We all expect someone to be educated if he is the president of a country.
However, that is not the case with some individuals and they are proudly running their countries with the little education they attained. Let’s take a look at the top 10 least educated African presidents. Below are the list of least educated African presidents;
1. Salva Kiir Mayardit – South Sudan
Salva Kiir joined the military at a tender age and is not known to have received any form of formal education. Look at him now, president of South Sudan. He had only Secondary education and he is the president of South sudan.
2. Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz – Mauritania
Aziz doesn’t actually have any academic certification; only military training. Well, that should encourage people who don’t really want to study. Aziz joined the Royal Military Academy of Meknes, Morocco in 1977 and that’s it. His military training played a key role in suppressing an attempted coup in June 2003 and a military uprising in August 2004.
3. Ismail Omar Guelleh – Djibouti
In his youth, Guelleh attended a traditional Islamic school, and entered the civil service in 1968, when it was still under French colonial administration. He is a high school dropout as he moved out to Djibouti from Ethiopia before completing his studies.
4. Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir – Sudan
Bashir was born into a peasant family that later moved to Khartoum; where he received his secondary education. He then joined the army. He studied at a military college in Cairo and fought in 1973 with the Egyptian army against Israel. Did you know that he is no longer president? The military ousted him.
5. Muhammadu Buhari – Nigeria
Buhari’s highest level of education is secondary school. He attended primary school in Daura and Mai’adua before proceeding to Katsina Model School in 1953 and to Katsina Provincial Secondary School (now Government College, Katsina) from 1956 to 1961.
6. Paul Kagame – Rwanda
Paul was a good student, graduating with good grades from Rwengoro Primary School. His performance declined when his father died in the early 1970s and had a tendency to fight those who belittled Rwandan people. He completed his high school studies without distinction at Old Kampala Secondary School.
7. Abdelaziz Bouteflika – Algeria
Algeria’s longest serving president successively attended three schools in Oudja: Sidi Ziane, El Hoceinia, and Abdel Moumen High Schools, where he reportedly excelled academically. He received his militarily education at the École des Cadres in Dar El Kebdani, Morocco.
Note: Abdelaziz resigned not long ago.
8. Isaias Afwerki – Eritrea
Isaias’ situation is quite interesting. He was actually a good student, passing his final year exams in high school thus gaining admission to Addis Ababa University. However, he dropped out as he decided to join the Eritrean liberation struggle. That was a bold move; leaving your studies all in the name of democracy. Look where it has got him now, he’s Eritrea’s first and only president.
9. Joseph Kabila – Democratic Republic of Congo
Joseph’s only known academic certification is a High School Certificate. He has otherwise received training at the PLA National Defence University in Beijing, China and followed a military curriculum in Tanzania then at Makerere University. He’s basically a qualified military personnel.
10. Denis Sassou-Nguesso – Republic of Congo
He has been the president of the Republic of Congo since 1997. Denis was educated at a teacher’s college in Dollsie. Soon after, he received military training between 1961 and 1963 at the officers’ of Cherchell in Algeria and at the Infantry Academy in Saint-Maixent, France.