They say children are the leaders of tomorrow but when will this tomorrow be when the youths will not be given an opportunity?
African leaders love power so much that even in their old age, they will still be competing with children for leadership positions.
All the youths can do is sit back and watch men old enough to be their grandfathers refuse to allow children be the leaders.
At present, no fewer than 7 African countries have presidents who are above 70-years old.
1. Paul Biya (88-years-old)
Born on February 13, 1933, he has been the president of Cameroon since November 1982. Before he became president, he was prime minister from 1975 to 1982.
2. Manuel Pinto da Costa (84-years-old)
Born on August 5, 1937, he served as the first President of São Tomé and Príncipe from 1975 to 1991. He contested again in the July 2011 presidential election and won.
3. Alpha Conde (83-years-old)
Born on March 4, 1938, he has been President of Guinea since December 2010. He was the first freely elected president in the history of the country. He got reelected in 2015 with almost 58% of the vote.
4. Hage Geingob (80-years-old)
He was born on August 3, 1941. He is the current president of Namibia who assumed office on March 21, 2015. He served as prime minister from 1990 to 2002 and again from 2012 to 2015 before he became president.
5. Teodoro Obiang Mbasogo (79-years-old)
He was born on June 5, 1942. He became president of Equatorial Guinea in 1979 after ousting his uncle, Francisco Macías Nguema, in an August 1979 military coup.
6. Muhammadu Buhari (79-years-old)
The current president of Nigeria was born December 17, 1942. He assumed office in 2015 after defeating Goodluck Jonathan in the presidential election. He is a retired Major General in the Nigerian Army who previously served as the country's Head of State from December 31, 1983 to August 27, 1985.
7. Allassane Ouattara (79-years-old)
Born on January 1, 1942, Ouattara has been serving Cote d'ivoire as her president since 2011. He was prime minister from November 1990 to December 1993.
How much longer do the youths have to wait before they are given an opportunity?
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