Most African heads of state have one common denominator: longevity in power. While some shine through questionable re-elections, others use constitutional submirges to collect money for their assets. But on a completely different scale, they force admiration. This is their academic background.
In this respect, African leaders have an exceptional background just like their European counterparts. For those who are wondering about the number and quality of diplomas they are pledged, well in this articles we’ll review to you the ranking of the 8 most educated presidents to have ever graced the continent of Africa.
8. Alassane Ouattara (Ivory Coast)
Currently President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, he is affectionately known as “ADO”. Joined at the Institute of Technology Drexel and the University of Pennsylvania through a scholarship, he obtained in 1967 a master’s degree in economics. Alassane Ouattara does not stop in such a good way despite his entry to the IMF as an economist. He continued his studies and obtained a doctorate of state in economics in 1972. So far, he remains the only African to have held the coveted position of deputy director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). What winners!
7. Alpha Condé (Guinea Conakry)
Despite his long years of activism in opposition, Alpha Condé, the current President of Guinea Conakry has not stopped studying. After obtaining a diploma of graduate studies (DES) at the law faculty of the University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, it closed in beauty by obtaining a doctorate of state in economic sciences in 1972.
6. Yayi Boni (Benin)
He has been at the helm of Benin for ten years, and is preparing to make his apron after the next presidential election. Yayi Boni graduated from Paris-Dauphine University, where he obtained a PhD in economics. This does not prevent him from sometimes doing toilet in public …
5. Roch Marc Christian Kaboré (Burkina Fasso)
The new President of Burkina Faso is a lover of knowledge. His university curriculum demonstrates this enough. After the DEUG I, the DEUG II and the degree in economics, he graduated at the University of Dijon in 1979 a master’s degree in management in this specialty that he particularly likes. Then, he obtained a Diploma of Graduate Studies (DESS) again in the field of management which gives him the certificate of aptitude in administration and management of companies. A baobab!
4. Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta (Mali)
Often referred to by his initials IBK, this statesman who heads Mali since September 4, 2013 has an academic course more than honorable. He studied at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Dakar, then at the Panthéon-Sorbonne University and at the Institute of History of Contemporary International Relations (IHRIC). He holds a Master’s degree in History and a Diploma in Advanced Studies in Politics and International Relations.
3. Mohammed VI (Morocco)
Yes, Wanda People, even kings go to school! The king of Morocco is the example. After his law degree at the Faculty of Legal, Economic and Social Sciences, Mohammed VI obtains the first Certificate of Higher Studies (CES) in Political Science with honors! Then he wins honorably a DEA in public law. Hat his majesty!
2. Paul Biya (Cameroon)
The Cameroonian head of state who has just turned 83 has been part of his academic studies at the Sorbonne. After high school at the Lycée Général Leclerc in Yaoundé, Paul Biya successively went to Paris by the Lycée Louis-le-Grand (considered a great high school famous for its preparatory classes), the Sorbonne, the institute of political studies (otherwise called “Sciences Po”) where he obtained a degree in public law in 1961. He also obtained a degree in public law at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Overseas. He is one of the few Presidents to have studied politics.
1. Macky Sall (Senegal)
The current President of Senegal has an honorable academic curriculum. After studying geophysicist at the Institute of Earth Sciences (IST) of Dakar, he continued his training and became a geological engineer at the National School of Petroleum and Engines (ENSPM) of the French Institute of Petroleum ( IFP) of Paris. Macky Sall is a member of several national and international associations of geologists and geophysicists. It is with this intellectual status that he was spotted at the end of 1980 by former President Abdoulaye Wade, who then entrusted him with the position of General Manager of the Senegalese oil company. A beautiful course!