Intelligence and education are indispensable components of good leadership. That is why according to Plato, one of the ancient philosophers, it is believed that a learned leader stands a better chance of doing well more than his uneducated counterpart. Although many African countries are still rated as under developed with (sometimes) less than average general literacy level, we see a lot of world’s most highly educated leaders coming from Africa.
Here are the Most educated presidents in Africa at the moment – No. 1 is not only the most educated in Africa but also in the entire world!
10. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – Liberia
- Associate Degree in Accounting from Madison Business College, in Madison, Wisconsin.
- Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.
9. Faure Essozimna Gnassingbe – Togo
- Bachelor’s Degress in Financial Management from the Sorbonne, in Paris.
- Master’s Degree in Business Administration from The George Washington University in the United States.
8. Ibrahim Boubacar Keita – Mali
- Master’s Degree in History
- Master’s Degree in Political Science and International Relations
Ibrahim studied at the Lycée Janson-de-Sailly in Paris and Lycée Askia-Mohamed in Bamako, continuing his education 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). He has a Master’s degree in History and an additional graduate degree in Political Science and International Relations.
7. Ameenah Gurib – Mauritius
- Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) Degree from the University of Surrey.
- PhD in Organic Chemistry from Exeter University, England.
6. Mulatu Teshome – Ethiopia
- Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy of Political Economy from Peking University, Beijing, China.
- Doctorate Degree in International Law from Peking University, Beijing, China.
5. Alassane Uoattara – Ivory Coast
- Bachelor of Science Degree from the Drexel University, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
- PhD in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
4. Peter Mutharika – Malawi
- Law Degree from the University of London.
- Master of Laws Degree (LL.M) from Yale University.
- Doctor of the Science of Law Degree (JSD) from Yale University.
3. King Mohammed VI – Morocco
- Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the Mohammed V University at Agdal.
- PhD in Law from the 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.
2. Thomas Boni – Benin
- Master’s Degree in Economic at the National University of Benin.
- Master’s Degree in Economics at the Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal.
- Doctorate Degree in Economics and Politics at the University of Orléans in France.
- Doctorate Degree in Economics from the Paris Dauphine University.
1. Robert Mugabe – Zimbabwe
- Bachelor of Arts (History and English) (BA) degree from the University of Fort Hare (1951)
- Bachelor of Administration (B.Admin) from University of South Africa (Unisa)
- Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) from the University of South Africa (Unisa)
- Bachelor of Science (BSc.) in Economics from University of London
- Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from University of London
- Master of Laws (LL.M) from University of London
- Master of Science (MSc.) in Economics from University of London
In addition, Robert Gabriel Mugabe has other 14 Honorary degrees from both local and international Universities out of which 3 (all from international Universities), have been revoked.