Burkina Faso

The Upright Man – Thomas Sankara: 26th Anniversary.

Thomas Sankara

In 1983 Thomas Sankara at the age of 32 deposed the dictator of Upper Volta, West Africa.  One of his first acts was to change the name of the country to Burkina Faso ‘The land of the Upright People’.  In the following four years of his rule he attempted to implement some of post-independence Africa’s most radical reform measures, including the emancipation of women, self-sufficiency programs.  Sankara shunned the riches of power and continued as a vocal critic of neo-colonialism until his assassination on the 15thOctober 1987.

Tuesday 15th October                         7 – 9pm

Cornucopia, 19-20 Wicklow St, Dublin 2


This event is part of international celebrations taking place including events in Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, The USA, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Belgium, Sweden and Togo.


Film Screening:       Thomas Sankara – The Upright Man.

Panel and Q & A’s:  Mbemba Jabbi  (The Africa Centre, Dublin) and Lassane Ouedraogo.

Music performance:Performance of traditional music from Burkina Faso and West Africa.

Sadjo Sissokho (Guinea-Bissau) on Kora and Paul McElhatton on Kamele n'goni.

Sadjo Sissokho (Guinea-Bissau) on Kora and Paul McElhatton on Kamele n’goni.