Famous Black Military Leaders

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 1 Muhammadu Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari.
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Daura, Nigeria

Muhammadu Buhari is a Nigerian politician and the current president of Nigeria. Since becoming the president, Buhari has introduced many social welfare programs that address unemployment and poverty. The programs were mainly introduced to help increase economic development in the country.

 2 Allen West

Allen West.
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 7, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia, U.S.

 3 Olusegun Obasanjo

Olusegun Obasanjo.
Famous As: Former President of Nigeria
Birthdate: March 5, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Abeokuta, British Nigeria
Initially a teacher, Olusegun Obasanjo had joined the army as he could not afford college. The People’s Democratic Party leader became the military ruler of Nigeria in 1976 but later handed over his powers to a democratic government. He also became the president 2 decades later. 

 4 Colin Powell

Colin Powell.
Famous As: 65th United States Secretary of State
Birthdate: April 5, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City

A veteran politician who served as the 65th United States Secretary of State, Colin Powell was the first African-American Secretary of State. A member of the Republican Party, he was an army man prior to entering politics. He was a  four-star general at the time of his retirement. After leaving politics, he pursued a career as a public speaker.

 5 Samuel Doe

Samuel Doe.
Famous As: Former President of Liberia
Birthdate: May 6, 1951
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tuzon, Liberia
Died: September 9, 1990

Samuel Doe led a violent coup against Liberian president William Tolbert, executing him. Doe then led as the country’s military leader and later became its president. He was eventually brutally tortured and killed by INPFL Prince Y. Johnson’s men, and the killing was taped and showcased in news reports.

 6 Jean-Jacques Dessalines

Jean-Jacques Dessalines.
Famous As: Haitian General
Birthdate: September 20, 1758
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Guinea
Died: August 17, 1806

Jean-Jacques Dessalines was an important figure and leader of the Haitian Revolution. He went on to rule an independent Haiti, which became the first country to abolish slavery permanently. Considered one of Haiti's founding fathers, Dessalines reigned as the emperor of Haiti from 1804 until his murder in 1806. Today, he is regarded as an icon of Haitian nationalism.

 7 Malcolm Nance

Malcolm Nance
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 20, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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 8 Jean-Bédel Bokassa

Jean-Bédel Bokassa.
Famous As: 2nd President of the Central African Republic
Birthdate: February 22, 1921
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bobangui, Central African Republic
Died: November 3, 1996

People have often compared Jean-Bédel Bokassa to the tyrannical Roman emperor Nero. The Central African military leader who later took over as the president and emperor of Central Africa, had opened the country to foreign investors, while he allegedly fed his rivals to crocodiles and lions in his personal zoo.

 9 Robert L. Howard

Robert L. Howard
Famous As: Armed force officer
Birthdate: July 11, 1939
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Opelika, Alabama, United States
Died: December 23, 2009

 10 C. Odumegwu Ojukwu

C. Odumegwu Ojukwu
Famous As: Military Officer
Birthdate: November 4, 1933
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Zungeru, Nigeria
Died: November 26, 2011

 11 Henry Ossian Flipper

Henry Ossian Flipper.
Famous As: Military Leader
Birthdate: March 21, 1856
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Thomasville, Georgia, United States
Died: April 26, 1940

 12 Tito Okello

Tito Okello
Famous As: Military officer
Birthdate: 1914 AD
Birthplace: Nam Okora
Died: June 3, 1996

 13 Hussein Farrah Aidid

Hussein Farrah Aidid
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 16, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Beledweyne

 14 Solomon Mujuru

Solomon Mujuru
Famous As: Military leader and businessman
Birthdate: May 5, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chivhu, Zimbabwe
Died: August 15, 2011

 15 Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara

Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara
Famous As: Military officer
Birthdate: May 9, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dogondoutchi, Niger
Died: April 9, 1999

 16 Robert Gueï

Robert Gueï
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 16, 1941
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kabakouma, Man, French West Africa
Died: September 19, 2002

 17 Jean-Baptiste Bagaza

Jean-Baptiste Bagaza
Famous As: President
Birthdate: August 29, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rutovu, Burundi
Died: May 4, 2016

 18 Msiri

Famous As: Ruler
Birthdate: 1830 AD
Birthplace: Yeke Kingdom, Katanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Died: December 20, 1891

 19 Haile Selassie Gugsa

Haile Selassie Gugsa
Famous As: Military personnel
Birthdate: 1907 AD
Birthplace: Ethiopian Empire
Died: 1985 AD

 20 Joseph Nanven Garba

Joseph Nanven Garba
Famous As: Diplomat
Birthdate: July 17, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Langtang, Nigeria
Died: June 1, 2002

 21 Seyoum Mengesha

Seyoum Mengesha
Famous As: Army commander
Birthdate: June 21, 1887
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ethiopia
Died: December 15, 1960

 22 Gugsa Araya Selassie

Gugsa Araya Selassie
Famous As: Commander
Birthdate: 1885 AD
Birthplace: Ethiopia
Died: April 28, 1932

 23 Aichatou Ousmane Issaka

Aichatou Ousmane Issaka
Famous As: Military Officer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Niger

 24 Muthoni Kirima

Muthoni Kirima
Famous As: Military personnel
Birthdate: 1931 AD
Birthplace: Kenya