Celebrity

The 10 Greatest African Leaders

6) Patrice Lumumba

Patrice Emery Lumumba founded the mainstream Mouvement national congolais (MNC) party. He played a major role in campaigning for independence from Belgium. He was the first democratically elected Prime Minister of Congo. This Congolese independence leader called for national unity and overall African independence. After the nation fell under the control of military leader Joseph Mobutu, this great leader was arrested and taken to Katanga, where he was killed on 17 January 1961. Unfortunately United Nations did not intervene to save him.

Patrice Lumumba

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5) Julius Nyerere

Julius Kambarage Nyerere is one of Africa’s most respected figures. He was the first President of Tanzania and held the office from 29 October 1964 to 5 November 1985. He voluntarily stepped down in 1985. He was premier when Tanganyika was granted internal self-government, and was made president on independence in 1961. In 1964 he successfully negotiated the union of Zanzibar and Tanganyika, resulting in today’s Tanzania. This great leader guarded himself against corruption. He was respected by many world leaders of his time.

Credit: Nationaal Archief

Credit: Nationaal Archief

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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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