A new book has revealed that the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were coined out of the visionary ideas of the late iconic leader of Burkina Faso, Thomas Sankara.
Authored by a Cameroonian university don, Professor Jean Emmanuel Pondi, Thomas Sankara et l’emergence de l’Afrique au XXIe siècle (“Thomas Sankara and the Emergence of Africa in the 21st century”) was launched in Yaounde on Thursday.
The author suggests that the UN coined ideas of the ‘Sankarism philosophy’ of agricultural development, creation of cooperatives, the improvement of education and health, the empowerment of the woman in drawing up the MDGs but the Burkinabe leader wasn’t mentioned in the document.
A Burkinabé military captain, Sankara was a pan-Africanist theorist who became president in 1983 but was overthrown in a bloody coup in 1987 masterminded by erstwhile colleagues.
The leader of the plotters is believed to have been Sankara’s comrade-in-arms, Captain Blaise Compaore. He was himself ousted in a popular uprising in October 2014.
Prof Pondi describes Thomas Sankara as a visionary leader and pan Africanist who maintained modesty and credibility and whose ideas have remained an inspiration for the development of the continent twenty-eight years after his “tragic and premature exit.”
The author writes that no one can maintain a sense of pride in civilization respect of a continent like Africa in the systematic denial of the magnitude of its own heroes [Like Sankara] and blind admiration and sometimes overrated from other continents.
Amongst the hundreds who turned out at the book launch in Yaounde was the wife of the late Burkinabé leader, Mariam Sankara.
She also prefaced the 192-page book, which, according to Sankara’s widow is a value added to the ideas of her late husband.
“The book is immensely rich and it is a magnificent gift to the young generation that wants to use the spirit of Thomas Sankara for Africa’s emergence,” Mrs. Sankara said at the launch in Yaounde.
Prof Jean Emmanuel Pondi is an international relations expert and current scribe of the University of Yaounde I. The onetime Director of the International Relations Institute of Cameroon (IRIC) has authored many books including, “Barack Obama: From Question To Admiration” and “Nelson Mandela: An Example For Humanity.”
Source:The Eden Newspaper