Governance

10 CURRENT BEST AFRICAN PRESIDENTS

  1. Paul Kagame

President of Rwanda

Paul Kagame is a Rwandan politician and former military leader. He is currently the President of Rwanda, having taken office in 2000 when his predecessor, Pasteur Bizimungu, resigned. Kagame previously commanded the rebel force that ended the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Born: October 23, 1957 (age 61 years), Ruanda-Urundi

Height: 6′ 2″

Spouse: Jeannette Kagame (m. 1989)

Children: Ange Kagame, Ivan Cyomoro Kagame, Ian Kagame, Brian Kagame

Movies: Earth Made of Glass

Education: Ntare School, Ntare Secondary School

2. John Magufuli

President of Tanzania

John Joseph Magufuli is a Tanzanian politician and the President of Tanzania, in office since 2015. First elected as a Member of Parliament in 1995, he served in the Cabinet of Tanzania as Deputy Minister

Born: October 29, 1959 (age 59 years), Chato District

Spouse: Janet Magufuli

Party: Chama Cha Mapinduzi

Education: University of Dar es Salaam (2009), MORE

Children: Joseph Magufuli, Jessica Magufuli

Siblings: Monica Joseph Magufuli

3. Nana Akufo-Addo

President of Ghana

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is the President of Ghana, in office since January 2017. He previously served as Attorney General from 2001 to 2003 and as Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2003 to 2007.

Born: March 29, 1944 (age 74 years), Accra, Ghana

Spouse: Rebecca Akufo-Addo

Children: Gyankroma Akufo-Addo, Edwina Nana Dokua Akufo-Addo, Adriana Dukua Akufo Addo, Yeboakua Akufo-Addo

Education: University of Ghana (1964–1967), University of Oxford, City, University of London, Lancing College

Parents: Edward Akufo-Addo, Adeline Addo

Siblings: Golda Akufo-Addo, Edward Akufo-Addo

4. Mokgweetsi Masisi

President of Botswana

Dr. Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi is the 5th and current President of Botswana. He has also served as Minister of Education since 2014, and previously he was Minister of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration from 2011 to 2014. He was first elected to Parliament in 2009.

Born: July 21, 1961 (age 57 years), Moshupa, Botswana

Nationality: Botswanan

Party: Botswana Democratic Party

Presidential term: April 1, 2018 –

Children: Atsile Masisi

Education: Florida State University, University of Botswana

5. Alassane Ouattara

President of the Ivory Coast

Alassane Dramane Ouattara is an Ivorian politician who has been President of Ivory Coast since 2010.

Born: January 1, 1942 (age 77 years), Dimbokro, Côte d’Ivoire

Spouse: Dominique Ouattara (m. 1991)

Party: Rally of the Republicans

Education: University of Pennsylvania (1967), MORE

Children: Fanta Ouattara, Dramane Ouattara

Siblings: Ibrahim Ouattara

6. Julius Maada Bio

President of Sierra Leone

Julius Maada Bio is a Sierra Leonean politician, and the 5th and current president of Sierra Leone since April 4, 2018.

Born: May 12, 1964 (age 54 years), Tihun

Spouse: Fatima Jabbe-Bio

Presidential term: April 4, 2018 –

Party: Sierra Leone People’s Party

Education: Bo School (1984), University of Bradford, American University

Children: Charlie Bio, Agnes Bio, Ivan Bio, Woni Bio

7. Alpha Condé

President of Guinea

Alpha Condé is a Guinean politician who has been President of Guinea since December 2010. He spent decades in opposition to a succession of regimes in Guinea, unsuccessfully running against President

Born: March 4, 1938 (age 80 years), Boké, Guinea

Presidential term: December 21, 2010 –

Spouse: Nènè Kanny Diallo (m. ?–1998), Mina Kone (m. ?–1973), Djene Kaba Condé

Education: Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, Pantheon-Sorbonne University, Sciences Po, University of Paris

Siblings: Hadja N’Sira Condé, Malick Condé

Children: Alpha Mohammed Condé

8. Uhuru Kenyatta

President of Kenya

Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta is a Kenyan politician and businessman who is the fourth and current President of the Republic of Kenya. He served as the Member of Parliament for Gatundu South from 2002 to 2013.

Born: October 26, 1961 (age 57 years), Nairobi, Kenya

Spouse: Margaret Wanjiru Gakuo (m. 1991)

Siblings: Margaret Kenyatta, Christine Wambui, MORE

Children: Jaba Kenyatta, Jomo Kenyatta, Ngina Kenyatta

Education: Amherst College (1981–1985), St. Mary’s School, Nairobi (1979)

Parents: Jomo Kenyatta, Ngina Kenyatta

9. Sahle-Work Zewde

President of Ethiopia

Sahle-Work Zewde is Ethiopian politician and diplomat who is the current President of Ethiopia, the first woman to hold the office. A diplomat, she was elected president unanimously by members of the Federal Parliamentary Assembly on 25 October 2018. Wikipedia

Born: February 21, 1950 (age 68 years), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Nationality: Ethiopian

Education: University of Montpellier, Lycée Guebre-Mariam

Employers: United Nations, African Union, Intergovernmental Authority on Development

10. Adama Barrow

President of the Gambia

Adama Barrow is a Gambian politician and real estate developer who is the third and current President of the Gambia, in office since 2017. Born in Mankamang Kunda, a village near Basse Santa Su, he attended Crab Island Secondary School and the Muslim High School, the latter on a scholarship.

Born: February 16, 1965 (age 53 years), Basse Santa Su, Gambia

Education: Muslim Senior Secondary School

Presidential term: January 19, 2017 –

Spouse: Fatou Bah, Sarjo Mballow

Parents: Mamudu Barrow, Kaddijatou Jallow

Children: Habibu Barrow

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