Critics have often ranked African presidents and criticized their leadership constituting the problems affecting the continent. Despite the fact that the actions of some African leaders are nothing short of shameful, there a few good eggs in the basket evident as some African leaders have led by example and are worthy of commendation. However, these leaders are not considered perfect but are classified based on their policies and achievements in the area of economic stability, education, infrastructural development, and employment while in office.
1) President Nana Addo Akufo-Addo, Ghana
President Nana Akufo-Addo who is referred to as Ghana’s number one worker, has gained admiration from across the continent and beyond for his Pan-African believes and people-friendly policies, since he took over the leadership office in his country. His efforts have greatly influenced a cut down on salaries of public office holders and created about a million job opportunities for the Ghanaian people while stabilizing the economy. Furthermore, according to research, he is applauded for digitalizing the NHIS, Driver’s License, and other Government-issued documentation.
His highest creditable work has been infighting and reducing corruption among top public service holders. He has recently extended the free electricity and water to citizens by three months after making a move to ease the sufferings of his people during the COVID-19 pandemic. He is admired not just in Africa but across the world for bringing a new face to the continent.
2) President Paul Kagame, Rwanda
Whenever Rwanda is mentioned, one can’t help but immediately think of President Paul Kagame who took over power in 2000, a Rwanda that had been torn apart by genocide. To rebuild it, he had to rely mostly on uneducated guerrilla fighters and a handful of ill-trained cadres. Even the most optimistic of analysts and critics doubted his chances.
But years later, Rwanda is celebrated as one of Africa’s stable, prosperous, unified, and in large part, reconciled countries. President Paul Kagame’s efforts geared towards Social services, such as education, healthcare, housing, and livestock are provided to the needy, with no distinction of ethnicity or region of origin – two issues of discrimination that characterized the governments leading up to the genocide in Rwanda, which Kagame, has ended.
3) President Danny Faure, Seychelles
In third place, we can’t help but notice the wonderful efforts of President Faure who took office on October 16, 2016, and has carried the economy of Seychelles to greater heights. It is worth noting that, President Danny didn’t inherit a weak economy, but he deserves applauds for maintaining the economy of the country. His wonderful leadership has given him awards such as the award for National Geographic Society’s prestigious ‘Planetary and Leadership Award’ at a National Geographic Awards Ceremony, at the George Washington University, in Washington DC in 2019.
The president introduced a laptop scheme that provided free laptop computers to students across the country since 2017
4) President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, Burkina Faso
Did you know President Roch Marc of Burkina Faso is one of Africa’s best performing Presidents? Well, worry no more. President Roch Marc Christian Kabore has a record that is considered mixed. Specifically, his ability to deliver on his electoral pledges has been curbed by funding constraints and rising insecurity. DESPITE ALL THESE, some social programs have produced positive results. President Roch Marchas gained admiration for his fight against “insurgency in the country and his ability to open a new market for Gold exploration and exportation”. He has also helped assist farmers in the country and as a result, agriculture currently employs about 80% of the country’s total population.
5) President Adama Barrow, The Gambia
Researchers say that President Adama Barrow inherited a country in chaos and reports in the press that highly that the former longtime dictator of the country, Yahya Jammeh left the country’s treasury weak before going on exile in Equatorial Guinea. Considering his great leadership, President Adama Barrow received The Great Builder Super Prize award which is the Africa Road Builders Babacar Ndiaye Trophy for his achievements in the area of infrastructure in the country in June 2019. One worth noting area where the president has gained commendation the most is” in allowing the judiciary to carry out an independent trial on the former president and demanding justice for the numerous victims that suffered human rights abuse under Yahya Jammeh”.
6) President George Weah, Liberia
President George Weah of Liberia is the sixth most performing president in Africa as his greatest achievements comprise of the announcement of free education for Liberians up to the university level and his dedication to connecting all country capitals by paved.
Not forgetting that accusations of corruption have marred his government, many claims that the Weah Administration’s achievements surpass that of any other President since the country’s independence in 1847. President Weah took over the office in 2018 amidst criticism from sectors who believed he was not qualified to rule the people of Liberia but he has stood out.
7) President João Lourenço, Angola
Taking over from José Eduardo dos Santos, President Joao’s government has exposed the corruption and nepotism that prevailed in Angola. Since he took office in September 2017, he has made significant and evidently put reforms to improve financial sector transparency, liberalize the foreign exchange rate regime, and pursue a more business-friendly trajectory to improve international investors’ perception of the country’s business climate.
In his first year of leadership, the new government’s plan that focused on anti-corruption and free-market economic reforms has sent positive signals of political change which has been applauded throughout Africa and the World.
8) President Macky Sall, Senegal
President Sall of Senegal has gained huge admiration and been celebrated for his achievements in the health sector. He is one African leader who believes Africans can grow as one based on how he has also called on other African leaders on numerous occasions to invest more resources into health to address the health challenges facing the continent. The president also won the hearts of not just his people but Africans when he called for the completion of the bridge-road-rail project between Brazzaville and Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
His efforts in the health sector amid the COVID-19 pandemic did not go unnoticed as they encouraged the World Bank Board of Executive Directors to approve on a $100 million – half in grant and half in credit – to assist the Government of Senegal in responding to the social and economic impact of the pandemic.
9) President Sahle-Work Zewde, Ethiopia
Did you know the president of Ethiopia is a woman and she is breaking grounds with evidence? In 2018, Sahle-Work Zewde became Ethiopia’s first woman president and the only serving female head of state in Africa. She is a diplomat worth commending and veteran of the United Nations, Zewde was appointed with a unanimous vote by parliament.
she has assisted Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in privatizing the economy. The partnership has provided the young Prime Minister with the much-needed experience and advice to place the country on the track of achieving its aim to become a lower-middle-income economy by 2025.
10) President Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa
A lover of fast cars, vintage wine, trout fishing, and game farming, South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa is a controversial figure, one will say, he has a wonderful taste of the good things of life which also is reflected in his leadership as the president deserves commendation for repositioning the South African economy to take over the number one position in Africa with a target of R1.2 trillion over the next three years.
Being a skilled negotiator and strategist who acted as the ANC’s Chief Negotiator during South Africa’s transition to democracy, he built up the most influential trade union in the country – the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM). His efforts have also helped in no small way in helping the country overcome hostile situations that would ordinarily have affected the country’s stability and relationships with other African nations as seen in his meeting with Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari during the recent xenophobia attacks in South Africa.
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