It’s been 30 years since Africa’s last great revolutionary leader was killed

Written by Mohamed Keita

Captain Thomas Sankara (Dec. 21, 1949-Oct. 15, 1987) (Patrick Durand/Sygma via Getty Images)

Thirty years after the assassination of Africa’s last revolutionary leader, Thomas Sankara, the front cover of this week’s edition of the pan-African magazine Jeune Afrique is entitled “Who Killed Sankara?” The question has swirled since October 15, 1987 when the charismatic army captain was killed in a bloody coup in Burkina Faso which brought to power his one-time close friend Blaise Compaoré.

Over the years, theories about conspiracies involving Compaoré, Liberian rebels, France and, late presidents Felix Houphouet Boigny of Cote d’Ivoire and Muammar Gaddafi of Libya, have done the rounds.

“We are hopeful—although it has been 30 years that this issue has not been elucidated—that we will be able to find a solution, a definitive ruling, to address this problem,” Burkina President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré declared this week in a press conference (French).

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Source: News Now / Quartz

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.