The average age of the 15 oldest African leaders is 77, compared to 52 for the world’s ten most-developed economies. Could this be one of the major reasons for Africa’s under-development,
If former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe, 94, was not unceremoniously marched out of the office he held for 37 years in 2017,
Why are African leaders so bent on holding to power? Once they get into office, they throw their brilliant credentials and track records out the window as seen in the cases of Mugabe, El Hadj Omar Bongo Ondimba, Gaddafi, etc.; no matter how good a leader is, he/she cannot be the only candidate in the entire country capable of leading the country.
The saying that the youths are the leaders of tomorrow is becoming a mere illusion as the youths sit back and watch their great-grandfather refuse to release their tight grip on power
Africa is one of the continents where age is just a number when it comes to holding political powers. This is even made worse by the type of democracy practiced in Africa, which is more nominal than practical.
Here are the top 10 oldest African presidents who believe they are capable even when age is seriously telling on them.
1.Paul Biya – Cameroon
Age: 87 years
The Cameroonian leader is currently 87years. He has been the President of Cameroon since November 6, 1982. Paul Biya is the 1th on the list of top 10 oldest presidents in the Africa.
2. Manuel Pinto da Costa – São Tomé and Príncipe
Age: 83 years
Manuel Pinto da Costa served as the first President of São Tomé and Príncipe from 1975 to 1991, and the politician was elected again as President in August 2011 and assumed office in September 2011.
3. Alpha Condé – Guinea
Age: 82 years
The Guinean politician was elected as President of Guinea in 2010. This was after two unsuccessful attempts in the 1993 and 1998 presidential elections.
4. Alassane Ouattara – Ivory Coast
Age: 78 years
Alassane Dramane Ouattara has been President of Côte d’Ivoire since 2011. Prior to that, he served as the Prime Minister of Côte d’Ivoire from November 1990 to December 1993, He won the 2010 elections and has governed since then.
5. Muhammadu Buhari – Nigeria
Age: 77 years
President Buhari previously served as head of state from December 31, 1983, to August 27, 1985, after he took power in a military coup d’état. He was elected again as president in 2015 after three unsuccessful bids in 2003, 2007, and 2011 general election, He was re-elected in 2019 for second term in office.
6. Nana Akufo-Addo – Ghana
Age: 76 years
The President of Ghana won 2016 elections and took over from a rather younger predecessor, John Mahama.
7. Yoweri Museveni – Ugandan
Age: 73 years.
Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni was involved in rebellions that toppled Ugandan leaders Idi Amin (1971–79) and Milton Obote (1980–85). He was therefore seen by the West as a hero a part of a new generation of African leaders. But the 73-year-old has since played fast and loose with the rules, scrapping Presidential term limits in 2005 to enable the extension of his rule.