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.
As the first PhD holder from his village, Tanzanian historian Herbert Ndomba feels that he has a duty to study his community's history. African history, he thinks, should be rewritten from an African perspective.
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.
The Tanzanian university lecturer had to overcome several challenges during his field research – and now has some advice for history students.
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