SOAS University of London

Centre of African Studies

Thomas Sankara, World Bank and CFA Franc: the tyranny of African debt


Date: 6 March 2018Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 6 March 2018Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Conference

Topic: The role of CFA Franc, World Bank, IMF, money creation from Central Banks and foreign aid are put into question for their role in creating endless poverty.

The seminar is dedicated to African hero Thomas Sankara, President of Burkina Faso from 1983 to 1987. Shortly after giving an unforgettable speech at the African Union, where he urged all the other African Presidents to refuse to pay the odious debt, Sankara was assassinated.
He saved his country from famine and foreign aid dependency and he was one of the few Presidents to overtly accuse and challenge the powers behind the dictatorship of debt, which not only does enslave Africa, but First World too.
Incorruptible, unshakable feminist and emblem of Pan-Africanism, Thomas Sankara is still regarded as a symbol of hope for younger generations in Africa. His message is more relevant today than anytime in history.

Becky Brandford (BBC News)
Lamine Konkobo (BBC Afrique)
Nick Dearden (Global Justice Now)
Rachel Oliver (Positive Money UK)

Chair: Seraphin Kamdem (SOAS)

At the end of the seminar a monologue from the upcoming stage play "SANKARA" will be performed.

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The play opens on the 20th of March 2018 at The Cockpit Theatre (Marylebone) and runs until the 14th of April.

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