Top 10 Most Educated Presidents In Africa

In no special order these are the most educated African Presidents according to africacradle

Robert Mugabe – Zimbabwe

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Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe

 

 

He qualified as a teacher with 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 including 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.

 

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. A Start in Politics Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf served as Minister of Finance from 1972 to 73, but left after a disagreement over public spending. As the 70s progressed, life under Liberia’s one-party state became more polarised – to the benefit of the Americo-Liberian elite. On 12 April 1980 Master Sergeant Samuel Kayon Doe, a member of the indigenous Krahn ethnic group, seized power in a military coup and President William Tolbert was executed along with several members of his cabinet by firing squad. Life under Samuel Doe With the People’s Redemption Council now in power, Samuel Doe began a purge of government. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf narrowly escaped – choosing exile in Kenya. From 1983 to 85 she served as Director of Citibank in Nairobi, but when Samuel Doe declared himself president of the Republic in 1984 and unbanned political parties, she decided to return. During the 1985 elections Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf campaigned against Doe, and was placed under house arrest. An Economist’s Life in Exile Sentenced to ten years in prison, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf spent just a short time incarcerated, before being allowed to leave the country once again as an exile. During the 1980s she served as Vice President of both the African Regional Office of Citibank, in Nairobi, and of (HSCB) Equator Bank, in Washington. Back in Liberia civil unrest erupted once more. On 9 September 1990, Samuel Doe was killed by a splinter group from Charles Taylor‘s National Patriotic Front of Liberia.

Liberia President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

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.

 

Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan – Nigeria

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Nigeria President Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan

Born in 1957 in the oil-rich Niger Delta region, Mr Jonathan is a Christian from the Ijaw ethnic group. His family’s trade was canoe-making. He worked as an education inspector, lecturer and environmental protection officer before going into politics in 1998.Just as his rapid rise to power in the federal government owed a lot to luck, so too did his promotion Jonathan holds a B.Sc. degree in Zoology in which he attained Second Class Honours. He holds an M.Sc. degree in Hydrobiology and Fisheries biology, and a PhD degree in Zoology from the University of Port Harcourt.

 

Dr Thomas Yayi-Boni – Benin

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Benin President Dr Thomas Yayi-Boni

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.Thomas Boni Yayi won presidential elections in March 2006, and again in 2011. He won 75% of the votes in the 2006 polls, but managed only 53% in the 2011 elections.

 

Paul Biya – Cameroun

cameroon prez Paul-BiyaPaul Biya was born on 13 February 1933 at Mvoméka’a, Meyomessala Subdivision, Dja-et-Lobo Division, South Province.
1. – Education1948: First School Leaving Certificat (CEPE) (Nden);1948/1950: St. Tharcissius Pre-seminary, Edea;1950/1954: Akono Minor Seminary;June 1953: BEPC1954/1956: Lycee General LeclercJune 1955: Baccalaureat lere partieJune 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.

 

Faure Essozimna Gnassingbe – Togo

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Togo President Faure Essozimna Gnassingbe

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.He was a deputy to the National Assembly of Togo for Blitta, coordinator of the commission in charge of privatization and served as Minister of Mines and Telecommunications from July 29, 2003 to February 2005. He has a reputation of a skilled politician. Since coming to power, he has been working tirelessly to reconcile Togolese politicians and revive the relations with European Union. He has 8 kids from different women.

 

Peter Mutharika – Malawi

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Malawi President Peter Mutharika

Born in 1940, he studied law at the US’s Yale University and University of London. He’s a former law professor at Washington University. He’s the brother of late President Bingu wa Mutharika and was elected as an MP in 2009. He served as Justice, education and foreign minister in brother’s cabinet.

 

Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete – Tanzania

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Tanzania President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete

Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete – Tanzania Kikwete attended Msoga Primary School from 1958 to 1961, followed by Lugoba Middle School from 1962 to 1965, O-level education at Kibaha Secondary School from 1966 to 1969. A-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.

After graduating, Kikwete joined the ruling party. Kikwete served in the Tanzanian military, becoming the Chief Political Instructor of the Tanzania People’s Defence Forces in 1984. He also rose through army ranks to become a political instructor in the military academy and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1992. He has been in the cabinet since 1988 and was previously Minister of Finance and Minister of Energy and Minerals.

 

Jose Eduardo dos Santos – Angola

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Angola President Jose 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.

 

 

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

King of Morocco Mohammed VI

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 CollegeB.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 CommissionDoctorate 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.”

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