Is it accurate to suggest that today’s kids will be the world’s leaders tomorrow? Because it seems like the world’s youngest continent (Africa) is being dominated by its oldest leaders, I don’t believe Africa as a continent concurs with it. Let’s examine the top African Presidents who are Over 60 years of Age and the countries they govern.
|S/N||Country||Capital||Age of president||Country’s Flag|
|3.||Ivory Coast/ Côte d’Ivoire||Yamoussoukro||80 Years||??|
|4.||Equatorial Guinea||Malabo||80 Years||??|
|9.||Algeria||Algiers [El Djazaïr]||77 Years||??|
|10.||Djibouti||Djibouti city||76 Years||??|
List of African Presidents That Are Above 60 Years
- Paul Biya (born 13, Feb 1933) – Cameroon
Let’s give a huge shout-out to this man. Paul Biya is the current Cameroonian leader who is 89 years. He is the second-longest-ruling president in Africa. He has served as the president of Cameroon since 6, November 1982. According to stats, he is the 7th on the list of the top 10 world’s oldest head of state.
- Hage Geingob (born 3, August 1941) – Namibia
Hage Geingob was the first prime minister of Namibia from 1990 to 2002 and served again as prime minister between 2008 to 2012. He is 81 years old, he also served as minister of trade and industry.
- Alassane Ouattara (born 1, January 1942) – Ivory Coast
He is the 5th president of Ivory Coast. He is 80 years. He is a descendant of his father’s side of the Muslim rulers of Burkina Faso. He assumed office on 4, December 2010. Alassane has served as the prime minister of Cote d’Ivoire from November 1990 to December 1993.
- Teodore Obiang Nguema (born 5, June, 1942) – Equatorial Guinea
Teodore was a former military officer and a politician who served as the 2nd president of Equatorial Guinea. He is 80 years old. He has assumed the office of president since August 1979. According to stats, he is the longest-serving president any country ever had and the second longest-serving current non-royal leader in the world.
- Emmerson Mnangagwa (born 15, September 1942) – Zimbabwe
Emmerson is a Zimbabwean politician who assumed the office of president since 24, November 2017. He is 80 years as well. He was Robert Mugabe’s vice president during his time.
- Muhammadu Buhari (born 17, December 1942) – Nigeria
Muhammadu Buhari GCFR has been the president of Nigeria since 2015. He is 80 years of age and has already served as Nigeria’s military head of state after taking power in a Coup D’etat from 31, December 1983 to 27, August 1985. He is a retired Nigerian Army Major General.
- Nana Akufo-Ado (born 29, March 1944) – Ghana
Nana Ado is 78 years old. He assumed the office of president of Ghana on 7, January 2017. He was an Attorney General (2001 – 2003) and also Ghana’s 25th minister of foreign affairs (2003 – 2007). He resides in the Jubilee House and he is the current chairman of ECOWAS.
- Yoweri Museveni (born 15, September 1944) – Uganda
Yoweri 78 years old is a Ugandan politician who is currently serving as the 9th president of Uganda. He assumed office on 29, January 1986. He is a retired senior military officer. Scholars described his rule as “competitive authoritarianism”, on 16, January 2021, the electoral commission found out that he appointed himself as the president through electoral malpractice.
- Abdelmadjid Tebboune (born 12, November 1945) – Algeria
He is 77 years of age and is the current president of Algeria who assumed office on 19, December 2019. He was the prime minister of Algeria (May 2017 – August 2017) and also served as Minister of Housing. He was appointed by President Bouteflika.
- Ismail Omar Guelleh (born 27, November, 1946) – Djibouti
He is 76 years and assumed the office of president on 8, May 1999 (looks like he doesn’t ever want to leave the post). He is one of the longest-serving presidents in Africa. He is a successor to his brother Hassan Guelleh who ruled Djibouti since its independence (1977).