BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON THOMAS SANKARA
- 34-year-old army officer
- Leftist ideology and reinvented his country ( change of name, motto, developmental policies anti Capitalist sentiment )
- He opened his country up to numerous international dialogues and the most important one is Afri(o)futurism.
DEFINITIONS OF AFRI(O)FUTURISM
- What the future has in store for continental Africa and the Black Diaspora in the US and the Caribbean.
- Africa will occupy a front position on the world stage in some years to come.
- Both understandings and definitions are interesting. I adhere more to the first one.
AFRI(O)FUTURIST ACTIONS/ ACTS
- Sankara was ahead of his time, he was a visionary
- Sankara draws a special link between continental Africa and the Black Diaspora when he visits Harlem in 1984. He led the Burkinabè delegation.. ‘My White House is in Harlem’
- Stresses his respects and admiration for Maurice Bishop of Grenada
THE DEBT, WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT& REPOSITIONING AFRICA
- The West owes Africa, Africa owes the West nothing.( Addis Ababa Summit in 1987).
- The Future of Africa cannot be negotiated or discussed if women’s emancipation is not given ample attention
- Only Africans themselves can address the development problems and policies of Africa.
- Global Position/ Role of Africa: The future of the world is played out in Africa.
- Afrofuturism, to Sankara calls for the denunciation of certain injustices, like the Security Council at the UN. It is seen as redundant.
- Thomas Sankara was an Afri(o)futurist politician per excellence.
- The core of Afri(o)futurism today was at the center of Sankara’s policy until he was assassinated in October 1987.
- His ideas perdure, the younger generation see him as a source of inspiration. Coups Leaders in West Africa are inspired by Sankara’s ideas.
- Afri(o) futurism is gaining more and more ground, and social media is making that growth of Afri(o)futurism possible.
Moussa Traoré is a senior lecturer at the Department of English of the University of Cape Coast, Ghana.