Countless times have we heard the phrase, ‘education is the key to success’ this statement has not been said in vain. Education is one of the most rewarding ventures a human being can undertake. We not only get educated to gain knowledge but also to gain skills that will be utilized as a source of livelihood. In a bid to set a good example to their citizens, many African presidents have set the bar a notch higher by attaining the highest standards of education setting them apart from many inhabitants of the African continent.
This list of the most educated African presidents strives to bring to our knowledge, their levels of education and the schools that they attended. The clamor for education in Africa has seen many Africans travel across the globe in a bid to quench their thirst for education. This has surely bore fruit because Africa prides itself on having a large educated lot despite it being referred to as the continent in which civilization is yet to come.
List of the Most Educated African Presidents
Being a head of state is no mean feat. It requires an astute character, good leadership skills, and last but not least, a good education. Plato, one of the ancient philosophers made this averment in respect to an educated leader, ‘a learned leader stands a better chance to do well more than their uneducated counterparts.’
The following list entails Africa’s most educated presidents.
|Ellen Johnson Sirleaf||Liberia|
|Faure Essozimna Gnassingbe||Togo|
|Ibrahim Boubacar Keita||Mali|
|Dr. Ameenah Gurib||Mauritius|
|Dr. Mulatu Teshome||Ethiopia|
|Alassane Quattara||Ivory Coast|
|King Mohammed VI||Morocco|
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf- Liberia
Ellen is the first elected female president in Africa. She was elected in 2006 and has served as Liberia’s head of state to date. She quite the learned fellow, having studied at the College of West Africa and later on proceeding to Madison Business College in Wisconsin where she acquired an Associate Degree in Accounting. She later joined the Economics Institute in Boulder Colorado in 1970. She also has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in the United States of America.
Faure Essozimna Gnassingbe- Togo
Having been the president of Togo since May 2005, this former president’s son is one of the most educated African presidents. Gnassingbe completed his high school education back home and then proceeded to France for his Bachelor’s degree in Financial Business Management.
Apart from that, Faure prides of having a Masters of Business Administration from The George Washington University in the United States of America.
Ibrahim Boubacar Keita- Mali
Ibrahim has been Mali’s president since September 4th, 2013. Apart from being a shrewd leader, he is also among Africa’s most educated presidents. He boasts of two Masters Degrees, one in Political Science from Lycee Janson-de-Sailly in Paris, France and another in History from the Lycee Askia-Mohamed in Bamako.
Keita also has an additional degree in Political Science from the University of Dakar and last but not least, a degree in International law from the Institute d’Histoire des Relations Internationales Contemporariness.
Dr. Ameenah Gurib- Mauritius
Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim is the first female elected president of Mauritius. She assumed office in 2015. She is among the top most educated presidents in Africa. Having completed her primary school education at Saint-Patrice, she proceeded to Mahebourg Loreto Convent for her high school education.
After that, she proceeded to the University of Surrey in England where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. She also has a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Exeter University.
Dr. Mulatu Teshome- Ethiopia
Dr. Mulatu has been Ethiopia’s head of state since October 2013. After acquiring his primary and secondary education in Ethiopia, he later moved to China where he attained a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. His highest educational accomplishment is his doctorate in International Law, which he earned from Peking University.
Alassane Quattara- Ivory Coast
Alassane Ouattara was re-elected for his second term last year. He has been the president of Ivory Coast since 2010. He graduated from Drexel Institute of Technology in Pennsylvania, with a Bachelor’s degree in Science and later on proceeded to obtain both his master’s degree in economics and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania in the United States.
Peter Mutharika- Malawi
Meet this expert in International economic law, Comparative constitutional law, cum president of Malawi. Peter Mutharika is among Africa’s most educated presidents, having earned his law degree from the University of London and later on proceeded to acquire his master’s and a doctorate in law from the prestigious Yale University.
King Mohammed VI- Morocco
King Mohammed VI, succeeded his father as king of Morocco in 1999. He has served as the country’s head of state since then. He first attended the Qur’anic school at the Royal Palace where he received religious education and learned the Qur’an by heart. He, later on, attended his primary and secondary education at the Royal College in Morocco.
He later on proceeded to attain his Bachelor’s degree in law at the Mohammed V University located in Agdal. He also has a Certificat d’Etudes Superieures in political science and a Diplome d’Etudes Approfondies in public law.
As if that is not enough, King Mohammed VI has a Ph.D. in law from the French University in Antipolis. It is quite evident that his education achievements make him stand out as one of the most educated African presidents.
Robert Mugabe- Zimbabwe
Mugabe is one of Africa’s longest-serving presidents and arguably, one of the most ruthless leaders in the world. But besides that, he is an academic guru.
Mugabe has attained two Master’s degrees, one in law and another in science. He also boasts of three Bachelor’s degrees, in science, education, and arts respectively. From the above inferences, it is right to say that educated presidents in Africa such as Mugabe are a force to reckon with.
A good education translates to good leadership skills. This is because intelligence emanates from education. The famous quote, ‘leaders are readers’, has been given lots of meaning by the aforementioned list of the most educated African presidents. Not only do they wield political power, but also an authority in different fields of knowledge.