Top 10 Most Educated African Presidents
Education is necessary for every individual. It is definitely essential for heads of state. An educated leader is more likely to bring success to his/her nation more as compared to a non-educated leader.
Zambia’s very own President Edgar Lungu couldn’t make the list of the Most Educated African Presidents because he only has a Bachelor of Laws Degree (B.L), which he obtained, from the University of Zambia in 1981. He subsequently underwent military officer training at Miltez in Kabwe under Zambia National Service (ZNS).
While some African presidents don’t even have Bachelor’s Degree or even high school certificate, the leaders on this list have attained higher education. Among the current leaders of the 54 sovereign nations just thirteen of them are known to have Master’s Degree.
Below is a list of 10 out of 13 Most Educated African Presidents. However, it is honorary to mention, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of Somalia, Hage Geingob of Namibia and Jorge Carlos Fonseca of Cape Verde.
- Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Liberia)
Education: Master of Public Administration (M.P. Adm), Bachelor of Economics (BEc), Associate Degree in Accounting (A.A)
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the President of Liberia. She studied at the College of West Africa and Madison Business College. She joined the Economics Institute in Boulder, Colorado, in 1970. She has a Masters Degree in Public Administration.
Education: Master of Business Administration (M.B.A), Bachelor of Business (B.B.A)
Faure Gnassingbe completed his secondary education at Lome. He earned a degree in Financial Business Management at Paris and an MBA at The George Washington University in the USA.
8) Robert Mugabe (Zimbabwe)
Education: Master of Laws (LL.M), Master of Science (M.Sc), Bachelor of Science (B.Sc), Bachelor of Education (B. Ed), Bachelor of Administration (B.A.A), Bachelor of Arts (B.A)
Robert Mugabe is the President of Zimbabwe. He earned a BA degree at the university of Fort Hare and subsequently earned six more degrees through distance education; two law degrees are among them. He earned a Master of Science Degree while serving his country as its prime minister.
7) Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (Mali)
Education: Master of Political Science (M.S.), Master’s Degree in History (M.A.)
Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has been serving Mali as its president since 4 September 2013. He was educated at the Lycee Janson-de-Sailly in Paris, the Lycee Askia-Mohamed in Bamako, the University of Dakar, the University of Paris and the Institut d’Histoire des Relations Internationales Contemporaines.
6) Dr. Ameenah Gurib (Mauritius)
Education: PhD in Organic Chemistry, Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (B.Sc.)
Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim is the President of Mauritius. After completing her primary schooling at Saint-Patrice she moved to Mahebourg Loreto Convent. She finished her Higher School Certificate at Loreto convent Quatre Bornes. Later she moved to England and graduated from the University of Surrey in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry. She received her PhD in organic chemistry at Exeter University.
5) Dr. Mulatu Teshome (Ethiopia)
Education: Ph.D. in International Law, Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy (B.Phil.)
Dr. Malatu Teshome has been the President of Ethiopia since 7 October 2013. He received his education in China. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy Of political Economy and a Doctorate in International Law at the Peking University.
4) Alassane Ouattara (Cote d’Ivoire)
Education: Ph.D. in Economics, Masters of Economics (M.Econ.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Alassane Dramane Outtara is the President of Cote d’Ivoire. He graduated with a BSc degree from the Drexel Institute of Technology, which is now called Drexel University, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Later on he obtained both his Master’s Degree in Economics and PhD in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, United States.
3) Dr. Peter Mutharika (Malawi)
Education: Doctor of Juridical Science (J.S.D), Master of Laws (LL.M), Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.)
Dr. Peter Mutharika is the President of Malawi. He earned his law degree at the University of London and went on to receive his LL.M and Doctor of the Science of Law degrees from the Yale University.
2) King Mohammed VI (Morocco)
Education: Doctor of Law (J.D.), Master of Advanced Studies (M.A.S), Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.)
Mohammed VI is the King of Morocco. He completed his primary and secondary studies at the Royal College. Later on he attained his Baccalaureate in 1981 and went on to gain a Bachelor’s Degree in Law at the Mohammed V University at Agdal. He obtained his first Certicat d’Etudes Superieures (CES) in political sciences and also obtained a Diplome d’Etudes Approfondies (DEA) in Public Law. He earned his PhD in Law from the French University of Nice Sophia Antipolis.
1) Dr. Thomas Boni Yayi (Benin)
Education: PhD in Economics and Political, Master of Economics (M.Econ.)
Dr. Thomas Boni Yayi has been serving Benin as its president since 6 April 2006. He graduated with a Masters degree in economics from the National University of Benin. He continued his studies and earned another Masters degree in economics at the Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal. He completed his Doctorate in Economics and Politics at the University of Orleans in France. Later on he got another Doctorate in Economics at the Paris Dauphine University.