Over the years, African leaders have been widely known for their great achievements and brilliancy. Nevertheless there are a few who are being recognized not only for the above traits but for their smooth and charming looks.
These leaders, whether young and old are not only powerful in their countries but are handsome as well. This week, 42-year-old Abiy Ahmed was sworn-in as Ethiopia’s new leader and already, dozens of women are going crazy over his movie star looks.
This has since sparked a debate as to whether Ahmed could be the most handsome African leader. However, despite the rages this debate had already caused on social media, we have a come to compile our own favourite list of 6 of Africa’s leaders who are charming when it comes to Handsomeness. Check out out list and let’s have you share your thoughts.
Pierre Nkurunziza – Burundi
The 54-year-old has been president of Burundi since 2005. He was recently named “Eternal Supreme Guide” by his political party, the National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy. This came ahead of a constitutional reform in May which could allow Nkurunziza to stay in power till 2034. You may not like him for his dictatorial tendencies but you can’t take away the fact that he is appealing.
King Mswati – Swaziland
The 49-year old king who calls himself ngweyama, “the lion,” owns most of the country’s land and rules by decree, appointing all of the top positions in government. At the age of 18, Mswati was crowned Mswati III making him the youngest ruling monarch at the time. He is known to be a proud adherent of polygamy and currently has over ten wives. Despite being criticized for owning much of the wealth while a majority of people live in poverty, he is still attracting more women with his looks.
Joseph Kabila – DR Congo
Born in 1971, Kabila has been ruling DR Congo since 2001. He assumed office after the assassination of his father Laurent-Désiré Kabila and was elected president in 2006. In 2011, he was re-elected for a second term. His mandate was supposed to have ended in 2016 but he has since remained in power. The situation has led to nationwide protests, where dozens of people have died.
King Letsie – Lesotho
As a constitutional monarch, most of his duties are ceremonial. King Letsie III succeeded his father when he was forced into exile in 1990. His father, Moshoeshoe II returned to power in 1995 but that was short-lived as he died the following year in a car accident. Letsie was subsequently reinstated as the King of Lesotho.
Faure Gnassingbe – Togo
This good looking 51-year-old has been president of Togo since 2005. During his father’s tenure, he was appointed Minister of Equipment, a position he held for two years. He subsequently assumed his father’s seat after he passed away in 2005. Gnassingbe has ruled Togo for more than 15 years, and critics want him to go, seeking an end to his family’s over 50-year grip on power.
King Mohammed VI – Morocco
The 54-year-old ascended to the throne on July 23, 1999, upon the death of his father, King Hassan II. He recently successfully underwent a heart surgery in a hospital in Paris for an irregular heartbeat. Last week, Spanish media reported that the king and his wife of 16 years, Princess Lalla Salma, had divorced. Even though this is yet to be officially confirmed, the report makes the king once again available – a chance for women who are already interested. Maybe.