Least Educated Presidents in Africa: Top 10

Who are the Least Educated African Presidents?

It may shock you to know that not all African Presidents passed through the four walls of a university. In our previous posts, we dealt with the most educated African leaders who have various educational qualifications. Research have shown that most educated politicians in the world tend to be wise in policy making than those who are uneducated.

This post shall list 10 least educated presidents in Africa and give a brief narrative about them


10 Least Educated Presidents in Africa

10. President Denis Sassou-Nguesso of the Republic of Congo: He has been ruling as the President of the Republic of the Congo since 25 October 1997. He joined the military and was trained between 1961 and 1963. He had his education at a teachers’ college in Dolisie.

9. President Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea: Also on the least educated African president list is President Isaias Afwerki who made history when he became the first President of Eritrea. He dropped out after one year at the university to join the Eritrea freedom struggle which saw the end of autocracy in Eritrea.

8. President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz of Mauritania: He came into power in 5 August 2009 and performed excellently at the Royal Military Academy. He had no certificate or degree.

7. President Paul Kagame of Rwanda: Born to a Tutsi family in south Rwanda, Paul Kagame became president of Rwanda on 24th March, 2000. He had his primary education in a school close to a refugee camp. He was expelled from his school for fighting. He had no higher education

6. President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia: He received military training both in Senegal and U.S.A. He later studied at the Gambia High School at Banju.


5. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika of Algeria: Growing up wasn’t easy for President Abdelaziz. He didn’t go the university even though he was a bright student.

4. President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan: Omar al-Bashir is the President of Sudan. After finishing his primary education, he joined the Sudanese Army in 1960. He also trained with the Egyptian military but had no certificate.

3. President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh of Djibouti: He went to a traditional Islamic school before he joined the police. He became the  president of Djibouti in 1999.

2, President Salva Kiir Mayardit of South Sudan: Because of the war that ravaged Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit coudn’t complete his education and so, dropped out and joined the Anya-Anya rebellion movement.

1. President Jacob Zuma of South Africa: Lastly, South African President Jacob Zuma came top on the list as the only president in Africa without formal education. He entered into power in 2009.

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