Five African coups that have proven to be the most painful for its people

Nii Ntreh Nov 7, 2019 at 12:36pm

November 07, 2019 at 12:36 pm | History, Opinions & Features

Nii Ntreh

Nii Ntreh | Staff Writer

November 07, 2019 at 12:36 pm | History, Opinions & Features

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Thomas Sankara. Photo Credit: The Guardian Nigeria

Thomas Sankara

Thomas Sankara is the only man on this list who came to power through a coup. But that is because he is also arguably the only African military leader who was ahead of his time in his approach to development.

Sankara oversaw an increase in food production, improved participation of women in commerce and the economy and forced the middle class to be sensitive to the plight of the poor.

The man who led the coup against Sankara, Blaise Compaore ruled from 1987 to 2014. Compaore himself is reportedly wanted by Burkina Faso for the murder of Sankara.

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