Thirty-two years after his assassination, Thomas Sankara's name remains appealing throughout Africa and beyond. The revolutionary leader's legacy consists of a call to unity, selfconfidence and good governance. To the world's leaders, Sankara's concern for the less advantaged might serve as a reminder that sacrifi ce to humanity is a yardstick for assessing good leadership. Looking back at Sankara's dynamic and visionary presidency, might his revolutionary spirit be relevant to Burkina Faso and to the African continent today as it was then ?
Barwendé Médard Sané, SJ is a Jesuit Graduate Fellow at the University of San Francisco (USA), where he is pursuing a doctorate in education at the School of Education. Barwendé spent five years as director of the University Catholic Centre of Bangui, Central African Republic.