Meet The 10 Most Educated African Presidents…Did Nigeria’s President Make The List?

Here’s a list of the most educated African Presidents. Without further ado, lets get down to business. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

10. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Liberia)

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the 24th and current President of Liberia, in office since 2006. She served as Minister of Finance under President William Tolbert from 1979 until the 1980 coup d’état, after which she left Liberia and held senior positions at various financial institutions. She placed second in the 1997 presidential election won by Charles Taylor. She won the 2005 presidential election and took office on 16 January 2006, and she was a successful candidate for re-election in 2011. Sirleaf is the first elected female head of state in Africa.

Master of Public Administration (M.P.Adm.), Bachelor of Economics (BEc), Associate Degree in Accounting (A.A.). She studied at the College of West Africa and the Madison Business College. She joined the Economics Institute in Boulder, Colorado, in 1970. She has a Masters degree in Public Administration.

9. Faure Gnassingbe (Togo)

Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé is a Togolese politician who has been the President of Togo since 2005. Prior to his election, he was appointed by his father, President Gnassingbé Eyadéma, as Minister of Equipment, Mines, Posts, and Telecommunications, serving from 2003 to 2005.

He has a 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.

mugabe18. Robert Mugabe (Zimbabwe)

Robert Gabriel Mugabe is the current President of Zimbabwe, serving since 31 December 1987. Mr. Mugabe who is praised for his high intellects and several interesting and thought-provoking quotes has a very interesting academic profile.

He is a Master of Laws (LL.M.), Master of Science (M.Sc), Bachelor of Laws (LL.B), Bachelor of Science (B.Sc), Bachelor of Education (B.Ed), Bachelor of Administration (B.A.A), Bachelor of Arts (B.A.).

He earned a BA degree at the University of Fort Hare and subsequently earned six more degrees through distance education; two law degrees are among them. He earned a Master of Science degree while serving his country as its prime minister.ibrahim

7. Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta (Mali)

Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, or as he is often known IBK, is a Malian politician who has been President of Mali since 2013. Previously he was Prime Minister ofMali from 1994 to 2000 and President of the National Assembly of Mali from 2002 to 2007.

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.

ameenah gurib6. Dr. Ameenah Gurib (Mauritius)

Bibi Ameenah Firdaus Gurib-Fakim, GCSK, CSK, PhD is a Mauritian biodiversity scientist who serves as President of the Republic of Mauritius. As such, she is the Head of State and Commander in Chief of the Republic ofMauritius.


She has a 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.

5. Dr. Mulatu Teshome (Ethiopia)

Mulatu was born in the town of Arjo in Welega Province. He was educated in China, receiving his bachelor’s degree in philosophy of political economy and doctorate in international law at Peking University. He taught at some “foreign universities and institutions”, according to Speaker Abadula Gemeda.

He has a Ph.D. in International Law, Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy (B.Phil.). 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.

OUATTARA4. Alassane Ouattara (Côte d’Ivoire)

Alassane Dramane Ouattara is an Ivoirian politician who has been President of Côte d’Ivoire since 2011.

He has a Ph.D. in Economics, Master of Economics (M.Econ.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.). 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.

Dr. Peter Mutharika3. Dr. Peter Mutharika (Malawi)

Arthur Peter Mutharika (born 1940) is a Malawian politician, educator and lawyer who has been President of Malawi since 31 May 2014.

He is a Doctor of Juridical Science (J.S.D.), Master of Laws (LL.M), Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.). 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.



2. King Mohammed VI (Morocco)

Mohammed VI is the current King of Morocco. He ascended to the throne on 23 July 1999 upon the death of his father, King Hassan II.
He is a Doctor of Law (J.D.), Master of Advanced Studies (M.A.S.), Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.). 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.

1. Dr. Thomas Boni Yayi (Benin)

Thomas Boni Yayi is a Beninese banker and politician who has been President of Benin since 6 April 2006. He took office after winning the March 2006 presidential election and was re-elected to a second term in March 2011.

He has a PhD in Economics and Political studies, Master of Economics (M.Econ.). He graduated with a Masters degree in economics from the National University of Benin. He continued his studies and earned another Masters 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.





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