Below is a compilation of the first 7 most dressed African Presidents.
1. Jean-Bédel Bokassa
Jean Bedel Bokassa ruled Central African Republic for over 10 years by coming into power through a military coup. Although he did bring some positive changes to the country like banning genital mutilation and building a more robust public transport system, his ego ultimately hindered any real progress in the C.A.R. The photo below shows him at his presidential inauguration in 1966 lavishly adorned in gold, sitting on a gold throne, wearing a gold crown, with a gold eagle in the backdrop. An inauguration ceremony that cost the state over $400 million!
2. Haile Selassie
The kings of kings, Jah Rastafari, and Emperor of Ethiopia. There is no doubting that the forefather of Rastafari had style. Below is a picture of him with his lion cubs at his palace in Addis Ababa.
3. Hastings Kamuzu Banda
This suave southern African ruled Malawi for over 30 years, but during that time always made sure he looked sharp.
4. Jerry Rawlings
This flight lieutenant became President of Ghana via a coup d’état in 1979, but always stayed looking cool whether it was in military attire or national dress.
5. Olusegun Obasanjo
Arguably Nigeria’s most successful President, he served two terms in office, and in that time bolstered sustained growth in Nigeria’s economy via large-scale reform in both industry and education. Here you see him wearing Yoruba national dress when meeting the then US President, Jimmy Carter.
6. Nelson Mandela
One of the most influential figures of the 20th century, period! His flamboyant shirts only enhanced his global popularity even more.
7. Gooluck Jonathan
He may not the most popular Nigerian President to have been in office, but certainly one of the coolest dressers around.