverage is Banji or Palm Wine, which is fermented palm sap; and Zoom-kom, or "grain water" purportedly the national drink of Burkina Faso. Institutions of higher education include the University of Ouagadougou, The Polytechnic University of Bobo-Dioulasso, and the University of Koudougou, which is also a teacher training institution. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The leader of the leftists, Capt. They established an empire that lasted more than 800 years. That said, there is plenty that Sankara has to offer for men who are interested in improving the self.  While recent harvest productions have improved some, much of the population is still having a hard time overcoming the continuous food and nutrition crises of the past decade. Only by looking deeply into our past can we evolve new insight to help define ourselves. The regional economy suffered when they were unable to work. Traditional ritual ceremonies of the many ethnic groups in Burkina Faso have long involved dancing with masks. When Sankara came to power he changed the country’s name from Upper Volta to Burkina Faso, “The land of Upright Men”.  Kaboré was sworn in as president on 29 December 2015. It is unfair to expect coherent politics from Naira Marley or his fans, the Marlians. He feared God and kept away from evil. The old African hunter said, “Don’t lose sight of the antelope when a squirrel darts across your path”. Sankara may simply stay the Che Guevara of Burkina Faso, in death representing an image of Burkinabè anti-colonial discontent that need not be compatible with the actions or ideology of the people who put his image on their shirts and walls.”. It has been decades since we saw a visionary leader that inspired the Pan African idealism of the revolutionary 60s. The second, Women’s role in the democratic and popular revolution, was made earlier on the 2nd of October 1983.  Challenges remain, including difficulties among some customers in paying for services, with the need to rely on international aid to expand its infrastructure. Thomas Sankara: The Upright Man (French:Thomas Sankara, l'homme intègre) is a 2006 documentary film about Thomas Sankara, former president of Burkina Faso. The French government finally suppressed the movement but only after suffering defeats. The new colony was named Haute Volta, and François Charles Alexis Édouard Hesling became its first governor. This was a disgraceful moment in the history of Burkina Faso. He overthrew his long-time friend and ally Thomas Sankara, who was killed in the coup.. The army remained in power for four years. Compaoré then went on to rule the country until 2014, when he was forced to flee the country amidst a popular uprising.  Ouagadougou International Airport closed and MPs suspended the vote on changing the constitution (the change would have allowed Compaoré to stand for re-election in 2015). But with awareness, change is possible. Look around. The Distinguished Guest (Thomas Sankara) from Burkina Faso in the USSR…. Its economic and social development will, to some extent, be contingent on political stability in the country and the subregion, its openness to international trade, and export diversification". He’d think for a while, then respond to your questions. By changing the social order that oppresses women, the revolution creates the conditions for their genuine economic emancipation. The documentary film, Thomas Sankara: the Upright Man by the British filmmaker Robin Shuffield, is probably the best filmic account of Sankara’s rise, governing style, reforms and his eventual murder. He promoted Burkinabe traditional as an expression of belonging. , A significant number of Sunni Muslims identify with the Tijaniyah Sufi order. One lasting legacy of Sankara's rule was the renaming of the country from its colonial name to be Burkina Faso, which means “The Land of Upright Men”. The Republic of Upper Volta was established on 11 December 1958 as a self-governing colony within the French Community and on 5 August 1960 it gained full independence with Maurice Yaméogo as President. , The European Commission expects that approximately 500,000 children under age 5 in Burkina Faso will suffer from acute malnutrition in 2015, including around 149,000 who will suffer from its most life-threatening form.  Additionally, the activities of this operation contribute to families' abilities to withstand future food crises. As individuals we have to be a little more conscious of how our lives are entwined with the natural world and the consequences that will be visited upon the lives of our children in the near future as a direct result of our present day mindless mass destruction of trees. He banned female circumcision, forced marriages, polygamy, expelling girls from school when they fell pregnant. Africa’s inability on the part of governments to deal effectively with poverty has been, to a large extent, due to corruption. Too often men blame their state of emasculation on the advancement of women. African men must be more proactive in creating safer communities for women and children. His legacy survived and tree planting is now a Burkinabe custom in times of celebrations to commemorate birthdays, weddings and graduations.