ASSASSINATION OF THE LION KING FROM YAKO: A STORY OF BETRAYED FRIENDSHIP

  • 2019-10-15

Without friends, life can be boring as they contribute to one's happiness in a fulfilling way. Friendship can have major impact on your well-being since they heighten your happiness, reduce the stress and perk up your self-worth. Some people arrive and make such a beautiful impact on your life, you can barely remember what life was like without them. In life, you need those few people that respect you, want the best for you and you want the best for them. However, the ugly fact is, betrayal never comes from the enemy.

Former leader of Burkina Faso, Thomas Sankara, was a revolutionary figure who is still a hero to many in West Africa. It’s believed that no other African leader, or few leaders in the rest of the world, brought so much radical change and were so revolutionary as Burkina Faso’s Lion King, Thomas Sankara. He was most visionary and creative. In addition, he was the most incorruptible of men.

Nevertheless, Sankara did not live long to fulfill his plans for his homeland. It’s alleged that, during a coup in the late '80s, he was betrayed by his closest friend and confidant, Blaise Compaore. Allegations suggest Compaore order his killing to assume power. Thomas Sankara was assassinated on the 15th of October 1987, he was 37 years. In 2014, Blaise Compaore was driven from power by crowds opposing his bid to change the West African country's constitution and extend his 27-year rule. He is currently in exile, hoping to return to his home country.

Photo:  AFP PHOTO / DANIEL LAINE