This post is about the top 10 youngest presidents in Africa in 2021. Below are the names of the youngest presidents in Africa and their ages. You can likewise read about the female presidents in Africa if you’ll like to know about the powerful women in Africa.
10. Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya (Age: 59)
Uhuru Kenyatta is one of Africa’s youngest presidents. Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta, has been in office since April 9, 2013. He is Kenya’s fourth president. Kenya’s first president, Jomo Kenyatta, was his father. He is also Africa’s tenth youngest president.
In the August 2017 general election, Uhuru was re-elected for a second term, receiving 54 per cent of the vote. The Chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Wafula Chebukati announced the victory on national television.
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9. Macky Sall, Senegal (Age: 59)
Macky Sall is a Senegalese politician who has served as the country’s president since April 2012. In the first round of the Senegalese presidential election in February 2019, he was re-elected President.
Sall served as Prime Minister of Senegal from July 2004 to June 2007 and President of the National Assembly from June 2007 to November 2008 under President Abdoulaye Wade. He served as Mayor of Fatick from 2002 to 2008, and again from 2009 to 2012.
Sall was a member of the Senegalese Democratic Party for a long time (PDS). He was ousted from his position as President of the National Assembly in November 2008 after a confrontation with Wade. As a result, he formed his political party, APR, and joined the opposition.
After finishing second in the first round of the 2012 presidential election, he gained support from other opposition candidates and defeated Wade in the second round on March 25, 2012.
After Senegal’s independence from France, he became the country’s first president.
8. Tshisekedi Félix, Congo (Age: 57)
Since January 25, 2019, Félix Tshisekedi, is one of the politicians in Congolese. At 55 years, he accepted the role. Following his late father, Étienne Tshisekedi, he is the current leader of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS), the Democratic Republic of Congo’s oldest and biggest political party.
In the December 2018 general election, which he won amid allegations of violations from multiple election monitoring organizations and other opposition parties. After another opposition member, Martin Fayulu, appealed the outcome, the Constitutional Court of the DRC affirmed his victory, but Tshisekedi has been accused of forging a deal with his predecessor, Joseph Kabila.
Since the DRC gained independence from Belgium in 1960, this election represented the first peaceful transfer of power.
7. Letsie III, Lesotho (Age: 57)
Lesotho’s current king is Letsie III. When his father, Moshoeshoe II, was pushed into exile in 1990, he took over. In 1995, his father was briefly reinstated, but he died in a car accident in early 1996, and Letsie reclaimed the throne.
The majority of King Letsie’s duties as monarch of Lesotho are ceremonial, as he is a constitutional monarch.
6. Adama Barrow, Gambia (Age: 56)
Adama Barrow is one of the Gambian politicians and a real estate entrepreneur who have served as the Gambia’s third and current President since 2017. He is also the sixth youngest president in Africa.
After defeating Yahya Jammeh in a free and fair election, he was sworn into office in 2017. He attended Crab Island Secondary School and the Muslim High School, the latter on a scholarship, after being born in Mankamang Kunda, a village close to Basse Santa Su.
He then worked as a sales manager for Alhagie Musa Njie & Sons, a Gambian energy company. Barrow moved to London in the early 2000s to pursue real estate certifications while working as a security guard.
He started Majum Real Estate after returning to the Gambia in 2006 and served as its CEO till 2016.
5. Liberia George Weah, Liberia (Age: 54)
George Weah (A former professional footballer) was elected President of Liberia after defeating Vice President Joseph Boaka in the 2017 election. He is now Africa’s fifth-youngest president.
4. Faure Gnassingbe, Togo (Age: 54)
Faure is another person that made the list of Africa’s youngest president. Since May 4, 2005, Faure Gnassingbe has been the President of Togo. His father, Gnassingbe Eyadema, appointed him to the cabinet before his death on February 5, 2005.
On April 24, 2005, he was sworn in as President after winning a contentious presidential election. In 2010, Gnassingbé was re-elected for a second term.
According to official results, Gnassingbé won a third term in April 2015, defeating his primary competitor, Jean-Pierre Fabre, by a margin of around 59 per cent to 35 per cent.
3. Mswati III, Swaziland (Age:52)
Mswati III became the King of Swaziland in 2021, inheriting the throne from his father, Sobhuza II. He is the Swazi Royal Family’s head. He was crowned on April 25, 1986, at the age of 18, after being introduced as the crown prince in 1983.
Mswati III is one of Africa’s youngest heads of state at the moment. He controls the kingdom as an absolute monarch with his mother, Ntombi Tfwala, as Queen Mother. Mswati III is noted for his polygamy, with 15 wives at the moment.
Although he is well-liked and respected in Swaziland, his policies and extravagant lifestyle have sparked local demonstrations and worldwide condemnation.
2. Andry Rajoelina, Madagascar (Age:46)
Andry Rajoelina is Africa’s second-youngest president. Andry Nirina Rajoelina was born on May 30, 1974, in Antsirabe, and became President of Madagascar on January 19, 2019. In the year 2000, he married Mialy Razakandisa, with whom he had three children.
Rajoelina dropped out of college at the age of 19 to create Show Business, an events firm. His economic empire now includes radio and television stations among others.
1. Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopia (Age:44)
Abiy Ahmed was born in Beshasha on August 15, 1976, and became Ethiopia’s prime minister on April 2, 2018. He is married to Zinash Tayachew and they have four children together.
Abiy joined the Ethiopian National Defense Force as a military intelligence officer when he was 15 years old. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering, an MBA, a master’s degree in leadership, a diploma in cryptology, and a doctorate in peace and security.