Leadership Lessons from Burkina Faso of Africa

Leadership Lessons from Burkina Faso of AfricaFormerly called, Republic of Upper Volta, the landlocked African country is now renamed as Burkina Faso. It is surrounded by Mali, Niger, Benin, Togo, Ghana and Ivory coast to the southwest. The country stands at the edge of varying political developments. As of the current time, preparations for elections in October are at peak but that requires Burkinabes to remove military from power.

All this tends to put the country under a very uncertain sort of situation that the political and economical situation here remains at stake. Still there are some leadership gems of the country that allow the world to learn from their leadership. That is particularly for leadership in Africa.

The Deeper Look

The recent release of several ministers and interim President himself, who were taken to prison , agitated a number of leaders along with public. This made Roch Kabore issue a statement condemning this action strongly and demanding the public desire to install democracy and justice.

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 His leadership has got to go through a tough trial in the election of October that would be the decider of the fate of Burkina Faso.

Des leaders de l'opposition Burkinabe Zephirin Diabre (G) et Rock Marc Kabore (D) avant une rencontre entre responsables de l'opposition, societe civile et des chefs religieux et traditionnels, au total une soixantaine de personnes, doivent se retrouver en "conference pleniere" pour approuver une "charte de la transition le 8 novembre 2014 a Ouagadougou. AFP PHOTO / ISSOUF SANOGO

The bold and the powerful statements and actions by Kabore kindles a hope of political transformation in hearts of Burkabes. His struggles seem to be true and for the cause of nation since he is aware of the public’s sentiment and their daily life problems.

“We need to create riches, through investment and development. But we must share that wealth, the three points which are most important to me are education, because that will allow us to transform the future; health care – not just hospitals, we need trained doctors, we need antiseptic facilities; and we need good governance – transparency, integrity in government.”

The above statement sums up his intention and the art of doing politics by geeing himself involved with his man and their issues.


Thomas Sankara, an ever remembered post-colonial hero of the country is also an example to learn about African leadership. After him, it was Blaise Campaore who has not yet been decided as a ruthless ruler of Africa or a good far sighted figure who played his part in Guinea crisis, the Ivory Coast crisis, terrorists dealings. Also he worked out to liberate hostages by Al Qaida in 2011.

Kabore was also part of Campaore’s government earlier, serving as Minister of Transport, Finance, International Relations , Prime Minister and the advisor to the president. But the situation led towards him makinh his own MPP and got a bach from socialist party of the country.

Kabore says :

“There is a lot to invest in here –the country needs everything: infrastructure, electricity, services. We use geothermal energy, but we should develop solar. We use petroleum lamps, when there should be electricity from solar panels which can then be disturbed to everyone.”

People gather at the Place de la Nation in Ouagadougou on September 16, 2015, few hours after Burkina Faso's interim President and Prime Minister were detained at the presidential palace by guards loyal to ousted leader Blaise Compaore, the speaker of parliament said on September 16. Members of Compaore's Presidential Security Regiment (RSP) "burst into the cabinet room at 2:30 pm and kidnapped the president of Burkina Faso Michel Kafando and Prime Minister Isaac Zida, and two ministers (Augustin Loada and Rene Bagoro)," interim parliament speaker Cheriff Sy said today. AFP PHOTO / AHMED OUOBA        (Photo credit should read AHMED OUOBA/AFP/Getty Images)

All these struggles and realizations have one united aim of letting the country free of the military rule and creating a democratic environment as in general and political both.

The war between the military coup and Quest for Democracy is the present political picture of Burkina Faso. But it has been noticed that military has recently evolved in a good way. They are not willing to shoot at crowd blindly and obey orders without justice being checked.

So this is somehow a result of quality leadership by African leaders. Having Known that, what do you think? Share your views.

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