Thomas Sankara Annual Conference to be held on October 17, 2021

With the trial of the alleged killers of former President of Burkina Faso, Thomas Sankara set to commence tomorrow at the military court of Ouagadougou, a group by name The Convention for Pan-Africanism and Progress ( in collaboration with the New Dawn Vision ( will hold the Thomas Sankara Annual Conference on October 17, 2021.

The group has described tomorrow’s trial as “a historic moment for justice and for Pan-Africanism”.

Titled the “Legacy and Justice for an African Hero”, this year’s conference will “discuss the legacy and the campaign for justice of Thomas Sankara, one of Africa’s greatest”.

For three decades, Pan-Africanists, freedom seekers, justice lovers on the continent and across the globe have called for justice to be served and have mobilized for the victimizers of Thomas Sankara to be brought to justice.

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Thomas Sankara was president of Burkina Faso from 1983-1987. He was a symbol of the dignity of the African people and a great Pan-Africanist.

He was killed along with 12 of his close aides, on October 15, 1987, in a bloody coup d’état led by his second-in-command Blaise Compaore, who eventually ruled the country for 27 years during which he implemented neo-colonial policies.

Compaore sought to change the constitution and remove the presidential term limit in order to stay in power for ever.

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This led to an uprising and he was eventually taken out of power in 2014 by a people’s power movement which claimed the values of Thomas Sankara. The successful revolution of 2014 created the conditions for the trial to be held.

The trial of Thomas Sankara’s assassins which begins on October 11, 2021 is the hallmark of an awakening in Africa marked by the revival of Pan-Africanism and a growing Pan-African consciousness.

The conference will be held on zoom via

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