Top 10 All Time Greatest Leaders Of Africa.
Many of Africa’s greatest leaders died and some lived in order to give us a better platform to speak about our oppression (our holocaust) as well as our victories. They must be honored by continuing the spirit of their mission. We must therefore build upon their legacy to bring about a new African Future.
Today we will name the Top 10 All Time Greatest Leaders Of Africa. This list is based on a Leaders ability to delegate, communicate, possess a positive attitude to foster change and the ability to inspire the next generation.
#10: Samora Machel
Samora Machel was the first President of the Republic of Mozambique. Machel served Mozambique from 1975 till he died in 1986. Machel was a military commander and a revolutionary socialist. His actions and ideology still leaves on even today and helps many Mozambicans. Samora Machel died in a mysterious plane crush.
#9: Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is the 24th and current President of Liberia. She is Africa’s first elected female head of state. She won the 2005 presidential election and assumed Office on 18 January 2006. Many people have praised her for bringing stability back to Liberia after years of civil war. She was awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize.
#8: Jomo Kenyatta
Jomo Kenyatta was the first President of Kenya. Kenya was independent in 1963. Jomo Kenyatta served as the leader of Kenya from the time it became independent till his death in 1978. Kenyatta was Kenya’s Prime Minister between 1963 and 1964, then President between 1964 and 1978. He brought stability and economic growth to Kenya. He fostered a pro-Western, anti-communist economic philosophy and foreign policy.
#7: Thomas Sankara
Thomas Isidore Noel Sankara served as the President of Burkina Faso between 1983 and 1987. He seized power in 1983 at the age of 33 in an endeavor to eliminate corruption and the dominance of the former French colonial power in 1983. Many people call him the “African Che Guevara.” He was a military captain, pan-African theorist, Marxist revolutionary and feminist. He was an icon for many young Africans in the 1980. Even to this day he is a hero for many in Burkina Faso. Sankara is praised for his integrity and selflessness. An armed group assassinated Sankara on October 15, 1987.
Patrice Emery Lumumba was the founder of the mainstream Mouvement National Congolais (MNC) party. He played a major role in campaigning for independence from Belgium. Lumumba was the first democratically elected Prime Minister of Congo.
#5: Julius Nyerere
Julius Kambarage Nyerere is one of Africa’s most respected figures. Nyerere was the first President of Tanzania and held office from 29 October 1964 to 5 November 1985. In 1964 he successfully negotiated the union of Zanzibar and Tanganyika, resulting in today’s Tanzania. Nyerere voluntarily stepped down as President in 1985.
#4: Haile Selassie
Haile Selassie was a member of the Solomonic Dynasty. Selassie served Ethiopia as its regent from 1916 to 1930 and as its emperor from 1930 to 1974. He fended off an invasion by Italy. In 1936, at the League of Nations, he condemned the use of chemical weapons by Italy against his people during the second Italo-Ethiopian War. Haile Selassie played a major role in starting the Organization Of African Unity.
#3: Kwame Nkrumah
Kwame Nkrumah was the leader of Ghana and its predecessor state, the Gold Coast, from 1951 to 1966. He was the first Prime Minister of Ghana. Nkrumah was one of the founding members of the Organization of African Unity, which later became African Union.
#2: Kenneth Kaunda
Kenneth David Kaunda also known as KK was Zambia’s first President and served from 1964 to 1991. In 1949 Kaunda stepped down as a part-time teacher to become the Organizing Secretary of Northern Province’s Northern Rhodesian African National Congress. In 1955 Kaunda was imprisoned for two months with hard labor for distributing subversive literature. Kaunda formed the Zambian African National Congress (ZANC) in October 1958. ZANC was banned in March 1959 and in June Kaunda was sentenced to nine months imprisonment, which he spent first in Lusaka, then Salisbury. On 24 October Kaunda became the first president of an independent Zambia. Even after he came out of presidency, Kaunda has played a major role in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa. Kaunda is one of the few who is still alive amongst his peers who fought for the independence of most African countries.
#1) Nelson Mandela
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela is world-widely known for his involvement in South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement. Greatly inspired by Mahatma Gandhi, this great African Son directed a peaceful, non-violent defiance against South African government and its racist policies. Mandela served as the President of South Africa from 10 May 1994 to 14 June 1999. Today he is regarded as a symbol of global peace and he is considered the best leader in the History of Africa. He won the Nobel Prize in 1993. Movies about his life have been made in honor of his legacy.