African Leaders Over 70 Years

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The continent of Africa is ranked among the developing world and a major factor influencing this is the quality of leaders who are piloting affairs of African States. Development can be largely achieved with effective leadership and representation. Many Heads of State are senior citizens who ought to be by the sidelines giving counsel to the young leaders. Some of them have been the only leader the citizens have ever had and this has a way of affecting their general idea of leadership.

Below is a list of some aged Heads of State in Africa:

1. Robert Mugabe – Zimbabwe (Age: 92 years old)

2. Beji Caid Essebsi – Tunisia (Age: 89 years)

3. Paul Biya – Cameroun (Age: 83 years)

4. Abdelaziz Bouteflika – Algeria (Age: 79 years)

5. Manuel Pinto da Costa – São Tomé and Príncipe (Age: 79 years)

6. Alpha Condé – Guinea (Age: 78 years)

7. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – Liberia (Age: 77 years)

8. Peter Mutharika – Malawi (Age: 75 years)

9. Jacob Zuma – South Africa (Age: 74 years)

10. Alassane Ouattara – Ivory Coast (Age: 74 years)

11. Muhammadu Buhari – Nigeria (Age: 73 years)

We wish to plead with our African leaders to please give the #YouthAChance to take the rein. Involving them early enough would guarantee rapid development and a sustainable future.

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25 Facts You Never Knew About Africa

1. Gambia has only one university.

2. Equatorial Guinea is Africa’s only Spanish-speaking country.

3. South Africa is the most visited African country.

4. Nigeria has the richest Black people in Africa.

5. Samuel Eto’o is the highest paid Footballer of all time, he received about £350,000 weekly in Russia in 2011.

6. A person from Botswana is called a Motswana, the plural is Batswana.

7. A person from Lesotho is called a Mosotho.

8. A person from Niger is called a Nigerien. A person from Burkina Faso is called a Burkinabe.

9. Nigeria has won more football cups than England.

10. Zimbabwe’s President, Robert Gabriel Mugabe is the world’s most educated President with 7 degrees, two of them are Masters.

11. Al-Ahly of Egypt is the richest club in Africa.

12. Didier Drogba is Chelsea’s highest goal scorer in European competition.

13. Johannesburg, South Africa is the most visited city in Africa.

14. Zinedine Zidane wanted to play for Algeria, but the selector rejected him, saying they are already many players like him in the team.

15. President Jacob Zuma was once a referee in prison.

16. President Robert Mugabe was jailed for 11 years for fighting for freedom.

17. President Robert Mugabe is Africa’s oldest Head of State and the world’s second oldest Head of State. He was born 1924.

18. The Seychellois are the most educated Africans. Seychelles’ literacy rates (Adult: 92%, Youth: 99%) Zimbabwe is 2nd (Adult: 91.2%, Youth: 99%).

19. Rwanda is a better country for gender equality than England and USA.

20. Somalia got its first ATM on October 7, 2014.

21. South Africa has the most Grammy Award winners in Africa.

22. Ethiopia has the most airports in Africa.

23. Ethiopia’s economy is growing faster than China’s.

24. Eritrea’s President, Isaiah Afwerki is the least richest President in Africa.

25. Ethiopia is Africa’s oldest independent country.