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The 10 Greatest African Leaders

8) Jomo Kenyatta

Jomo Kenyatta was the first President of Kenya. Kenya gained independence in 1963. Jomo Kenyatta served as the leader of Kenya from the time it became independent till his death in 1978. He was the Prime Minister between 1963 and 1964, and President between 1964 and 1978. He brought stability and economic growth to Kenya. He pursued a pro-Western, anti-communist economic philosophy and foreign policy. He also oversaw his country’s admission to the UN.

Jomo Kenyatta

Courtesy of Nationaal Archief

7) Thomas Sankara

Thomas Isidore Noel Sankara served as the President of Burkina Faso between 1983 and 1987. He seized power in 1983 at the age of 33 in an endeavor to eliminate corruption and the dominance of the former French colonial power. Many people call him “African Che Guevara.” He was a military captain, pan-African theorist, Marxist revolutionary and feminist. He was an icon for many young Africans in the 1980. Even today he is a hero for many people in Burkina Faso. They praise his integrity and selflessness. Sankara was assassinated by an armed group on October 15, 1987.

Thomas Sankara

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11 Comments

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    for mandela to be number one is wrong to compare with nyerere who help to many countries and unit leaders to be the same. nyerere is the best.

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    this is bad statistics…. M.Ghadafi is not amongst these leaders after all what he did for Africa??
    all those Leaders worked for their countries, but Ghadafi worked for Africa…….!!!

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    Pls none of the Nigerian leader has any credibility to be in top leaders of Africa,likewise what about Muhammad Gadaffi late Libyan President

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    It is a pretty good thing to see Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf be ranked among great leaders of Africa but I want to differ the position Madam Sirleaf is placed. She deserves a position higher than No. 10 because of her countless stride for women participation in government especially in Africa. She brought Liberia back to sanity as a country of the rule of Law. She is the Mother WOMEN ADVOCACY in Africa. She restored a nation that lost it Compass for almost a century. She is the Mother of Modern Liberia, She is the First Female President of Africa and the Winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, how then could she be placed No. 10.
    Were you to rearrange the list in this order:
    1. Thomas Sankara
    2. Kwame Nkrumah
    3. Nelson Mandela
    4. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
    5. Julius Nyerere
    6. Patrice Lumumba
    7. Halie Selassie
    8. Jomo Kenyatta
    9. Samora Moises Michel
    10. Robert Mugabe
    Unarguably these are selfless African characters who hand prints are visible on the continent of Africa.

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