Education is very important as the world keeps evolving. Africa has the most educated leaders in the world. However, their educational qualification does not manifest in their performance.
Many critics and social commentators have attributed this to the high level of corruption evident within African governments.
The former president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe while alive was regarded as the most educated president in the world. He was widely regarded as the most qualified man on earth to assume the position of president in the world.
Most African countries are still poor and underdeveloped despite the fact that they are being governed by educated leaders. That is to say, educational qualification alone does not make a good leader.
In this article, we’ll look at the top 10 most educated African presidents who have attended higher education in no particular order.
- 1 1. President John Pombe Magufuli, TANZANIA
- 2 2. King Mohammed VI, MOROCCO
- 3 3. President Peter Mutharika, MALAWI
- 4 4. President Alassane Ouattara, IVORY COAST
- 5 5. President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, MALI
- 6 6. President Faure Essozimma Gnassingbe, TOGO
- 7 7. George Weah, LIBERIA
- 8 8. President Hage Geingob, NAMIBIA
- 9 9. President Jorge Carlos de Almeida Fonseca, CAPE VERDE
- 10 10. President Paul Biya, CAMEROON
1. President John Pombe Magufuli, TANZANIA
President Magufuli is a seasoned educationist and Chemist. Nicknamed the “Tanzanian bulldozer”, Dr. John Magufuli became the president of Tanzania in 2015. He was a former school teacher; he has a PhD in Chemistry.
- Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, University of Dar es Salaam
- Master’s degree in Chemistry, University of Dar es Salaam
- Doctorate degree in Chemistry, University of Dar es Salaam.
2. King Mohammed VI, MOROCCO
King Mohammed VI took over the throne of Morocco in 1999 after the death of his father, King Hassan. As king, he is the superpower of Morocco and is responsible for appointing a Prime Minister in the country.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Law, Mohammed V University at Agdal.
- Ph.D. in Law, French University of Nice Sophia Antipolis.
- In 1987, Mohammed obtained his first Certificat d’Études Supérieures (CES) in political sciences, and in July 1988 he obtained a Diplôme d’Études Approfondies (DEA) in public law.
3. President Peter Mutharika, MALAWI
President Mutharika is a renowned international Economic Law expert; his remarkable academic qualifications were a big reason behind his success at the presidential polls in 2014. He served as an adviser to his elder brother, ex-President Bingu Wa Mutharika who died in 2012.
- Law Degree, University of London.
- Master of Laws Degree (LL.M), Yale University.
- Doctor of the Science of Law Degree (JSD), Yale University.
4. President Alassane Ouattara, IVORY COAST
President Alassane has been at Ivory Coasts’s helm of leadership since 2010. He is a seasoned economist and financial expert. Critics argue that his understanding of economics has significantly impacted and sustained the economy of the Ivory Coast, making it one of the best in terms of economic growth in Africa.
- Bachelor of Science Degree, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- Master’s Degree in Economics, University of Pennsylvania.
- Ph.D. in Economics, University of Pennsylvania.
5. President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, MALI
Ibrahim Keita has ruled Mali since 2013. According to reports, his administration focuses on one key goal, and that is to eliminate corruption from the country. For this reason, he swears not to tolerate even the slightest dishonesty.
- Ibrahim studied at the Lycée Janson-de-Sailly in Paris and Lycée Askia-Mohamed in Bamako.
- He furthered at the University of Dakar, the University of Paris I and the Institut d’Histoire des Relations Internationales Contemporaines (IHRIC; Institute of the Modern History of International Relations).
- Ibrahim Keita has three degrees in Political International Relations, History, and Political Science, including graduate degrees in Political Science and International Relations.
- He also has a Master’s Degree in History
6. President Faure Essozimma Gnassingbe, TOGO
Faure Essozimma Gnassingbe became the president of Togo on 24 April 2005 and has remained so ever since then. He grabbed the power following his father Gnassigbe Eyadema’s death, who had already ruled the country for about 38 years.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Financial Management from the Sorbonne, in Paris.
- Master’s Degree in Business Administration from George Washington University in the United States.
7. George Weah, LIBERIA
Before venturing into politics, George Weah was a football player famously known as one of Africa’s best players of all time. He had played in the UEFA Champions League as well as the English Premier League. He also became the first and only African player to win FIFA world’s best player and other noteworthy awards.
- BA in Sports Management from Parkwood University, London (Note that this certificate is honourary, and not earned from the study)
- Degree in Business Administration from Devry Univesity Maimi
- Master’s Degree in Management from Keller’s Graduate School of Management.
8. President Hage Geingob, NAMIBIA
Hage Geingob is the third and current president of Namibia. He took power in 2015 after serving as the first Prime Minister of Namibia.
- Bachelor of Arts from Fordham University, New York.
- Master of Arts in International Relations from Graduate Faculty of The New School, New York.
9. President Jorge Carlos de Almeida Fonseca, CAPE VERDE
President Jorge Fonseca is a Cape Verdean politician, lawyer and university professor who has been President of Cape Verde since 2011. He served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1991 to 1993.
- Graduate in Law, University of Lisbon, Portugal
- Masters in Legal Sciences Faculty of Law, University of Lisbon, Portugal
10. President Paul Biya, CAMEROON
President Paul Biya is the second President of the State of Cameroon. He assumed office on 6 November 1982 following the resignation of President Ahmadou Ahidjo.
- BA in Law and Political science, University of Paris, Paris, France, 1960
- Diplome, Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Paris, 1961
- Diplome, Institut des Hautes Etudes d’Outre-Mer, 1962
- Diplome, Etudes Superieures en Droit Public, 1963