Africa, according to research, is one of the continents with the youngest populations but such a continent holds something in common, the aging and long-serving presidents.
President Akuffo Addo turned 77 and still actively serving Ghana. Makes me wonder if citizens are not bothered by the age of the people they vote into power to govern them. He is not the only leader old in office, there are a tall list of them. Until his death in 2019, Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe was the oldest leader in the world aged 95 years.
These leaders ought to be enjoying their retirement in peace and quiet but are still in office weighing the continent down.
How are leaders older than 70 Years lead the continent filled with unmatched opportunities into development and keep pace with other continents in the future when that future is not really guaranteed for them.
Here are 5 African Presidents and Heads Of States Who are too old to lead the continent into a better future.
1. Paul Biya
Country: Cameroon Presidential Term: 6 November 1982 – Current President Date Of Birth: 13 February 1933 Age: 88
2. Evaristo Carvalho
Country: São Tomé and Príncipe Presidential Term: 3 September 2016 – Current President Date Of Birth: 5 August 1937 Age: 84
3. Alpha Condé
Presidential Term: 21 December 2010 – Current President
Date Of Birth: 4 March 1938 Age: 83
4. Hage Geingob
Presidential Term: 21 March 2015 – Current President
Date Of Birth: 3 August 1941 Age: 80
5. Alassane Ouattara
Country: Ivory Coast
Presidential Term: 4 December 2010 – Current President
Date Of Birth: 1 January 1942 Age: 79