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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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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
1963-1966 

1960-         First Prime Minister of Nigeria




     Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa 
     1960-1966




First President of Zimbabwe 


Pastor Canaan Banana
1980-1987





First Prime Minister of Zimbabwe
Rhodesia

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  
                      1916-1930

 
           
            First
Prime Minister of
    Sierra Leone

Sir Milton Margai
        1961-1964 



 
    Last Emperor of Ethiopia

                
Halle Selassie 
                 1930 - 1974


                 
 First Prime Minister and
                   First President of Ghana

                   

                        Kwame Nkrumah 
                                1960-1966  




               
 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
                   1951-1969




 King of Swaziland


     King Mswati III 
           Since 1986


        
 King of Lesotho


     King Moshoeshoe II
              1966-1990
               1995-1996



First President of South Sudan


John Garang 
1983-2005


           
                First President of Senegal

              Léopold Sédar Senghor
                           1960-1980


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
       1960-1963
 
  

     First President of  South Africa



                 Nelson Mandela 
          1994-1999


                 
                    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 
    1977-1999 

               
                 First President of Algeria



                     Ahmed Ben Bella 
  1963-1965 


         
           First President of Comoros

      Ahmed Abdallah Mohamed Sambi
       2006-2011
                     
  

   First President of Tunisia

       Habib Bourguiba
       1957-1964


              First President of Malawi

                     
             First President of Zambia

               Kenneth David Kaunda
                1964-1991


 
 First President of  Mauritius

Sir Veerasamy Ringadoo
March 1992-June 1992


First President of Botswana

Seretse Khama
1966-1980




The first President of Morocco

Mbarek Bekkay
1955-1958


First President of Namibia

Sam Nujoma
  1990-2005 


   
 First President of Eritrea

Isaias Afewerki
1991 to present 



First President of Burkina Faso

Maurice Yaméogo
1959-1966
Upper Volta, Now Burkina Faso






First President of Central African Republic

 David Dacko
 1960-1966, 1979-1981


First President of Mauritinia

Moktar Ould Daddah
1960-1978


First President of CHAD

François Tombalbaye
 1962-1973

First President of Togo

Sylvanus Olympio
1960--1963 

  First President of Ivory Coast

Félix-Houphouët-Boigny
1960-1993 


First President of Equatorial Guinea

Francisco Macías Nguema
1968-1979



First President of Gabon

Gabriel Léon M'ba
1957-1967 

First President of Burundi

Michael Micombero
1966-1976


First President of São Tomé & Príncipe

Manuel Pinto da Costa
1975-1991



First President of Kenya


Jomo Kenyatta
1964-1978




First President of Cape Verde

Aristides Maria Pereira
1975-1991


First President of Cameroon


Ahmadou Ahidjo
1960-1982 


First President of the Republic of 
Congo (Brazzaville)

Fulbert Youlou
1960-1963
 


First President of Seychelles

Sir. James R. Mancham
1976-1977





First President of the Republic of Egypt


 Muhammad Naguib
1953-1954


First President of Rwanda

Grégoire Kayibanda
1961-1973


First President of Mozambique

Samora Molsés Machel
1975-1986

First President of Angola

Agostino Neto
 1975-1979



First President of Niger


Hamani Dlori
1960-1974



REAL  AFRICA'S  HEROES

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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