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.

CONCLUDING REMARKS

  • 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.

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