When Leopold Sedar Senghor heard that Thomas Sankara had changed the name of his country from Haute Volta to Burkina Faso, and the people who live there will be called Burkinabes, he sent a letter to him saying Mr President, this appellation does not correspond to French therefore I will suggest that you call the population Burkineux and Burkineuse. But Thomas Sankara replied to him: “We are not French people and we don’t want to speak French better than you. We are Africans and this appellation shall remain like this. “
The Great Thomas Sankara was then considered as the enemy of the France Government ever since. In fact, not because of the name, but because of his firm believe on his own people and country for change. He was one among the confident, visionary and determined leaders in Africa.