10 Most Educated Presidents In Africa. Africa as a continent is known for its declination in education. Although the literacy rate of some African countries is low, some of the leaderships of these countries put in their best allocation in terms of funds in an attempt to better the education sector of their country, making adult both male and female, and childhood education compulsory and affordable in a bid to improving the literacy rate.
The effort of some of these leaders are felt as some aspects of education in Africa have improved, these include more children having quite a recordable knowledge about basic things and they can read and write. Africa records the highest rates of educational exclusion in the world with girls mostly out of schools than boys. According to a UNESCO study in 2012, the number of children of primary school age who are not attending school in Africa has accounted for the increase of more than half of the total global education decline.
Moreso, education in Africa must be of standard quality and accessible before the problem ploughing the continent itself can improve. UNESCO warns that “without urgent action, the situation will likely get worse as the region faces a rising demand for education due to the overgrowing school-age population.”
Nevertheless, there are quite a few numbers of educated people who are making an impact in their nation across Africa while several measures are being put in place to ensure adequate education.
Here presents the list of most Educated African Presidents
Interestingly, Robert Mugabe, former president of Zimbabwe, was considered the most educated president in the whole world whilst still alive. On paper, he was the most qualified man on earth to assume the position of president, but historically, he did not achieve much in Zimbabwe after his 40-year reign as a president.
Below are 10 Most Educated Presidents In Africa 2020
1. Tanzania President, John Pombe Magufuli:
President Magufuli is a former school teacher whose nickname was “bulldozer”, he became the president of Tanzania in 2015. John Pombe Magufuli was a seasoned chemist.
- He obtained BSc in Chemistry from the University of Dar es Salaam
- He obtained MSc in Chemistry from the University of Dar es Salaam
- He also has a Doctoral degree in Chemistry from the University of Dar es Salaam.
2. King of Morocco, King Mohammed VI
King Mohammed VI has been ruling Morocco after his father, King Hassan’s demise in 1999. As the king, he is responsible for appointing a Prime Minister in the country.
- He has a Bachelor Degree in Law from the Mohammed V University at Agdal.
- He also has a Doctoral Degree in Law from the French University of Nice Sophia Antipolis.
3. President of Malawi, Peter Mutharika:
President Mutharika is an International Economic Law expert. His academic qualifications were one major reason behind his success at the presidential polls in 2014. He served as an adviser to the former president of Malawi, Bingu Wa Mutharika, his brother who died in 2012.
- He has a Bachelor Degree in Law from the University of London.
- He has a Master Degree in Law (LL.M) from the University of Yale.
- He also has a Doctoral Degree in the Science of Law (JSD) from the University of Yale.
4. President of Ivory Coast, Alassane Ouattara:
President Ouattara was elected as president since 2010. As is a great economist, he has helped Ivory Coast to revive and sustain its economic growth.
- He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from the Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- He has a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
- He also has a Doctoral Degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
5. President of Ethiopia, Mulatu Teshome:
President Teshome was elected as president of Ethiopia since 2013 and he had his education in China where he earned a bachelor degree in political economy and a doctoral degree in international law.
- He has a Bachelor Degree in Philosophy of Political Economy from the Peking University, Beijing, China.
- He has a Masters Degree in Law and Diplomacy from the Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
- He also has a Doctoral Degree in International Law from the Peking University, Beijing, China.
6. President of Mauritius, Ameenah Gurib:
President Ameenah has been recognized internationally for the continual progress of her administration. She graduated from the University of Surrey in 1983.
- She has a Bachelor Degree in Chemistry from the University of Surrey.
- She also has a Doctoral Degree in Organic Chemistry from Exeter University, England.
7. President of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita:
President Boubacar Keita has been the president of Mali since 2013
- President Ibrahim Keita has three degrees in Political International Relations, History and Political Science including graduate degrees in Political Science and International Relations.
- He also a Masters Degree in History
8. President of Cape Verde, Jorge Carlos de Almeida Fonseca:
President Fonseca is a renounced lawyer and university professor who has been President of Cape Verde since 2011. Before he won the presidential election in 2011, he has served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1991 to 1993.
- He has a Degree in Law from the University of Lisbon, Portugal
- He has a Masters Degree in Legal Sciences from the University of Lisbon, Portugal.
- He also has a Doctoral Degree in Law from the University of Lisbon, Portugal.
9. President of Togo, Faure Essozimma Gnassingbe:
President Gnassingbe succeeded his father, Gnassigbe Eyadema after his death who had been the president of the country for over 38 years. He completed his secondary education in Lome before earning a degree in financial business management in Paris.
- He has a Bachelor Degree in Financial Management from Sorbonne, Paris.
- He also has a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the George Washington University, United States.
10. President of Liberia, George Weah:
President George Weah was a footballer. He was known as one of Africa’s best players at the time. He had played in the UEFA Champions League and the English Premier League. He also became the first and only African player to win FIFA world’s best player.
- He has a Bachelor in Sports Management from the Parkwood University, London.
- He has a Degree in Business Administration from the DeVry Univesity Maimi
- He also has a Masters Degree in Management from Keller’s Graduate School of Management.