The 7 Most Educated African Presidents



Education is necessary for every individual. It is definitely essential for heads of state. If a person is educated, he/she is more likely to be civilized and in a better position to lead his/her nation to success than a person without education.
While some African presidents don’t have a bachelor’s degree or even a high school certificate, the leaders on this list have attained higher education. Among the current leaders of the 54 sovereign nations just thirteen of them are known to have master’s degree.
We look at the 13 most educated African presidents:
Education: Master’s degree in Technical Education (M.S.), Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.)
Hassan Sheikh Mohamud is the President of Somalia. He frequented primary and secondary schools in his hometown Jalalaqsi. He earned an undergraduate diploma in technology at the Somali National University and a master’s degree in technology at the Bhopal University in India.
Hassan Sheikh Mohamud
Education: Master of Arts in International Affairs (M.A.I.A.),  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Hage Gottfried Geingob is the President of Namibia. He received his early education at Otavi under the Bantu Education System. He enrolled at the Augustineum in 1958. He joined the Temple University in Philadelphia in the year 1964 on a scholarship. He earned a BA degree at the Fordham University in New York and an MA degree in International Relations at the Graduate Faculty of The New School in New York.
Hage Geingob
Education: Master in Legal Sciences (M.S.L), Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.)
Jorge Carlos de Almeida Fonseca OICVV has been serving Cape Verde since 9 September 2011. He completed his primary and secondary education in Cape Verge and his higher education at Portugal.
Jorge Carlos Fonseca
Education: Master of Public Administration (M.P.Adm.), Bachelor of Economics (BEc), Associate Degree in Accounting (A.A.)
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the President of Liberia. 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.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Education: 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.
Faure Gnassingbe
Education: 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.)
Robert Mugabe is the President of Zimbabwe. 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.
Robert Mugabe
Education: 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.
Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta



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