We’ve had very bad leadership in Africa, like every other continent, our history is full of unpleasant episodes. Some presidents created horrible leadership vacuums and sucked entire generations into deep black wholes. But Africa is probably the best inspiration for what leadership means in the 21st century. Why? This list speaks for itself.
Thomas Isidore Noël Sankara was a Burkinabé military captain, Marxist revolutionary, pan-Africanist and President of Burkina Faso from 1983 to 1987.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is a Liberian politician who serves as the 24th and current President of Liberia since 2006. Sirleaf is the first elected female head of state in Africa. Sirleaf was born in Monrovia to a Gola father and Kru-German mother.
Julius Kambarage Nyerere was a Tanzanian anti-colonial activist, politician, and political theorist.
Pedro de Verona Rodrigues Pires was the President of Cape Verde from March 2001 to September 2011. Before becoming President, he was Prime Minister from 1975 to 1991.
Haile Selassie I, born Tafari Makonnen Woldemikael, was Ethiopia's regent from 1916 to 1930 and emperor from 1930 to 1974.
Kwame Nkrumah PC was a Ghanaian politician and revolutionary. He was the first prime minister and president of Ghana, having led it to independence from Britain in 1957.
Patrice Émery Lumumba was a Congolese politician and independence leader who served as the first Prime Minister of the independent Democratic Republic of the Congo from June until September 1960.
Alpha Oumar Konaré is a former President of Mali for two five-year terms, and was Chairperson of the African Union Commission from 2003 to 2008.
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist, who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.
Jomo Kenyatta was a Kenyan anti-colonial activist and politician who governed Kenya as its Prime Minister from 1963 to 1964 and then as its first President from 1964 to 1978.