THE LAND OF UPRIGHT PEOPLE
You really cannot speak of Burkina Faso both as a nation and a people which name means The Land of Upright People and not speak of Thomas Sankara the beloved President who gave not just the name but a new identity to his people.
Changing it from Upper Volta which was given by the European colonizer, the French, more as an indicator or geographic pointer, and had no real attachment to the people of that region themselves. Thus Upper Volta was named for the region above the Volta river flowing in the area and which has no real meaning or connection to the true destiny of that beautiful nation. Clearly, meaningless name-giving of important places in Afrika is one of the nature of the white colonialists. They just name things and places how it defines their intention for such things and places and how it fulfills their agenda for domination and whatever else they intend to do.
The reality of a founding father
There is something about founding fathers and how their ideals influence their “building” sons and daughters, if well articulated and giving strength to manifest accurately. Many may not want to attribute the reality of a “founding father” to Thomas Sankara, since he really was not the first President of Burkina Faso at independence, but what else should you call a man who renamed a nation and reminded her of her destiny which is found in the name he gave? A father of course. What else should you call a man who became the first and only president in the world to write the national anthem of his nation? Nothing less than a father. For the identity of a child, a person or a people really comes from the name given by the father in harmony with the meaning of the womb of the mother who made birthing possible. So Burkina Faso is truly blessed to be so named as a people of uprightness by their father (Thomas Sankara) and birthed by Afrika’s womb who is the mother of the land of life.
The reality of the founding father Thomas Sankara and what he stood for and which he expressed in his renaming the nation from Upper Volta to Burkina Faso the land of Upright Poeple, though blanketed by those foreign powers that want nothing good for Afrika in cohorts with the Afrikan puppets in their payroll, will still manifest at a time as this. For the spirit of judgement (separation and re-direction) at the gate of power will be unleashed on Burkina Faso from the Lord to separate and redirect her back to her true place as the people of freedom, conscience and uprightness. The life and the upright ideals of the beloved President Thomas Sankara and for which he was brutally assassinated, will speak, even from now. For the voice of a righteous man though he be dead in the flesh still speaks on the earth as spirit.
The identity of the Burkinabes
To be upright means more than to be righteous or free from evil, but to be exalted beyond reproach, beyond slavery of both body, mind and spirit. To be set free from wrong influences but guided by love, truth and justice. This is the reality of Burkina Faso.
Afrika and Afrikan nations have lived far too long below expectation and productivity due mostly to foreign influences, lies and internal sabotage by those puppets whose false “freedom” and fame are engineered by their foreign puppeteers. Selfish and family-empire-centred individuals they all are, but this will change both for Burkina Faso and the entire Afrikan space.
Some facts about Burkina Faso
The Republic of Upper Volta was established on 11 December 1958 as a self-governing colony within the French Community and on 5 August 1960 it gained full independence with Maurice Yaméogo as President. After protests by students and labour union members, Yaméogo was deposed in the 1966 coup d’état, led by Sangoulé Lamizana, who became president. His rule coincided with the Sahel drought and famine, and facing problems from the country’s trade unions he was deposed in the 1980 coup d’état, led by Saye Zerbo. Encountering resistance from trade unions again, Zerbo’s government was overthrown in the 1982 coup d’état, led by Jean-Baptiste Ouédraogo.
The leader of the leftist faction of Ouédraogo’s government, Thomas Sankara, was made Prime Minister but was later imprisoned. Efforts to free him led to the 1983 coup d’état, in which he became president. Sankara renamed the country Burkina Faso and launched an ambitious socioeconomic programme which included a nationwide literacy campaign, land redistribution to peasants, railway and road construction and the outlawing of female genital mutilation, forced marriages and polygamy. Sankara was overthrown and killed in the 1987 coup d’état led by Blaise Compaoré – deteriorating relations with former coloniser France and its ally the Ivory Coast were the reason given for the coup. (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burkina_Faso)
Righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a reproach to that nation.
We have seen for many years the many trials and the pain of the people of Burkina Faso in the hands of the leaders that came through either coups or any other means. But the question is, could it be that the people of Burkina Faso have walked away from the truth of their identity as a land of upright people like their “father” Thomas Sankara named them, just like all Afrikans are suffering because they have walked away from the original identity found in their original name Alkebulan which means Mother of the Earth and their current name Afrika which means Womb of Soul? It could as well be. For when a person loses his original identity and takes up the identity of someone else, he stops to live out truth and thereby must suffer for living out lies. There is boldness of speech and strength of character that comes with originality and a connection to ones true identity.
We definitely live in an age watered down by falsehood, false identity, pseudo-lifestyles that only undermines truth and integrity. But this does not have to continue to be, for when a people begin to know and also see that the path they had been on is not where they should be on, then there needs to be a change of route and a new path set.
Prayer for Burkina Faso
Beloved people of Burkina Faso, a people so graciously blessed and raised beyond reproach, your destiny and purpose is beyond the “slavery”, pain, poverty that has been attributed to you by those whose souls have been darkened. They subjected a large part of your independent days to torture, humiliation, fear, violence through coups and the many other things they did and still do in order to steal your identity and natural resources. But in all of this, you are still the one who is counted righteous, blessed and loved because your destiny demands such uprightness and blessedness. I bless you from my heart and I open the door of the blessing that your father Thomas Sankara gave to you. You are blessed beyond reproach. Justice shall ones again prevail in your corridors of power. For right in the midst of you shall rise forth those who will take on the torch of liberty, vision, uprightness and by the workings of the good Lord, they will lead your nation again in the path of uprightness.
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Samuel Phillips is a writer, graphic designer, photographer, songwriter, singer and a lover of God. As an Afrikan content creator, he is passionate about creating a better image and positive narrative about Afrika and Afrikans. He is a true Afrikan who believes that the true potential of Afrika and Afrikans can manifest through God and accurate collaborations between Afrikans. Afrika is the land of kings, emperors, original wisdom, ancient civilizations, great men and women and not some road-side-aid-begging poor third world continent that the world finds joy in undermining.