Famous Black Presidents

 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 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
Nationality: South African
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 Idi Amin

Idi Amin
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Famous As: Former President of Uganda
Birthdate: 1925 AD
Nationality: Ugandan
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.

 4 Muhammadu Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Nigerian

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.

 5 Robert Mugabe

Robert Mugabe
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Famous As: Former PM & President of Zimbabwe
Birthdate: February 21, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Zimbabwean
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.

 6 George Weah

George Weah
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Famous As: 25th President of Liberia
Birthdate: 1966 AD
Nationality: Liberian
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.

 7 Thomas Sankara

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.
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 8 Cyril Ramaphosa

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

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.

 9 Nana Akufo-Addo

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

 10 Paul Kagame

Paul Kagame
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Famous As: President of Rwanda
Birthdate: October 23, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Rwandan
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.

 11 Jacob Zuma

Jacob Zuma
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Famous As: Fourth President of South Africa
Birthdate: April 12, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: South African

 12 Yoweri Museveni

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

 13 Seretse Khama

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

 14 Kweisi Mfume

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

 15 Uhuru Kenyatta

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

 16 Goodluck Jonathan

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

 17 Olusegun Obasanjo

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

 18 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

 19 Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

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

 20 Jomo Kenyatta

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

 21 Emmerson Mnangagwa

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

 22 Paul Biya

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

 23 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

 24 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

 25 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

 26 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

 27 Blaise Compaoré

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

 28 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

 29 Siad Barre

Siad Barre
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 6, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Somalian
Died: January 2, 1995

 30 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

 31 John Atta Mills

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

 32 John Kufuor

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

 33 José Eduardo dos Santos

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

 34 Kenneth Kaunda

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

 35 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

 36 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

 37 Amadou Toumani Touré

Amadou Toumani Touré
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Famous As: Former President of Mali
Birthdate: November 4, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Malian

 38 Idriss Déby

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

 39 Mwai Kibaki

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

 40 Julius Maada Bio

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

 41 Yahya Jammeh

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

 42 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)

 43 Pierre Nkurunziza

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

 44 Hastings Banda

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

 45 Tandja Mamadou

Tandja Mamadou
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Famous As: Politician, President
Birthdate: 1938 AD
Nationality: Nigerien

 46 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

 47 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

 48 Denis Sassou Nguesso

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

 49 Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta

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

 50 Jakaya Kikwete

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