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The 10 Greatest African Leaders

4) Haile Selassie

Haile Selassie was a member of the Solomonic Dynasty. He served Ethiopia as its regent from 1916 to 1930 and as its emperor from 1930 to 1974. He fended off an invasion by Italy. In 1936, at the League of Nations, he condemned the use of chemical weapons by Italy against his people during the Second Italo-Ethiopean War. He played a significant role in starting the Organization of African Unity. His views resulted in Ethiopia becoming a charter member of the UN.

Haile Selassie

Courtesy of Library of Congress / G. Eric and Edith Matson

3) Alpha Oumar Konare

Alpha Oumar Konare served as the President of Mali for two terms between 1992 and 2002. During his tenure as president, he boosted the country’s economy and fostered democracy. He was the chairperson of African Union between 2003 and 2008. He relentlessly worked for peace and integration in the West African region. He served as the president of ECOWAS in 1999 and UEMOA in 2000.

Alpha Oumar Konare

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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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