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African Women in Power Since ‘1975


Since 1976 Africa has seen 11 female presidents. Below are the list

Elisabeth Domitien

PRIME MINISTER – CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

1975-1976

This Central African politician was the first woman to serve as prime minister of a sub-Saharan African country.

 

Sylvie Kinigi

PRIME MINISTER/PRESIDENT – BURUNDI

1993-1994

An economist and politician, who is a member of the Tutsi minority in Burundi, is currently working for the United Nations Development Programme.

 

Agathe Uwilingiyimana

PRIME MINISTER – RWANDA

1993-1994

This moderate politician from the Hutu minority, who once taught chemistry at the National University of Rwanda, was assassinated in 1994.

 

Mame Madior Boye

PRIME MINISTER – SENEGAL

2001-2002

This Senegalese politician and lawyer, who is known as a militant feminist, was appointed as the African Union’s Special Representative for the promotion of the protection of civilians in armed conflicts in 2004.

 

Maria Das Neves

PRIME MINISTER – SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE
2002-2004

This Cuban-educated politician and economist previously worked for the World Bank and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

 

 

Luisa Diogo

PRIME MINISTER – MOZAMBIQUE

2004-2010

This Mozambican politician was appointed to serve on the OECD’s High Level Panel on the Future of the Development Assistance Committee.

 

Elen Sirleaf

PRESIDENT – LIBERIA

2006-2018

The first elected female head of state in Africa, who is listed as the 83rd most powerful woman in the world by Forbes in 2016, released her first book, This Child Will Be Great, in 2010.

Cisse Mariam Kaidama Sidibe

PRIME MINISTER – MALI

2011-2012

This Timbuktu-born politician was removed from office and reported to be detained by military government forces following the 2012 coup d’etat in Mali.

 

Joyce Banda

PRESIDENT – MALAWAI

2012-2014

This Malawian politician and former secretary, who is the founder of a charitable foundation that assists Malawian children through education, was named the most powerful woman in Africa by Forbes magazine in 2014.

 

Mame Madior Boye

PRIME MINISTER – SENEGAL

2013-2014

This Senegalese politician, who played football for the Dakar Gazelles in her youth, holds a PhD. degree on micro financing of women in sub-Saharan Africa from the International School of Management.

Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila

PRIME MINISTER – NAMIBIA

2015-Present

This Namibian politician was named director-general of the National Planning Commission at the young age of 27.