Education is a necessity for everyone. It’s an indispensable components of good leadership. If a person is educated, he/she is more likely to be civilized and in a better position to lead his/her nation to success than a person without education. In addition, intelligence is central to the platonic view of leadership, so the idea that more educated citizens could be better leaders would come as no surprise.
Who is the most educated president in Africa?
Among the current leaders of the 54 sovereign nations just thirteen of them are known to have master’s degree.
Most Educated African President In 2019
10. Hage Geingob – Namibia
Education: Master of Arts in International Affairs (M.A.I.A.), Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Hage Gottfried Geingob is the President of Namibia. He received his early education at Otavi under the Bantu Education System. He enrolled at the Augustineum in 1958. He joined the Temple University in Philadelphia in the year 1964 on a scholarship. He earned a BA degree at the Fordham University in New York and an MA degree in International Relations at the Graduate Faculty of The New School in New York. He took power in 2015 after serving in different leadership positions.
9. George Weah – Liberia
Education: BA in Sports Management
Degree in Business Administration
Master’s Degree in Management History was made in Liberia and in the whole of Africa in 2018 when George became the 25th president of Liberia. This is mostly because 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.
8. Faure Essozimna Gnassingbe – Togo
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. 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.
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 Lycée Janson-de-Sailly in Paris, the Lycée Askia-Mohamed in Bamako, the University of Dakar, the University of Paris I and the Institut d’Histoire des Relations Internationales Contemporaines. His administration focuses on one key goal and that is to eliminate corruption entirely from the country. For this reason, he swears not to tolerate even the slightest dishonesty.
6. 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 Mahébourg 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. Ameenah Gurib had a smooth path to her election and has been ruling Mauritius since 2015. The biodiversity scientist is the third woman to serve as the president of the country but the first woman to be elected as one. She has been recognised internationally for the rapid progress her administration has seen so far. She’s one of the most educated president in 2019.
5. 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. Mulatu Teshome has been in power since 2013. He served in different leadership positions before finally becoming the president of the country through a parliamentary vote.
4. Alassane Ouattara – Ivory Coast
Education: Ph.D. in Economics, Master of Economics (M.Econ.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Alassane Dramane Ouattara is the President of Côte 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. Alassane has been at Ivory Coasts’s helm of leadership since 2010. His academic qualifications and experiences in financial institutions seem to have given him the best chance to succeed in his presidential bid hence he’s listed amongst the most educated president.
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 Yale University. He has a good academic qualification that partly won him a seat at Malawi’s presidency in 2014. The lawyer had also played several leadership roles before his election.
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 Certificat d’Études Supérieures (CES) in political sciences and also obtained a Diplôme d’Études Approfondies (DEA) in public law. He earned his PhD in law from the French University of Nice Sophia Antipolis. He has been on the throne of Morrocco since 1999 after the demise of his father, King Hassan. As the king of the country, he is the superpower of Morocco and the one in charge of appointing the Prime Minister of the country.
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 Master’s degree in economics at the Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal. He completed his doctorate in economics and politics at the University of Orléans in France. Later on he got another doctorate in economics at the Paris Dauphine University.
When it comes to education, the example set by these leaders is definitely worth emulation.