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Cyril Ramaphosa
(President of South Africa)
Cyril Ramaphosa
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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.

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Mobutu Sese Seko
(President of Zaire (1965 - 1997))
Mobutu Sese Seko
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Birthdate: October 14, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lisala, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Died: September 7, 1997

Mobutu Sese Seko was a Congolese military officer and politician. From 1965 to 1997, Mobutu served as the president of Zaire. During his long reign as the president, Mobutu garnered notoriety for nepotism and corruption. His life and work inspired Belgian filmmaker, Thierry Michel, to make a three-part documentary titled Mobutu, King of Zaire.

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Yoweri Museveni
(9th President of Uganda)
Yoweri Museveni
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Birthdate: September 15, 1944
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ntungamo, Uganda

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.

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Uhuru Kenyatta
(President of Kenya)
Uhuru Kenyatta
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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.

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Seretse Khama
(Politician)
Seretse Khama
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Birthdate: July 1, 1921
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Serowe, Botswana
Died: July 13, 1980
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Olusegun Obasanjo
(Former President of Nigeria)
Olusegun Obasanjo
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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. 
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Jomo Kenyatta
(1st President of Kenya (1964–1978) and the 1st Prime Minister of Kenya (1963–1964))
Jomo Kenyatta
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Birthdate: October 20, 1893
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.”
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Emmerson Mnangagwa
(3rd President of Zimbabwe)
Emmerson Mnangagwa
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Birthdate: September 15, 1942
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.
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William Ruto
(Deputy President of Kenya)
William Ruto
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Birthdate: December 21, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Uasin Gishu County

William Ruto is a Kenyan politician and the current Kenyan deputy president. Between 6 and 8 October 2014, Ruto served as the acting president when President Uhuru Kenyatta was in the Netherlands at the International Criminal Court. Apart from being a politician, William Ruto also owns an interest in several real estate developments, including the Weston Hotel in Kenya.  

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Robert Mugabe
(Former PM & President of Zimbabwe)
Robert Mugabe
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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.

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Muhammadu Buhari
(7th and 15th President of Nigeria)
Muhammadu Buhari
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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.

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Nana Akufo-Addo
(Fifth President of Ghana)
Nana Akufo-Addo
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Birthdate: March 29, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Accra, Ghana

Nana Akufo-Addo is a Ghanaian politician and the current President of Ghana. An important politician, Akufo-Addo also served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1 April 2003 to 1 July 2007. In 2017, Nana Akufo-Addo was honored by the Africa-America Institute with the prestigious National Achievement Award.

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Sani Abacha
(Nigerian General Who Ruled as the 10th Head of State of Nigeria)
Sani Abacha
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Birthdate: September 20, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kano, Nigeria
Died: June 8, 1998
Sani Abacha was a Nigerian general best remembered for his rule as the tenth Head of State of Nigeria from 17 November 1993 until his death on 8 June 1998. An influential military leader, Sani Abacha also served as the Minister of Defence, Chief of Defence Staff, and Chief of Army Staff between 1985 and 1993.
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Jacob Zuma
(4th President of South Africa)
Jacob Zuma
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Birthdate: April 12, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nkandla, South Africaa

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.

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Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo
(2nd President of Equatorial Guinea)
Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo
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Birthdate: June 5, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Acoacán, Equatorial Guinea
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Canaan Banana
(Former President of Zimbabwe)
Canaan Banana
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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.

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Ibrahim Babangida
(Eighth President of Nigeria)
Ibrahim Babangida
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Birthdate: August 17, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Minna, Nigeria
Ibrahim Babangida is a Nigerian former politician and Army general. He is best known for his service as the eighth President of Nigeria from 1985 to 1993. An influential politician, Ibrahim Babangida also served as the Chief of Army Staff from 1 January 1984 to 26 August 1985.
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José Eduardo dos Santos
(President of Angola from 1979 to 2017)
José Eduardo dos Santos
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Birthdate: August 28, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Luanda, Angola

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.  

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Kenneth Kaunda
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Birthdate: April 28, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chinsali, Awemba North, Northern Rhodesia
Died: June 17, 2021

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.

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Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe
(First President of Nigeria)
Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe
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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).

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Salva Kiir Mayardit
(President of South Sudan)
Salva Kiir Mayardit
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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.

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Siad Barre
(Politician)
Siad Barre
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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.

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Idriss Déby
(6th President of Chad)
Idriss Déby
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Birthdate: June 18, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Fada, Chad Fada, French Equatorial Africa (now Chad)
Died: April 20, 2021
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George Weah
(25th President of Liberia and the First African Former Professional Footballer to Become a Head of State.)
George Weah
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Birthdate: October 1, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Clara Town, Liberia
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.
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Mwai Kibaki
(Former President of Kenya)
Mwai Kibaki
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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.

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Paul Biya
(President of Cameroon)
Paul Biya
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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.

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Joseph Kabila
(4th President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Joseph Kabila
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Birthdate: June 4, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: South Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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John Magufuli
(The Fifth President of Tanzania)
John Magufuli
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Birthdate: October 29, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chato, Tanzania
Died: March 17, 2021
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Samuel Doe
(21st President of Liberia (1986 - 1990))
Samuel Doe
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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.

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Samora Machel
(1st President of Mozambique (1975 - 1986))
Samora Machel
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Birthdate: September 29, 1933
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gaza Province, Mozambique
Died: October 19, 1986

Mozambican military leader and politician Samora Machel had humble beginnings and grew up facing racism. Though he initially trained as a nurse, he later got involved in the Mozambican struggle for independence against the Portuguese. He died in a mysterious plane crash in northeastern South Africa.

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Francisco Macías Nguema
(Former 1st President of Equatorial Guinea)
Francisco Macías Nguema
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Birthdate: January 1, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Equatorial Guinea
Died: September 29, 1979

The first president of Equatorial Guinea, Francisco Macías Nguema transformed his nation into what critics called the Dachau of Africa, killing or exiling about a third of its population and declaring himself the president for life. He was eventually executed after a coup by his own nephew.

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Jean-Bédel Bokassa
(2nd President of the Central African Republic)
Jean-Bédel Bokassa
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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.

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Felix Tshisekedi
(5th President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Felix Tshisekedi
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Birthdate: June 13, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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Léopold Sédar Senghor
(1st President of Senegal)
Léopold Sédar Senghor
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Birthdate: October 9, 1906
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Joal Fadiout, Senegal
Died: December 20, 2001

Léopold Sédar Senghor was a Senegalese cultural theorist, poet, and politician. He was Senegal's first president, a position in which he served from 1960 to 1980. Widely regarded as one of the 20th century's most prominent African intellectuals, Senghor is credited with founding the Senegalese Democratic Bloc party. Senghor received many awards, including the African Studies Association's Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Jerry Rawlings
(First President of the Fourth Republic of Ghana (1993 - 2001))
Jerry Rawlings
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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.
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Kweisi Mfume
(American Politician)
Kweisi Mfume
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Birthdate: October 24, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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Bukola Saraki
(Nigerian Politician Who Served as the President of Nigerian Senate from 2015 to 2019)
Bukola Saraki
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Birthdate: December 19, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
Bukola Saraki is a Nigerian politician best known for his service as the President of the Nigerian Senate from 9 June 2015 to 11 June 2019. He also served as the Governor of Kwara State from 2003 to 2011 and as the Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from 2011 to 2019.
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Umaru Musa Yar'Adua
(The 13th President of Nigeria)
Umaru Musa Yar'Adua
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Birthdate: August 16, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Katsina, Nigeria
Died: May 5, 2010

Umaru Musa Yar'Adua became President of Nigeria after winning the highly-controversial 2007 presidential election as candidate of PDP. He earlier served as Governor of Katsina. He went to Saudi Arabia in November 2009 to receive treatment for pericarditis. He was never seen in public again and although he returned to Nigeria in February 2010, he died in May that year.   

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Alassane Ouattara
(5th President of the Ivory Coast)
Alassane Ouattara
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Birthdate: January 1, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dimbokro, Côte d’Ivoire
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C. Odumegwu Ojukwu
(Nigerian Military Leader and Politician Who Ruled as the 1st president of Biafra)
C. Odumegwu Ojukwu
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Birthdate: November 4, 1933
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Zungeru, Nigeria
Died: November 26, 2011

An Oxford graduate, Nigerian military leader and politician C. Odumegwu Ojukwu started his career as an administrative officer. He later reigned at the governor of the Eastern Region in Nigeria and became the 1st president of Biafra. He won many accolades, including the honorary title of the Ikemba of Nnewi.

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Sahle-Work Zewde
(The First Woman to Become the President of Ethiopia)
Sahle-Work Zewde
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Birthdate: February 21, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Sahle-Work Zewde is an Ethiopian diplomat and politician. In 2018, she became the first woman to be elected to the president's office in Ethiopia and has been serving as the president of Ethiopia since then. Sahle-Work Zewde has been featured on Forbes magazine's World's 100 Most Powerful Women list.

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Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud
(President of Somalia)
Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud
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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.

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Julius Maada Bio
(President of Sierra Leone)
Julius Maada Bio
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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.

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Shehu Shagari
(The First Nigerian President to be Democratically Elected)
Shehu Shagari
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Birthdate: February 25, 1925
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Shagari, Nigeria
Died: December 28, 2018

The great-grandson of a leader who founded his village, Nigerian politician Shehu Shagari served as the 6th president and the 1st democratically elected president of Nigeria. Initially a teacher, he joined politics as the secretary of the Northern People's Congress. He strengthened the economy of Nigeria and deported countless West African migrants.

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Morgan Tsvangirai
(Former Prime Minister of Zimbabwe)
Morgan Tsvangirai
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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.
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Henri Christophe
(Former Haitian President Who Declared Himself the King of Haiti)
Henri Christophe
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Birthdate: October 6, 1767
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Grenada
Died: October 8, 1820

Former Haitian president Henry Christophe also declared himself the king of northern Haiti as Henry I. Apart from spending lavishly on building palaces for himself, he also restored soldier peasants and gifted plantations to military leaders. He eventually committed suicide by shooting himself, fearing a coup against him.

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Pierre Nkurunziza
(9th President of Burundi)
Pierre Nkurunziza
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Birthdate: December 18, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ngozi, Burundi
Died: June 8, 2020
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Assimi Goïta
(leader of the National Committee for the Salvation of the People)
Assimi Goïta
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Birthdate: 1983 AD
Birthplace: Mali
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Meles Zenawi
(Former Prime Minister of Ethiopia (1995 - 2012))
Meles Zenawi
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Birthdate: May 8, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Adwa, Ethiopia
Died: August 20, 2012

Ethiopian revolutionary-turned-politician Meles Zenawi served as the prime minister of Ethiopia. A medical school drop-out, he abandoned his studies to join the Tigrai Peoples Liberation Front. His reforms made Ethiopian economy as well as its education and agricultural sectors stronger. He died of an undisclosed ailment.

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