Thomas Sankara became President of Burkina Faso after seizing power in a military coup in 1983. He was 33 years old. His political program was one of the most ambitious the African continent has ever seen; he nationalized all land and mineral wealth, doubled wheat production, eschewed the IMF and the World Bank, vaccinated 2.5 million children, abolished poll taxes and rents, and started a massive project of infrastructure construction. He would be killed 4 years late, at the age of 36.
I think he’s one of the most overlooked Marxist revolutionaries in world history, which is a shame, because he was certainly one of the most successful and heroic.