Famous Black Presidents

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 1 Barack Obama

Barack Obama
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Famous As: 44th U.S. President
Birthdate: August 4, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

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 Thomas Sankara

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Famous As: President
Birthdate: December 21, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Burkinabe
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.

 3 Yoweri Museveni

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Famous As: President of Uganda
Birthdate: August 15, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Ugandan

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.

 4 Seretse Khama

Seretse Khama
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 1, 1921
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Botswanan
Died: July 13, 1980

 5 Omar al-Bashir

Omar al-Bashir
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Famous As: Former President of Sudan
Birthdate: January 1, 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Sudanese

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.

 6 Uhuru Kenyatta

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Famous As: President of Kenya
Birthdate: October 26, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Kenyan

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.

 7 Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

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Famous As: Africa’s First Elected Female Head of State
Birthdate: October 29, 1938
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Liberian

Liberian politician, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, served as the 24th President of Liberia from 2006 to 2018. She was the first elected female head of state in Africa. An alumnus of the Harvard University, she began her political career in the 1970s and rose through the ranks with time. She is the recipient of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize.

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 8 Emmerson Mnangagwa

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Famous As: President of Zimbabwe
Birthdate: September 15, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Zimbabwean
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.

 9 Jomo Kenyatta

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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Kenya
Birthdate: October 20, 1891
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Kenyan
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.”

 10 Olusegun Obasanjo

Olusegun Obasanjo
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Famous As: Former President of Nigeria
Birthdate: March 5, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Nigerian
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. 

 11 Goodluck Jonathan

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Famous As: President of Nigeria
Birthdate: November 20, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Nigerien

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.

 12 Nana Akufo-Addo

Nana Akufo-Addo
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 29, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Ghanaian

 13 Yahya Jammeh

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

 14 Canaan Banana

Canaan Banana
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Famous As: Former President of Zimbabwe
Birthdate: March 5, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Zimbabwean
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.

 15 Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo

Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo
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Famous As: President
Birthdate: June 5, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Equatorial Guinean

 16 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
Nationality: Central African
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.

 17 Paul Biya

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Famous As: President of Cameroon
Birthdate: February 13, 1933
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Cameroonian

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.

 18 José Eduardo dos Santos

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Famous As: President of Angola
Birthdate: August 28, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Angolan

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.  

 19 Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe

Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe
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Famous As: First President of Nigeria
Birthdate: November 16, 1904
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Nigerian
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).

 20 Juvénal Habyarimana

Juvenal Habyarimana
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Famous As: President of Rwanda
Birthdate: March 8, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Rwandan
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.

 21 Siad Barre

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 6, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Somalian
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.

 22 Pierre Nkurunziza

Pierre Nkurunziza
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Famous As: President of Burundi
Birthdate: December 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Burundian

 23 Salva Kiir Mayardit

Salva Kiir Mayardit
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Famous As: President of South Sudan
Birthdate: September 13, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Sudanese

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.

 24 Ali Bongo Ondimba

Ali Bongo Ondimba
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Famous As: President of Gabon
Birthdate: February 9, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Gabonese, Congolese (Republic)

 25 Kenneth Kaunda

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Famous As: Teacher
Birthdate: April 28, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Zambian

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.

 26 Blaise Compaoré

Blaise Compaoré
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Famous As: Former President of Burkina Faso
Birthdate: February 3, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Burkinabe

 27 Morgan Tsvangirai

Morgan Tsvangirai
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Zimbabwe
Birthdate: March 10, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Zimbabwean

 28 Mwai Kibaki

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

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.

 29 Idriss Déby

Idriss Déby
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Famous As: President of Chad
Birthdate: June 18, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Chadian

 30 Bukola Saraki

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

 31 Kweisi Mfume

Kweisi Mfume
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Famous As: American Politician
Birthdate: October 24, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 32 Umaru Musa Yar'Adua

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

 33 Hastings Banda

Hastings Banda
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Famous As: President
Birthdate: February 15, 1898
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Malawian
Died: November 25, 1997

 34 Denis Sassou Nguesso

Denis Sassou Nguesso
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 23, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Congolese (Republic)

 35 Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta

Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 29, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Malian

 36 John Atta Mills

John Atta Mills
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Famous As: President
Birthdate: July 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Ghanaian
Died: July 24, 2012

 37 Julius Maada Bio

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Famous As: President of Sierra Leone
Birthdate: May 12, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Sierra Leonean

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.

 38 Jakaya Kikwete

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Famous As: President of the United Republic of Tanzania
Birthdate: October 7, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Tanzanian

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.

 39 Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud

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

 40 Ahmed Sékou Touré

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

 41 John Kufuor

John Kufuor
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Famous As: President
Birthdate: December 8, 1938
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Ghanaian

 42 Abdou Diouf

Abdou Diouf
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 7, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Senegalese

 43 Faure Gnassingbé

Faure Gnassingbé
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Famous As: President of Togo
Birthdate: June 6, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Togolese

 44 William Tubman

William Tubman
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 29, 1895
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Liberian
Died: July 23, 1971

 45 Ismail Omar Guelleh

Ismail Omar Guelleh
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Famous As: President of Djibouti
Birthdate: November 27, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Ethiopian

 46 Sam Nujoma

Sam Nujoma
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Famous As: President
Birthdate: May 12, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Namibian

 47 Bingu wa Mutharika

Bingu wa Mutharika
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Famous As: Former President of Malawi
Birthdate: February 24, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Malawian
Died: April 5, 2012

 48 Ahmadou Ahidjo

Ahmadou Ahidjo
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Famous As: First President of Cameroon
Birthdate: August 24, 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Cameroonian
Died: November 30, 1989

 49 Abdoulaye Wade

Abdoulaye Wade
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 29, 1926
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Senegalese

 50 William R. Tolbert

William R. Tolbert
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Famous As: Former President of Liberia
Birthdate: May 13, 1913
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Liberian
Died: April 12, 1980