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Here Is Africa’s Most Educated Presidents! Really Can’t Believe Some Presidents Are Not Here

Viewing leadership as an expression of responsible citizenship goes back to Plato and Aristotle. For Plato, a major concern is the possibility that leadership could degenerate if the leader does not separate his personal interests from the welfare of those he governs.

In addition, intelligence is central to the Platonic view of leadership, so the idea that more educated citizens could be better leaders would come as no surprise.

Here is the list of most educated African presidents

1. Robert Mugabe

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Qualified as a teacher.Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Fort Hare.He then studied at the University of Oxford in 1952, Salisbury (1953), Gwelo (1954), and Tanzania (1955–1957). Mugabe subsequently earned six further degrees through distance learning.

These include a Bachelor of Administration and Bachelor of Education from the University of South Africa and a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Laws, Master of Science, and Master of Laws, all from the University of London External Programme. The two Law degrees were taken whilst he was in prison, whilst the Master of Science degree was taken during his premiership of Zimbabwe.

2. King Mohammed VI – Morocco

Morocco's King Mohammed VI speaks beside his son Crown Prince Moulay Hassan III and his brother Moulay Rachid, in Tangier

He attended the Qur’anic school at the Royal Palace where he learned the Qur’an by heart, and received a religious and traditional education. Primary and secondary studies at the Royal College
B.A in law at the College of law of the Mohammed V University, Rabat.
Certificat d’Études Supérieures (CES) in political sciences & Diplôme d’Études Approfondies DEA in public law.
Trained in Brussels with Jacques Delors, then President of the European Commission
Doctorate in law (PhD) with “Very Honorable” distinction and the Congratulations of the Jury on 29 October 1993 from the French University of Nice Sophia Antipolis for his thesis on “EEC-Maghreb Relations.”

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – Liberia


From 1948 to 55 Ellen Johnson studied accounts and economics at the College of West Africa in Monrovia. After marriage at the age of 17 to James Sirleaf, she travelled to America (in 1961) and continued her studies, achieving a degree from the University of Colorado. From 1969 to 71 she read economics at Harvard, gaining a masters degree in public administration. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf then returned to Liberia and began working in William Tolbert’s (True Whig Party) government.

4. President Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé – Togo


Born in Afagnan in Lacs Prefecture, Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé was one of Gnassingbé Eyadéma’s many children; his mother was Séna Sabine Mensah. Gnassingbé received his secondary education in Lomé. He then studied in Paris and obtained Master of Business Admnistration degree from The George Washington University, USA.

5. President José Eduardo dos Santos – Angola

José Eduardo dos Santos

He was awarded a scholarship in 1963 to study in the Soviet Union where he received a degree in petroleum engineering. Upon graduation in 1969, he stayed in the Soviet Union to continue his studies in Communications.

In power for 33 years, despite having never been formally elected, Angola’s President Jose Eduardo dos Santos is Africa’s second-longest serving head of state – trailing Equatorial Guinea’s Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo by just one month.

6. President Dr. Thomas Yayi Boni – Benin


Educated in Parakou, and later studied economics at the National University of Benin.
He studied banking at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal, and later economics and politics at the University of Orléans in France and at Paris University, where he completed a doctorate in economics in 1976.

7. President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete – Tanzania


Kikwete attended Msoga Primary School from 1958 to 1961, followed by Lugoba Middle School from 1962 to 1965. This followed with his O-level education at Kibaha Secondary School from 1966 to 1969. His advanced level education was completed at Tanga Secondary School followed by a degree in Economics at the University of Dar es Salaam from 1972 to 1975.

9. President Paul Biya- Cameroon


His Excellency Paul Biya was born on 13 February 1933 at Mvoméka’a, Meyomessala Subdivision, Dja-et-Lobo Division, South Province. President Paul Biya is the second President of the State of Cameroon.

1948:            First School Leaving Certificat (CEPE) (Nden);

1948/1950:   St. Tharcissius Pre-seminary, Edea;

1950/1954:   Akono Minor Seminary;

June 1953:   BEPC

1954/1956:   Lycee General Leclerc

June 1955:   Baccalaureat lere partie

June 1956:   Baccalaureat 2e partie Lycee Louis le Grand (Paris).

University education

Degree in Public Law, Diploma of the Institut d’Etudes Politioues, Diploma from the Institut des Hautes Etudes d’Outre-Mer.

Diplôme d’Etudes Superieurs in Public law.

10. Peter Mutharika- Malawi


  • Born in 1940
  • Studied law at the US’s Yale University and University of London
  • Former law professor at Washington University

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