On October 15, 1987, Burkinabé revolutionary; Thomas Sankara was brutally assassinated by in Ouagadougou, at the age of 37. Sankara was a Marxist, pan-Africanist and was the President of Burkina Faso from 1983 to 1987. His foreign policies were centred on anti-imperialism, rejecting foreign aid and policies of International Monetary Fund and World Bank and nationalising all land and mineral wealth. Sankara, famously known as the Africa’s Che introduced various progressive policies including strengthening and liberation on women, massive education and self-reliance programs.
Here you can read the transcript of his speech to the UN General Assembly on 4 October 1984.