The revolutionary leader Thomas Sankara is considered one of the great African political figures of the 20th century, His ideas still influence politics in Burkina Faso today.
Three young researchers in Cameroon say Africans need to retake possession of their history — because owning your own history liberates your mind. DW's Henri Fotso met them in Yaounde.
Dubbed the "African Che Guevara," Thomas Sankara led a revolution in the former Upper Volta, reinventing the state as Burkina Faso. Even though he was murdered only years later, his influence lasts until today.
A few Swahili sayings translate as "let bygones be bygones." Kenyan researcher Serah Kasembeli sees the past as a blueprint for the future though and chose to focus on slavery and the effects of colonialism.
PhD student Tegenu Gossa Aredo uses Ethiopia as the foundation for his study into the prehistory of human evolution. He hopes to rectify a long-held but distorted world view of Africa by digging into its dynamic past.
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