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See 8 Women Who Have Been President of African Nations (Past and Present)

Politics is a male dominated world, so it seen as an outstanding achievement when a Female Politician makes waves in it or rather emerge as the head of state.

This article is to celebrate the women who have had the honour of ruling a nation.

1. Sylvie Kinigi

Seen as technically the first female president of an African Nation, Sylvie Kinigi became the Prime Minister of Burundi after President Ndadaye and six of his ministers were killed by Tutsi insurgents on 21 October 1993. A few days after the assassination of the former President, Kinigi gathered together 15 of the 22 ministers to continue to govern, effectively being the acting President.

2. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

The Liberian Politician became the first female elected Head of State in Africa after she won the 2005 Presidential Election. She was also re-elected in 2011. She served two terms as President of Liberia. Before becoming the President of Liberia she had run for the same position in 1997 but lost to Charles Taylor.

3. Rose Francine Rogombé

The Late Politician became the President of Gabon for five months after the serving President, Bongo died of a heart attack. She assumed the position of President of Gabon from June 2009 to October 2009 since she was the President of the Senate.

4. Agnès Monique Ohsan Bellepeau 

The politician from Mauritius served as interim President twice from March 31, 2012 to July 21, 2012 and also from May 29, 2015 to June 5, 2015. She Served as President of Mauritius twice when both presidents resigned during their different tenure.

5. Joyce Hilda Banda

The Malawi Politician became Head of State after the sudden death of the then serving Head of State. She served as the fourth President of Malawi from 7 April 2012 to 31 May 2014. Before serving as the President of Malawi, she also served as the Vice President of Malawi.

6. Catherine Samba

The Central African Republic Politician became Head of State after President Michael Djotodia's resignation. She was a mayor before serving as the President of Central African Republic from 23 January 2014 to 30 March 2016.

7. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim

The Mauritian Politician became the 6th Head of State of Mauritius after she was unanimously approved by the Mauritian National Assembly. She served as President of Mauritius from 5 June 2015 to 23 March 2018 until her Resignation after a financial scandal.

8. Sahle-Work Zewde

This Ethiopian Politician is the first female elected President of Ethiopia and the only serving female President in Africa Currently. She became Head of State after she was elected unanimously by members of the Federal Parliamentary Assembly. She assumed office on 25 October 2018. She was named the 93rd most powerful woman in the world by Forbes in their December 2019 edition, and the highest ranking African woman on the list.

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