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1st African Leaders

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These are the first African leaders
Presidents, Prime Ministers and Kings 
who led their countries to Independence from the yoke of Colonialism
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Courtesy of

Top 10 Greatest African Presidents of All Time

“Canada »” Accessed
August 5, 2013) .


  Most Photographs and other information come from Wikipedia

Complete National-Anthems-World-Edition-2013
Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra Kosice
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra

          National anthems of the world Nationalhymnen der Welt. Free download

             The World Atlas

If you want to listen to the anthem of any African country, or see the flag, or see the map, or read any information about any African country, just click
on the picture of the president, Prime Minister,
Emperor  or king of that country.

If you want to know about the President, Prime
Minister, King or the Emperor, just click on his
name below him and you will get to the information
you need about him.

First President of Nigeria

Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe

1960-         First Prime Minister of Nigeria

     Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa 

First President of Zimbabwe 

Pastor Canaan Banana

First Prime Minister of Zimbabwe

Bishop Abel Muzorewa
June 1, 1979-Dec. 12, 1979 

First President of the Democratic Republic            of the Congo (Zaire) Kinshasha

  First Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire) Kinshasha

                     Patrice Lumumba  
            June 24 - September 14, 1960 

  Emperor of Ethiopia
         Emperor - Haile Selassie I  

Prime Minister of
    Sierra Leone

Sir Milton Margai

    Last Emperor of Ethiopia

Halle Selassie 
                 1930 - 1974

 First Prime Minister and
                   First President of Ghana


                        Kwame Nkrumah 

 First Prime Minister and
             First President  of the Gambia

             Dawda Kairaba Jawara  
           1962-1970, Prime Minister,
                1970-1994 President

            The Three Modern Day Kings

King of Libya

    King Muhammad Idris I

 King of Swaziland

     King Mswati III 
           Since 1986

 King of Lesotho

     King Moshoeshoe II

First President of South Sudan

John Garang 

                First President of Senegal

              Léopold Sédar Senghor

First President of Mali

Modib Keita 
1960 - 1968 

First President of Guinea-Conakry

Ahmed Sékou Touré
1958 - 1984 

                       First President of  Sudan


                    Ibrahim Abboud, Chairman  
             Supreme Council--1958-1964  

          First President of Benin

                   Hurbert Maga

     First President of  South Africa

                 Nelson Mandela 

                    First President of Liberia

          Joseph Jenkins Roberts  
            1st & 7th President
                          1848-1856, 1872-1876 
       First President of Tanzania

    1964 - 1985  

First President of Djibouti
                                    Hassan Gouled Aptidon 

                 First President of Algeria

                     Ahmed Ben Bella 

           First President of Comoros

      Ahmed Abdallah Mohamed Sambi

   First President of Tunisia

       Habib Bourguiba

              First President of Malawi

             First President of Zambia

               Kenneth David Kaunda

 First President of  Mauritius

Sir Veerasamy Ringadoo
March 1992-June 1992

First President of Botswana

Seretse Khama

The first President of Morocco

Mbarek Bekkay

First President of Namibia

Sam Nujoma

 First President of Eritrea

Isaias Afewerki
1991 to present 

First President of Burkina Faso

Maurice Yaméogo
Upper Volta, Now Burkina Faso

First President of Central African Republic

 David Dacko
 1960-1966, 1979-1981

First President of Mauritinia

Moktar Ould Daddah

First President of CHAD

François Tombalbaye

First President of Togo

Sylvanus Olympio

  First President of Ivory Coast


First President of Equatorial Guinea

Francisco Macías Nguema

First President of Gabon

Gabriel Léon M'ba

First President of Burundi

Michael Micombero

First President of São Tomé & Príncipe

Manuel Pinto da Costa

First President of Kenya

Jomo Kenyatta

First President of Cape Verde

Aristides Maria Pereira

First President of Cameroon

Ahmadou Ahidjo

First President of the Republic of 
Congo (Brazzaville)

Fulbert Youlou

First President of Seychelles

Sir. James R. Mancham

First President of the Republic of Egypt

 Muhammad Naguib

First President of Rwanda

Grégoire Kayibanda

First President of Mozambique

Samora Molsés Machel

First President of Angola

Agostino Neto

First President of Niger

Hamani Dlori


These men are the real AFRICAN HEROES.  They led their countries through very difficult times during the periods of slavery and colonialism. Without their bravery and willingness to suffer for our liberty, Africa will not be where it is today.
We want to celebrate them and say thanks to all of them for what they have done for our continent. We thank them for the individual and collective sacrifices they made that we may be free.

The truth is, we are all human beings.  No matter whatever good we do, we all have our frailties and short comings because we are all human beings. Even though these are our heroes, we must note that heroes are not perfect and they are not saints.  Some heroes are the most wicked ones. Take for example, Francisco Maćias Nguema who was the first President of Equatorial Guinea.  He killed many citizens of his own country en masse by the hundreds for fun at the sound of band playing while he ordered his soldiers to shoot and kill them in cold blood. Click here
. Nguema's regime.

There were other African heroes who did not behave like Francisco Maćias Nguema; however, they became some of the worst, Neo-colonial masters who exploited their own people and treated them with contempt and disdain, worse than the colonial powers did. History should teach us sufficient lesson about the nature of humanity. Of all people in the world, Liberians should be the first people to understand the "hero phenomenon." Heroes do things for and to the people who worship them.  After going through our most recent history, we should have learned some lessons in history.  Heroes do things for and to the people that love them.

Notwithstanding, there were very good, I mean very good, African heroes whose only purpose was to labor hard for the liberation of their own people.  We have all kinds of African heroes; but whatever the case may be, lets celebrate our heroes for the sacrifices they have made to free us from the scorch of slavery and colonial exploitation. Lets pray that all their efforts will not go in vain by reverting their sacrifices into neo-colonial Africa. I hope our present and future leaders will learn the hard lessons of history so that they will begin to work in the interest of our people who they are expected to serve, instead of trying to serve themselves.  "In the cause of the people, the struggle continues."

The words of Harry Emerson Fosdick are appropriate here. In his hymn "God of Grace and God of Glory"  he wrote:

"Save us from weak resignation to the evils we deplore...Cure Thy children's warring madness, bring our pride to Thy control, shame our wanton, selfish gladness, rich in things and poor in soul....In the fight to set men free, Grant us wisdom, Grant us courage that we fail not man nor Thee."

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