Famous Black Presidents

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 1 Barack Obama

Barack Obama
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Famous As: 44th President of the United States
Birthdate: August 4, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

Former President of the United States, Barack Obama, has the distinction of being the first African-American president of the nation. A civil rights attorney and an academic, he has been credited with bringing about a significant improvement in America’s reputation abroad. His efforts to strengthen international diplomacy was recognized with the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.

 2 Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela
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Famous As: Anti-Apartheid Activist, President of ANC and Former President of South Africa
Birthdate: July 18, 1918
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mvezo
Died: December 5, 2013
Revered as the Father of the Nation by the South Africans, Nelson Mandela was a statesman who rose to become the country’s first black head of state. He reconciled a nation divided along racial lines and dismantled the legacy of apartheid.

 3 Jacob Zuma

Jacob Zuma
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Famous As: Fourth President of South Africa
Birthdate: April 12, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal

Jacob Zuma is a South African politician and fourth president of South Africa. During his presidency, which lasted from 2009 to 2018, Zuma was accused of racketeering and corruption which ultimately led to his resignation. Apart from being a politician, Zuma also runs the Jacob Zuma Foundation, which aims at building houses for the poor and sending children to school.

 4 Robert Mugabe

Robert Mugabe
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Famous As: Former PM & President of Zimbabwe
Birthdate: February 21, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe
Died: September 6, 2019

Robert Mugabe was a Zimbabwean revolutionary. He played a major role in the Rhodesian Bush War, which eventually led to the Lancaster House Agreement, resulting in the creation of the Republic of Zimbabwe. Subsequently, Mugabe served as the first prime minister of Zimbabwe and later as its president. A controversial figure, Mugabe is also often criticized for his tyrannical ways.

 5 George Weah

George Weah
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Famous As: 25th President of Liberia
Birthdate: 1966 AD
Birthplace: Monrovia
George Weah, who has been the president of Liberia since 2018, was once a star footballer. The striker was named the 1995 FIFA World Player of the Year, and played for clubs such as A.C. Milan and Paris Saint-Germain. Following his retirement, he established the Congress for Democratic Change.

 6 Thomas Sankara

Thomas Sankara
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Famous As: President
Birthdate: December 21, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Yako, Upper Volta
Died: October 15, 1987
Thomas Sankara, or “Africa's Che Guevara,” was a Burkinabé military leader and revolutionary who became the President of the Republic of Upper Volta after a coup in 1983, changing its name to Burkina Faso. He launched educational, ecological, and economic reforms and declared female genital mutilation and forced marriages illegal.

 7 Paul Kagame

Paul Kagame
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Famous As: President of Rwanda
Birthdate: October 23, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ruanda-Urundi
Paul Kagame has been the president of Rwanda since 2000. He has previously been the chairperson of the African Union, and the vice president and the defense minister of Rwanda. As part of the Rwandan Patriotic Front, he helped put an end to the Rwandan Genocide by the Hutu extremists.
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 8 Muhammadu Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari
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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.

 9 Yoweri Museveni

Yoweri Museveni
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Famous As: President of Uganda
Birthdate: August 15, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ntungamo

Ugandan politician, Yoweri Museveni, has been serving as the president of Uganda since 1986. He played a key role in a series of rebellions that overpowered Ugandan political leaders Idi Amin and Milton Obote before capturing power in the 1980s. Under his presidency, Uganda has achieved significant success in fighting HIV/AIDS. The country has also experienced relative peace under Museveni.

 10 Uhuru Kenyatta

Uhuru Kenyatta
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Famous As: President of Kenya
Birthdate: October 26, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nairobi

The incumbent Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta is the leader of the Jubilee Party of Kenya. Son of Kenya’s first president, Jomo Kenyatta, he was dragged into a controversy after sweeping the 2017 re-elections by winning 98% of the total votes. However, a Supreme Court ruling dismissed all charges against him.

 11 Omar al-Bashir

Omar al-Bashir
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Famous As: Former President of Sudan
Birthdate: January 1, 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hosh Bannaga, Sudan

Omar al-Bashir is a Sudanese politician who served as the seventh president of Sudan. A former military officer, he is the founder of the National Congress Party that remained the dominant political party in the country until 2019. He was deposed in a coup d'état the same year and subsequently arrested and convicted on multiple corruption charges.

 12 Seretse Khama

Seretse Khama
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 1, 1921
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Serowe, Botswana
Died: July 13, 1980

 13 Jomo Kenyatta

Jomo Kenyatta
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Kenya
Birthdate: October 20, 1891
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gatundu, Kenya
Died: August 22, 1978
After being held as a prisoner by the British for 9 years, anti-colonial activist Jomo Kenyatta was released shortly before Kenya achieved its independence, and became the country’s first prime minister and then its first president. The Father of the Nation, Kenyatta was also named Mzee, meaning “grand old man.”

 14 Emmerson Mnangagwa

Emmerson Mnangagwa
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Famous As: President of Zimbabwe
Birthdate: September 15, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Zvishavane, Zimbabwe
Nicknamed The Crocodile, the current Zimbabwean president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, has been one of the harshest rulers his country has seen. Roughly 20,000 people lost their lives during his tenure as the security minister in the 1980s. Once Mugabe’s right hand, he later fell out with him and launched a coup.

 15 Olusegun Obasanjo

Olusegun Obasanjo
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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. 

 16 Goodluck Jonathan

Goodluck Jonathan
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Famous As: President of Nigeria
Birthdate: November 20, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ogbia

Initially a teacher, Nigerian former president Goodluck Jonathan, boasts of a PhD in zoology and has also headed an oil-oriented government agency. He plunged into politics with the PDP, and his tenure as the president witnessed major acts of terror by the jihadist group Boko Haram.

 17 Cyril Ramaphosa

Cyril Ramaphosa
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Famous As: President of South Africa
Birthdate: November 17, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Soweto

Cyril Ramaphosa is a politician and the current president of South Africa. Also the president of South Africa's popular political party African National Congress (ANC), Ramaphosa played a key role during the nation's transition to democracy during which he served as ANC's chief negotiator. He also played a crucial role in ending apartheid and was considered Nelson Mandela's political heir.

 18 Canaan Banana

Canaan Banana
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Famous As: Former President of Zimbabwe
Birthdate: March 5, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Esigodini
Died: November 10, 2003

Canaan Banana was a Zimbabwean politician, theologian, and Methodist minister. In 1980, Banana became the first president of Zimbabwe, a position which he held until 1987. Ten years later, he made the headlines when he was involved in a highly publicized trial after being accused of being a homosexual. He served six months in prison after being convicted of sodomy.

 19 Idi Amin

Idi Amin
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Famous As: 3rd President of Uganda, Politician
Birthdate: 1925 AD
Birthplace: Koboko, Uganda
Died: August 16, 2003
Idi Amin started his career as a cook with the British colonial army of Uganda and became an army commander later. After deposing the Ugandan president, he declared himself the president. The “Butcher of Uganda” was known for his despotic rule and was responsible for almost 500,000 deaths.

 20 Samuel Doe

Samuel Doe
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Famous As: Politician
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.

 21 Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo

Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo
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Famous As: President
Birthdate: June 5, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Acoacán

 22 Kenneth Kaunda

Kenneth Kaunda
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Famous As: Teacher
Birthdate: April 28, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chinsali

Kenneth Kaunda is a Zambian former politician. He served as the first president of Zambia from 1964 to 1991. A major figure in Zambia’s struggle for independence from British rule, he became the first president of independent Zambia. As the president, he implemented many educational and economic reforms to accelerate the rate of modernization in the country.

 23 Paul Biya

Paul Biya
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Famous As: President of Cameroon
Birthdate: February 13, 1933
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mvomeka'a

Paul Biya is a Cameroonian politician and the current president of Cameroon. Serving as Cameroon's president since 1982, Biya is Africa's second-longest-ruling president. He is also Africa's oldest head-of-state and the world's longest-ruling non-royal leader. Despite claims that most of his presidential elections were rigged, Paul Biya continues to serve as president of Cameroon.

 24 Yahya Jammeh

Yahya Jammeh
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Famous As: Former President of the Gambia
Birthdate: May 25, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kanilai

 25 Idriss Déby

Idriss Déby
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Famous As: 6th President of Chad
Birthdate: June 18, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Fada, Chad Fada, French Equatorial Africa (now Chad)
Died: April 20, 2021

 26 Juvénal Habyarimana

Juvénal Habyarimana
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Famous As: President of Rwanda
Birthdate: March 8, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ruanda-Urundi
Died: April 6, 1994

Juvénal Habyarimana was a Rwandan politician whose presidency, which spanned from 1973 until his death in 1994, was responsible for pushing Rwanda into extreme poverty. His assassination on 6 April 1994 helped spark the Rwandan genocide, which had lasting effects on Rwanda. The genocide resulted in the death of nearly 1 million Rwandans.

 27 Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe

Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe
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Famous As: First President of Nigeria
Birthdate: November 16, 1904
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Zungeru, Nigeria
Died: May 11, 1996

Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe was a Nigerian political leader and statesman. From 1963 to 1966, Azikiwe served as the first president of Nigeria. Often referred to as the Father of Nigerian Nationalism, Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe played an important role in Nigeria's struggle for independence. He is also credited with establishing the University of Nigeria (UNN).

 28 Jean-Bédel Bokassa

Jean-Bédel Bokassa
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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.

 29 Salva Kiir Mayardit

Salva Kiir Mayardit
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Famous As: President of South Sudan
Birthdate: September 13, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bahr el Ghazal

Sudanese rebel leader Salva Kiir Mayardit became the first president of South Sudan. In 2020, he signed an agreement with opposition leader and current vice president Riek Machar to share power and create a unified government, putting an end to a brutal civil war that has seen mass rapes and murders.

 30 José Eduardo dos Santos

José Eduardo dos Santos
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Famous As: President of Angola
Birthdate: August 28, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Luanda

José Eduardo dos Santos is an Angolan politician. Having served as the president of Angola from 1979 to 2017, dos Santos is Africa's second-longest-serving president. An influential and powerful man, dos Santos also served as the Angolan Armed Forces' commander in chief throughout his presidency. In 2014, he was named Man of the Year by Africa World magazine.  

 31 Siad Barre

Siad Barre
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 6, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bardhere, Italian Somalia
Died: January 2, 1995

Somali military general Siad Barre became the country’s president after overthrowing the existing republic in 1969. His dictatorial rule witnessed the imposition of “Scientific Socialism” and a new Roman alphabet. He was forced into exile in Nigeria after a rebellion ousted him from power and launched a civil war.

 32 Nana Akufo-Addo

Nana Akufo-Addo
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 29, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Accra, Ghana

 33 Mwai Kibaki

Mwai Kibaki
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Famous As: Former President of Kenya
Birthdate: November 15, 1931
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gatuyaini

Mwai Kibaki is a Kenyan politician. From 2002 to 2013, Kibaki served as the president of Kenya. Before being elected as the third president of Kenya, Kibaki served as the vice-president of Kenya from 1978 to 1988. Apart from being a politician, Kibaki is an avid golfer and is one of the most important members of the Muthaiga Golf Club.

 34 Pierre Nkurunziza

Pierre Nkurunziza
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Famous As: 9th President of Burundi
Birthdate: December 18, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ngozi, Burundi
Died: June 8, 2020

 35 Jerry Rawlings

Jerry Rawlings
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Famous As: Former President of Ghana
Birthdate: June 22, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Accra, Ghana
Died: November 12, 2020
Jerry Rawlings led Ghana as the head of state and the president. An army pilot, he first came to power in 1979, after a coup. Though he was sentenced to death for plotting against General Fred Akuffo, he managed to escape. He had also formed the National Democratic Congress.

 36 Ali Bongo Ondimba

Ali Bongo Ondimba
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Famous As: President of Gabon
Birthdate: February 9, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo

 37 Kweisi Mfume

Kweisi Mfume
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Famous As: American Politician
Birthdate: October 24, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

 38 Umaru Musa Yar'Adua

Umaru Musa Yar'Adua
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Famous As: President
Birthdate: August 16, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Katsina, Nigeria
Died: May 5, 2010

 39 Bukola Saraki

Bukola Saraki
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 19, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

 40 Sahle-Work Zewde

Sahle-Work Zewde
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Famous As: President of Ethiopia
Birthdate: February 21, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

 41 Denis Sassou Nguesso

Denis Sassou Nguesso
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 23, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Edou, Republic of the Congo

 42 Jakaya Kikwete

Jakaya Kikwete
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Famous As: President of the United Republic of Tanzania
Birthdate: October 7, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Msoga

Jakaya Kikwete is a Tanzanian politician. From 2005 to 2015, Kikwete served as the president of Tanzania. Before being elected as the fourth president of Tanzania, Kikwete served as the Minister for Foreign Affairs for 10 years. Apart from being a politician, Jakaya Kikwete is an avid sports fan and played competitive basketball in school.

 43 Julius Maada Bio

Julius Maada Bio
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Famous As: President of Sierra Leone
Birthdate: May 12, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tihun, Bonthe District

The president of Sierra Leone, Julius Maada Bio had previously been a brigadier general with the country’s army. He is one of the 35 children of Sherbro Paramount Chief Charlie Bio II. After multiple military coups, Bio became an SLPP member. His main focus is on healthcare and renewable energy.

 44 Hastings Banda

Hastings Banda
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Famous As: President
Birthdate: February 15, 1898
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kasungu, Malawi
Died: November 25, 1997

 45 Morgan Tsvangirai

Morgan Tsvangirai
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Zimbabwe
Birthdate: March 10, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Gutu
A long-time opponent of Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, Morgan Tsvangirai was a trade union activist who later also served as the Zimbabwean prime minister, sharing power with Mugabe. He lost his wife in a deadly car crash, in which he was himself injured. He later died of cancer.

 46 Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud

Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud
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Famous As: President of Somalia
Birthdate: November 29, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jalalaqsi

Somalian president and Peace and Development Party founder Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud came to power in 2012, marking the end of the Somalian civil war. He has also been a professor and a consultant. He has been the target of several violent attacks, most notably in a Mogadishu hotel in 2012.

 47 Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta

Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 29, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Koutiala, Mali

 48 John Atta Mills

John Atta Mills
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Famous As: President
Birthdate: July 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tarkwa, Ghana
Died: July 24, 2012

 49 William Tubman

William Tubman
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 29, 1895
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Harper, Liberia
Died: July 23, 1971

William Tubman grew up sleeping on floor pallets because his father believed beds would hinder Tubman's character development. The former Liberian president had a long tenure of almost 3 decades. He introduced several modern reforms such as property rights for women and the participation of tribes in the government.

 50 Ahmed Sékou Touré

Ahmed Sékou Touré
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Famous As: Political leader
Birthdate: January 9, 1922
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Faranah, Guinea
Died: March 26, 1984