As Africa’s struggle with poverty, corruption, and civil wars continues, we are left to wonder if Africa is all about corrupt leaders.

Luckily, there are a few presidents who are trying their best to bring peace and welfare to their country.

 

Based on International Corruption Index and Ibrahim Index of African Governance, 10 best presidents of African have been ranked. Let’s take a look. (In no particular order)

  • NANA AKUFO-ADDO, GHANA

Nana Addo has brought peace to Ghana after decades of military rule. Today, Ghana holds the position as one of the economic powers of Africa.

Under Addo’s presidency, the country has improved greatly through Free High Education policy, and a 7-year Co-ordinated Programme for reforming the economy.

 

  • PAUL KGAME, RWANDA

Rwanda has evolved and economically grown thanks to the two decades of Kagame’s rule. He ended the 1994 genocide and unified the country that was divided.

Following the economic trends of China and Singapore, he tried to implement their strategies in Rwanda’s economies through his development plan called Vision 2020.

 

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  • DANNY FAURE, SEYCHELLES

Seychelles has the highest CPI score and the least corruption in Africa thanks to Faure.

The former Vice President was elected in 2016 and worked towards increasing the employment rate, as well as equality and human rights.

  • MOKGWEETSI MASISI, BOTSWANA

Botswana is among the top 3 African countries in Peace Index, as well as the African country with the most stable economy.

President Masisi has a big role in it, just like when he was the minister of education until 2018.

He has experience at the United Nations and UNICEF, which he uses to improve the country’s education and employment rate, as well as nature conservation.

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  • HAGE GEINGOB, NAMIBIA

Before becoming the president in 2015, Geingob was the prime minister from 1990 till 2002. During those years, he worked towards improving the security and human rights.

  • MACKY SALL, SENEGAL

Ever since Sall came to power in 2012, Senegal has become one of the business hubs of West Africa. It is now the sixth fastest growing economy in the continent.

Sall also worked towards ending corruption by reducing the state spending, and the salaries of the directors of agencies.

Photo credit: Macky Sall President of Senegal

 

He also founded the National Anti-corruption Office. His other aim was to reduce the cost of living by reducing the price of rice, sugar, and oil.

  • CYRIL RAMAPHOSA, SOUTH AFRICA

Ramaphosa had a lot to fix after predecessor Jacob Zuma, who resigned after charges of corruption.

Ramaphosa has worked towards land reforms and human rights, which both have high scores among other African countries.

He also managed to maintain the position of the country’s economy as the second largest in Africa.

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  • BEJI CAID ESSEBSI, TUNISIA

Essebsi was elected right after 2014’s revolution, so he put a lot of effort to restore the public sector transparency.

He also made Tunisia the second country in Africa to outlaw racism. Tourism and security have also improved drastically since 2014.

  • SAADEDDINE OTHMANI, MOROCCO

Initially the prime minister, Othmani was appointed in 2017 as the president.

He has improved the country’s infrastructure by establishing Africa’s first high-speed train line. He is very well-educated with master degrees in psychology and Islamic studies.

  • ROCH MARC CHRISTIAN KABORE, BURKINA FASO

President Kabore previously served as the head of the national assembly, as well as the prime minister. Since 2015, he developed the safety and international relations of Burkina Faso, especially with Ghana and the United States.

 

Congratulations are in order!

History Maker! Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has become The First woman And The First African The World Trade Organization Chief since 1995.

Who is Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala?

Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has recently been hitting the media headlines across the world— for good reasons of course. Many people might be wondering, who is this iconic woman? Well, let me briefly take you through who she really is.

Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is an international development expert and a seasoned economist. Ngozi is a Nigerian-American woman, born on 13th June 1954.

She is currently the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO). The General Council of the WTO appointed her by consensus to be the seventh Director-General of the organization on 15th February, 2021. She later took office on 1st March, 2021, becoming the first woman and the first African to hold the position.

Dr. Okonjo-Iweala also sits on boards of various organizations such as Twitter, Standard Chartered Bank, African Risk Capacity, and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization.

Previously, Dr. Ngozi worked as a development economist at the World Bank for 25 years. She scaled the ranks to the second position of the managing director of operations. She had also served for two terms as Nigeria’s finance minister— 2003 to 2006 under President Olusegun Obasanjo, and 2011 to 2015 under President Goodluck Jonathan.

She became the first woman to be appointed as a finance minister in Nigeria and the first woman to serve as a finance minister twice.

She was also the only finance minister to have served under two presidents in Nigeria. Seemingly, whenever Dr. Ngozi lands, she is always breaking barriers and getting in history books as the first woman to have ever done so. That’s not all, Dr. Ngozi was also named as the global finance minister of the year in the year 2005 by Euromoney.

Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is an inspiration to women all over the world, and particularly in Africa. She has been in careers that are mostly dominated by men and excelled in all of them.

She has set the standards that any person would aspire to achieve, and by doing so, she has proved to all women in the world and especially in Africa, that they can dominate not only the continent but also the world.

Dr. Ngozi’s life is an existing proof of how much dedication and hard work coupled with selflessness can drive a person person to greater heights, surpassing all the hurdles on the way.

Her actions and achievements will forever remain a lesson and motivation to many for generations to come.

 

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The 2019 GUBA USA Awards took place at The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, New York on 26th September 2019.  This is the 10th anniversary of GUBA and the first edition in USA.

Mary Spio Wins African Innovator of the Year Award At GUBA USA.
L-R H.E Rebecca Akufo-Addo, Dentaa & Mary Spio (African Innovator of the Year Award )

 

Congratulations to Mary Spio, the Founder and CEO and author of ‘It’s Not Rocket Science’ won African Innovator of the Year Award.

 

Mary Spio Wins African Innovator of the Year Award At GUBA USA
His Excellency The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo and the First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo, Dentaa, Mary Spio and Music & Media Mogul, American Idol Simon Fuller

 

 

Mary Spio and Nana Akufo-Addo At GUBA USA
The most Powerful Black Woman in Tech  Mary Spio and Nana Akufo-Addo At GUBA USA

The award was presented by Mr. Joe Mensah, Managing Director of Kosmos Energy and Oppenheimer Faculty Director of Harvard University the distinguished professor Emmanuel K. Akyeampong.

 

 

”It’s an honor to represent innovators across 54 countries. I look forward to speaking at the African Forum during the United Nations General Assembly on charting Africa’s Future with Innovation.

 

Mary Spio Wins African Innovator of the Year Award At GUBA USA.
Mary Spio and Simon Fuller

 

It was a special moment to accept this award before His Excellency The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo and the First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo.

Equally amazing are all the phenomenal winners” ~ Mary Spio

 

 

Other African Presidents includes Alpha Condé President of Guinea,President of Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina, and President of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré. 

Mary Spio Wins African Innovator of the Year Award At GUBA USA.
GUBA USA 2019 – Mary Spio African Innovator of the Year Award

 

Top celebrities who graced the occasion includes Hollywood actor Danny Glover, Sarkodie, Samini and more…

 

 

Mary Spio Wins African Innovator of the Year Award At GUBA USA.
Mary Spio African Innovator of the Year Award Guba USA Awards

 

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Other winners of the night lncludes:

Dr. Thomas Mensah – GUBA Technological Achievement Award

Kwame Akoto-Bamfo –  Artist of the Year

Dr. Ave Kludze for Innovation in Science & Technology

Daphne Mashile-Nkosi – Industrious African Woman Award

Dr. Oheneba Boachie-Adjei – Exceptional Contribution to Medicine Award

Patrick Gyimah Awuah Jr. – Exemplary Achievement in Education Award

Nancy Abu-Bonsrah – Young Woman in Medicine Award

 

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Simon Fuller – Public Service Award

Rosa Whitaker – Excellence in African Socio-Economic Advancement AwardRachel Naa-Du Laryea – Student Excellence Award

Richelieu Dennis – Editorial Excellence Award

Nicholas Jason Osei Buamah – Young and Talented Award

 

 

Huge congrats to all the winners! Great and amazing work by Dentaa and her Team!

 

Mary Spio Wins African Innovator of the Year Award At GUBA USA.

Event brought to you by GUBA AWARDS USA

 

GUBA Awards USA 2019 Black Star Award for African Innovator of the Year

 

 

 

 

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African Best President

Leaders of Tomorrow, a Canadian-based research institute has crowned Ghanaian President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo the 2018 most preeminent African president.

The World Vision Forum buttressed the decision as the United States-based research organization also named Nana Akufo-Addo the first in Africa and third visionary president across the globe.

These awards have made many wonders what the cerebral president could have done to claim the highly esteemed accolades; after all, there are numerous visionary presidents in the world.

They reported that the self-disciplined president has been up and doing since he was elected in 2016 with numerous favorable policies including free education for all until secondary level, pivotal developmental goal and resolute commitment to tackle corruption.

Akufo Addo named as Africa’s best president

Most Transparent Administration in Africa

The Canadian-based research institute further stated that his administration remains the most transparent and near-total corruption-free in the history of the country’s democracy when compared with other past presidents. It was also noted that his activeness, humility, and exceptionality among other African leaders, inspired the award – he is called the best among equal.

It is no news that two of the nominees of the 2018 Leaders of Tomorrow’s award have left their respective offices; Ian Khama, the formal Botswana president, who is succeeded by Mokgweetsi Masisi in April 2018 came second.

The former Mauritian president, Ameenah Gurib, left office in March 2018 was voted third. Seychelles president, Danny Faure was forth while Adama Barrow, Gambian president was voted fifth in the lucidly transparent research voting process.

The 2019 Year of Return

Nana Akufo-Addo recently began a campaign ‘The 2019 Year of Return’ to attract Ghana citizens in the diaspora to their motherland through quality health care, education, improved security and economy to promote SMEs and other thriving businesses in the country.

He noted that the Ghanaians in the diaspora could play a vital role in African development, saying that China benefitted from the vast experience and knowledge garnered by her emigrants that ended up investing in their home nation following their extended stay abroad.

Nana Akufo Addo Crowned African Best President

William Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, born March 29th. 1940 has served in numerous Ghanaian public offices including the Attorney General of Ghana (2001 – 2003), Member of Parliament (1997 -2004 and 2005 – 2009) and Minister of Foreign Affairs (2003 – 2007) among others.

The ever determined political icon contested for presidency in 2008 and 2012 under the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and lost to the candidates of the National Democratic Congress’ John Evans Atta Mills and John Dramani Mahama respectively.

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However, his steadfast ambition and his determination to bring qualitative change to his country made him contest for the third time and won under the same political party.

The Ghanaian president enrolled in the prestigious University of Ghana, Legon and earned a B. Sc. Degree in Economics 1967. He also served the Inner Temple as an apprenticeship, otherwise known as the Inns of Court before being called to bar in 1971.

Nana Akufo-Addo has bagged the needed experience in all the corners of life to prepare him for the position he now occupies, and that has helped him in sailing the ship of his country to safety.

Huge congrats! Keep up the good work!

 

Credit: President Akufo Addo

HEADS OF STATE OF GHANA 

Ghana gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1957. Before independence, Ghana was a British colony called the Gold Coast with colonial administrators.

The last 3 governors of the Gold coast before the independence were. Sir Robert Scott, Sir Charles Noble Arden- Clarke and Lord Listowell.

The last 3 governors of the Gold coast before the independence were. Sir Robert Scott, Sir Charles Noble Arden- Clarke and Lord Listowell.

Today, the country is a unitary constitutional democracy with a president. The president serves as both head of state and head of the government.

 

Although the status of the country was changed to a republic with democratic elections, there was a long period of instability in the country due to several military interventions.

When the seniors and juniors of the army were not happy with the head of the state, they would organise a military coup to overthrow the president and take over his duties for the next couple of years. This would go on until early 1990s and 2000s.

Here is a full list of the presidents since 1957.

  • Elizabeth II:
The Queen II of the United Kingdom served as the Queen of Ghana from 1957 to 1960

There was also a Governor-General who used to represent the Monarch in Ghana. The services of Sir Charles Arden-Clarke and Sir Kobina Arku Korsah were short-lived. William Hare remained in the position for 3 years.

  • Dr. Kwame Nkrumah:
Dr. Kwame Nkrumah first President of Ghana

In 1960, a referendum was held to approve a new constitution which changed the country’s status from monarchy to a republic with a presidential state of government.

Before being elected as president, Nkrumah was the first Prime Minister from 1952 to 1960. He remained in the office for 6 years.

  • Joseph Arthur Ankrah:

The Lieutenant General was the first commander of the army of Ghana. In 1966, he led a military coup to overthrow Nkrumah and to dissolve the Parliament. The military rule lasted for three years.

  • Akwasi Afrifa:

 

He was the head of State and the leader of the military government for a short while between April and September 1969. After the second republic was established, he remained in the office as the acting president until August 1970.

 

  • Nii Amaa Ollennu: He was a jurist and judge at the Supreme Court of Ghana before becoming the President. However, he was in the office for only 24 days.
  • Edward Akufo Addo:

 

The Ghanaian lawyer and politician regarded as one of the founding fathers of Ghana since he fought for the independence. He remained in the office for 1.5 years until another military coup.

 

  • Ignatius Kutu Acheampong:

 

In 1972, he led a second military coup which overthrew Akufo-Addo. He ruled Ghana for 6.5 years before being executed at the end of the 1970s.

 

  • Fred Akuffo:

 

He was a Chief of Defense Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces and Head of State while the Supreme Military Council ruled Ghana. He was also overthrown by another military coup and executed along with other senior military officers

 

  • Jerry Rawlings:

He forcefully overthrew Fred Akuffo and the Supreme Military Council in June 1979 and replaced it with Armed Forces Revolutionary Council.

  • Dr. Hilla Limann:

The third republic was established in 1979. Dr. Hilla Limann was elected President under People’s National Party and received strong support from the citizens, especially the supporters of the former president Nkrumah. He was later tragically overthrown by Jerry rawlings in 1981.

  • Jerry Rawlings:

 

After brutally and forcefully overthrowing Dr. Hilla Limann.  He ruled lasted for 7 years. In what some people have labelled as the most horrific, brutal and very dark period in the history of Ghana from curfews to the killing of some Ghanaian prominent judges. 

  • John Kufuor:

 

The former President John Kufuor’s election in 2001 was considered the first fair democratic election since 1957. He was more of a liberal-democrat who focused on health and education. He initiated National Health Insurance Scheme, National Ambulance Service and National School Feeding Programme.

He remained in the office until 2009 and had to quit according to the term limit which deduced one could only stay in the seat for a maximum of 8 years. Former President John Kufuor is popularly known as Gentle Giant and loved by many.

  • John Atta Mills:

 

He was formerly the Vice-President  from 1997 to 2001. Later on, he was elected as President of Ghana from 2009 to 2012. He initiated the mass production of oil and thus facilitated economic growth. He sadly died in 2012 while he was still in office.

 

  • John Mahama:

He served as Vice President of Ghana until the death of John Alta Mills; but lost to the New Patriotic Party Candidate Nana Akufo-Addo in the next election in 2016.

 

  • Nana Akufo Addo:

He previously served as Attorney General from 2001 to 2003 and as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2003 to 2007.

Nana Akufo Addo ran for president once in 2008 and once in 2012, He finally won in his third attempt, He is now the current president.

 

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Credit: Ghana Education/History/Ghana/Research/FVV/First hand Info/ Ghana History

Join uss in wishing one of the best African Presidents H.E John Agyekum Kufuor, Happy 82nd Birthday 

Former flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) who served as president of the republic of Ghana from 2001 to 2009, His Excellency John Agyekum Kufuor, marks his 82nd birthday today, December 08, 2020.

The special day of the former president comes exactly after Ghana’s general elections on December 07 this year.

Despite the nation’s major focus on the general elections, the people of Ghana including party members and loved ones of took some time off their busy schedules and celebrated president Agyekum Kufuor.

Agyekum Kufuor completed his secondary education from Prempeh College, one of the best and renowned secondary schools in Ashanti region, Ghana.

He later joined the honourable society of Lincoln’s Inn, one of the greatest institutional body of lawyers and judges in the United Kingdom where he pursued law and became a certified barrister. He was called to bar in 1961 in London.

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In the year 1962, he was called to bar in Ghana but left for the UK to obtain a master’s degree in philosophy, politics, and economics from the Oxford University and Exeter College from 1961–64.

Same year president Kufuor completed his master’s degree, he got employed at the Ghana Commercial Bank in London where he worked as a Manager and Legal officer.

He worked for only a year at the bank and relocated to Ghana to start his political career at the age of 27.

He started as the chief legal officer and town clerk for the city of Kumasi from 1966 to 1969.

Following his service to the people of Kumasi, he was selected as a member of parliament and deputy foreign minister under the administration of Kofi Abrefa Busia from 1969 -72 and from 1979 to 1981.

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When Abrefa Busia was overthrown by Jerry John Rawlings during his brutal coups, the former president Kufuor at the time served as the secretary for local government but resigned in less than a year before his term expressing his disappointment in the governance of Rawlings.

In the year 2000 he was selected as the party’s flagbearer and won the national elections on a runoff elections.

He was peacefully sworn into office in 2001 and his government served Ghana emphasising on the improvement of the country’s economy, health and educational systems.

He received a lot of accolades for his immense support to Ghana and Africa at large.

Former president Kufuor was appointed the chairperson of the African Union from 2007–08.

Currently, he is serving several prestigious organisations locally and internationally including Interpeace, an international peace building organisation based in Geneva.

Source: Ghana Education | Research | First hand information

GUBA Award is Here Again

GUBA was founded in 2010 (London) by Dentaa Amoateng.

Dentaa Amoateng, CEO GUBA Awards
Dentaa Amoateng, CEO GUBA Awards

 

The first edition of GUBA USA is scheduled to take place at The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, New York on Thursday, September 26th, 2019.

The categories include: Influential Artist Award, Creative Influencer, Ghanaian Association of the Year Award, Charity of the Year Award, Innovation in Science and Technology Award, Exceptional Contribution to Medicine.

Technological Achievement Award, Exemplary Achievement in Education Award, Young Woman in Science Award, GUBA Public Service Award, GUBA Young and Talented Award, Excellence in Africa Advancement Award, GUBA Student Excellence Award, Editorial Excellence Award and African Innovator of the Year Award.

‘Five African Presidents will grace the occasion as special guests of honour.

Special Guest, Legendary Hollywood producer and actor, Danny Glover

 17 Award Nominees, 11 Black Star Award Recipients’ GUBA

GUBA Awards USA, Five African Heads of States will be gracing the event
Five African Heads of States will be gracing the GUBA Awards USA.

 

The nominees are selected based on their appreciable contribution to the world.

GUBA Awards USA 2019 Black Star Award for African Innovator of the Year
GUBA Awards USA 2019 Black Star Award for African Innovator of the Year

 

Here is the list of categories and their nominees;

Ghanaian Association of the Year Award

The Association of Ghana Lawyers of America

Ghana Physicians & Surgeons Foundation

Virginia Association of Ghana Nurses

Ghanaian Engineer & Architects Association of America

Ghanaian Pharmacists Association

Guba Charity of the Year Award

Alexis Miranda Foundation

The Distant Relatives

African Health Now

Ceciyaa Foundation

Right to Dream USA

Guba Creative Influencer Award

54- Kingdoms

Afua Sam

Christian Sefa

Lovie Simone

Eric Adjepong

Larry Ossei Mensah

 

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Guba Influential Artist Award

Isaac Chukwu Udeh

Isshaq Ismail

Kwame Akoto-Bamfo

Kwesi Botchway

Lesley Kafui Semackor

Mohammed Awudu

Albert Dorgbadzi

Serge Attukwei Clottey

Caleb Nii Odartey Aryee

Prince Gyasi Nyantakyi

 

Guba Innovation in Science & Technology

Dr. Alexander Anim-Mensah

Murisiku Raifu

Iddris Sandu

Dr. Ave Kludze

The award ceremony will present the prestigious accolades to winners in all categories.

Credit: GUBA Awards USA

Gambia’s ex-president Yahya Jammeh Accused of Rape by Former Gambian pageant Fatou Jallow

Sexual assault against women in parliament is still a significant issue. There are quite a handful of African presidents or congress members who were accused of harassing females.

 

According to reports, 3 other women have  have allegedly consulted the Human Rights Watch and TRIAL International.

From some of the few interviews that we have watched Fatou Toufah says the then president was putting pressure on her to marry him. 

When she refused his marriage proposal, he became more aggressive and threatening.

 

Stop sexual harassment.

 

RAPE ALLEGATIONS

She was eventually  injected, and sodomized during a religious ceremony hosted at the State House.

This wasn’t the end of the testimony, though. As Jallow was leaving the building after regaining her consciousness, she was threatened by the assistants of Jammeh to keep her silence.

Jallow consequently flew to Senegal where she sought help at Human Rights Watch and was granted protection status. She has since relocated to Canada where she currently resides.

The other women kept their identity confidential, but still carried on with giving testimonies for Human Rights Watch.

 

Stop sexual harassment.

 

All these interviews had a parallel pattern, that is, Jammeh treated them like objects he could buy. By merely buying them expensive gifts, giving them scholarships or highly-paid jobs at the State House, he was obligating them to have sex with him.

Another victim claimed that a staff member at the State House tried to abduct her for Jammeh to rape, but she escaped.

Gambian Government

APRC Deputy Leader Ousman Rambo Jatta denied the allegations and implied that this was the work of Western corporations who wanted to ruin the reputation of Jammeh who is already in exile.

Yahya Jammeh, who currently lives in Equatorial Guinea, has chosen to remain silent about the allegations.

Human Rights Watch is quite clear about how to react. Reed Brody from HRW stated that everybody is equal in front of the law when it comes to sexual crimes.

 

Stop sexual harassment.
In the meantime, the Gambian Government has made a call and encouraged the citizens to report any incident of sexual assault committed by Yahya Jammeh or other politicians.

Jammeh’s 22 year of reign is full of accusations such as kidnappings, unresolved murder mysteries, sexual violence, and torture.

An investigation committee is preparing a generalized report for all these acts. Current President Adama Barrow is expecting to receive a final investigation report about the allegations,

but he states that Jammeh will probably be brought back to the Gambia for a trial later this year.

 

 

 

 

Zuriel OduwoleMeet Nigerian Zuriel Oduwole, she has made history as the youngest person ever to be interviewed on popular magazine Forbes.

The interview with the award winning documentary film maker, conference speaker and writer is featured in the August 2013 edition of Forbes Africa.

Touted by some as the next Larry King, and ARISE News as the next Oprah Winfrey, Oduwole is reportedly committed to rebrand Africa by showing the positive things in about the continent, and making the case for education the Girl Child in Africa and Emerging Markets.

As an invited guest to the recent African Union 50th anniversary celebrations in Ethiopia, she has in her quest of pursuing her goal interviewed leading African business, political, and sports personalities, including eight current African Presidents, Africa’s richest person, Aliko Dangote and Tennis super stars Venus and Serena Williams.

Zuriel (which is Hebrew for God is my Rock) believes if she can walk a mile, then there are girls who on seeing her work and progress made, would walk a mile and half.

What an inspiration!

President Samia Suluhu has made history in the country’s politics as the first female president following the demise of the sitting president John Magafuli. 

Samia Hassan has been sworn in today as the President of Tanzania. She is the sixth President and the First  Female of President Tanzania.

With her calm nature, President Samia Suluhu unexpectedly rose to the position of vice president after the late president Magufuli selected her as his running mate and won the elections.

She made history again today, Friday, March 19, 2020 when she was officially sworn in as Tanzania’s first female president at the state hose before state officials at the state’s capital, Dar es Salaam.

In the presence of cabinet members and past presidents of Tanzania including Ali Hassan Mwinyi, Jakaya Kikwete and Abeid Karume, vice president samia hassan took an oath of office with a Quran in her right hand which was overseen by chief justice Chief Justice Ibrahim Jumavowing.

The 61-year-old Hassan, dressed in black suit and red hijab pledged to protect the east African country’s constitution and hold it in high esteem.

Samia Hassan sworn in today as the President of Tanzania

Speaking at her investiture, she urged Tanzanians to come together and stay connect by letting go of their differences in order to focus on the country’s development which was the main dream of her late predecessor.

Also, she promised to continue the works ahead as espoused by the late president because she’s already been prepared for the task ahead by Magufuli since teaching was part of him.

President Samia Hassan was born in Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous archipelago of Tanzania in January 1960.

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During that period in Tanzania, most women were denied of education because parents had the perception that a woman’s place was the kitchen.

However, Samia Hassan was privileged to be part of the few women to undergo education and training at the primary and secondary level where she studied statistics and completed in 1977.

Samia Suluhu: First Female Tanzania President

President Samia Suluhu then gained employment opportunity at the government sector in the Ministry of planning and Development to be precise. In 1992, she joined Tanzania’s chapter of World Food Program as a Project Manager.

Same year, Hassan obtained a certificate in postgraduate Diploma in Economics at the University of Manchester, London.

Climbing to the top of the educational ladder, she earned a joint Master’s Degree programme in Community Economic Development from the Open University of Tanzania and Southern New Hampshire University in the United States of America.

She began her political career in 2005 when she was first selected to join the Zanzibar House of Representatives and was given a ministerial position by the then president Amani Karume.

 In 2010, she contested and won the National Assembly for the Makunduchi parliamentary seat with over 80% percent of the vote.

Four years later, Hassan was nominated as the Cabinet minister and became Vice-Chairperson of the Constitutional Assembly responsible for the drafting of a new constitution for Tanzania.

Her skillful ways of addressing several challenges on that field earned her the nation’s respect. In July 2015, presidential candidate for Tanzania’s largest political party Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), John Magufuli appointed her as his running mate.

President Samia Hassan has formerly begun the task ahead as the continuation of the five-year term commenced by late president John Magufuli as directed by the country’s constitution.

Tanzanians are still in a 14-day mourning state as burial plans are yet to be announced by the newly installed president.

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