Some of these men are still in power, some have retired, some have passed on. But we thought what other better way of learning about African presidents and remembering them other than by their looks? So here it is; the most handsome African presidents.
10. Blaise Compoare- Burkina Faso
Born 3 February 1951 is a Burkinabe politician who was President of Burkina Faso from 1987 until his resignation on 31 October 2014. He was a top associate of President Thomas Sankara during the 1980s, and in October 1987 he led a coup d’état during which Sankara was killed; subsequently he introduced a policy of “rectification”, overturning the Marxist policies pursued by Sankara. He won elections in 1991, 1998, 2005, and 2010.
9. Uhuru Kenyatta- Kenya
Born 26 October 1961 is the fourth and the current President of Kenya, in office since 9 April 2013. He previously served in the Government of Kenya as Minister for Local Government from 2001 to 2002, and he was leader of the official opposition from 2002 to 2007; subsequently he was Deputy Prime Minister from 2008 to 2013. Kenyatta was also Chairman of Kenya African National Union(KANU), which was a part of the Party of National Unity (PNU).
8. Goodluck Jonathan – Nigeria
Born 20 November 1957 is the President of Nigeria since 2010. Prior to his role as President, he served as Governor of Bayelsa State from 2005 to 2007 and as Vice-President of Nigeria from 2007 to 2010. Jonathan is a member of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
7. King Letsie- Lesotho
Born 17 July 1963) is the reigning king of Lesotho. He succeeded his father, Moshoeshoe II, when the latter was forced into exile in 1990. His father was briefly restored in 1995 but soon died in a car crash in early 1996, and Letsie became king again. As a constitutional monarch, most of King Letsie’s duties as monarch of Lesotho are ceremonial.
He was educated in the United Kingdom at Ampleforth College. From there he went on to study at the National University of Lesotho where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Law. He then went on to study at the University of Bristol, the University of Cambridge, and the University of London. He completed his studies in 1989, when he returned to Lesotho.
6. Joseph Kabila- Democratic Republic of Congo
Born 4 June 1971) is a Congolese politician who has been President of the Democratic Republic of Congo since January 2001. He took office ten days after the assassination of his father, President Laurent-Désiré Kabila. He was elected as President in 2006. In 2011, he was re-elected for a second term.
5. King Mohamed – Morocco
Born 21 August 1963) is the current King of Morocco. He ascended to the throne on 23 July 1999 upon the death of his father, King Hassan II. His birthday is a public holiday, although festivities were cancelled upon the death of his aunt in 2014.
4. Pierre Nkurunziza- Burundi
born 18 December 1963) is a Burundian politician who has been President of Burundi since 2005. He was the Chairman of the National Council for Defense of Democracy-forcesfor the Defense of Democracy (CNDD-FDD), the ruling party, until he was elected as President of Burundi.
3. King Mswati- Swaziland
Mswati III (born Prince Makhosetive Dlamini on 19 April 1968) is the Current King Swaziland and head of the Swazi Royal Family. Mswati was born in Manzini, Swaziland to King Sobhuza and one of his younger wives Ntfombi Mswati was Tfwala’s only child. He attended primary school at Masundvwini Primary School and secondary school at Lozitha Palace School. He then attended from 1983 to 1986 Sherborne School in north-west Dorset England. Makhosetive was crowned Mswati III, Ingwenyama and King of Swaziland on 25 April 1986 at the age of 18, thus becoming the youngest ruling monarch at the time in the world. Together with his mother Ntfombi Tfwala, now Queen Mother (Ndlovukati), he rules the country as an absolute monarch. Mswati III is known for his practice of polygamy (although at least two wives are appointed by the state) and currently has 15 wives. His policies and opulent lifestyle have also triggered domestic protests.
2. Faure Gnassingbé- Togo
Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé born June 6, 1966 is a Togolese politician who has been the President of Togosince May 4, 2005. A son of President Gnassingbé Eyadéma, he was appointed to the government by his father, serving as Minister of Equipment, Mines, Posts, and Telecommunications from 2003 to 2005. When Eyadéma died on February 5, 2005, Gnassingbé was immediately installed as President with support from the army. Doubts regarding the constitutional legitimacy of the succession led to heavy regional pressure being placed on Gnassingbé, and he resigned on February 25. He then won the elections on April 24, 2005, and was sworn in as President again.Gnassingbé was re-elected for a second term as President of Togo in 2010.
1. Jakaya Kikwete- Tanzania
Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete (born 7 October 1950) is the Fourth President, in office since 2005. Prior to his election as President, he was the Minister of foreign Affairs from 1995 to 2005 under his predecessor, Benjamin Nkampa. He has also served as the Chairman of the African Union in 2008–2009 and the Chairman of the Southern African Development Community Troika on Peace, Defense and Security in 2012–2013.