For people who have never sought out a piece of information like this before, you may assume the poorest Presidents in Africa are those from the poorest countries in the continent. But interestingly, this can’t be farther from the truth.
Actually how much wealth an African country has doesn’t necessarily determine how much its President would have. And this is why Muhammadu Buhari, the President of Nigeria, can be the poorest of all African Presidents.
Top 10 Poorest Presidents In Africa 2020
1. Muhammadu Buhari [Nigeria]
As we have already stated, the poorest of all Presidents in Africa, is Muhammadu Buhari. The man is the present President of the richest African country, Nigeria. When he campaigned to become Nigeria’s President, he claims to be a man who’d fight corruption. But even though all Nigerians don’t agree that he’s been able to end the country’s corruption, there’s no doubt about the fact that the man himself has abstained from corruption.
2. John Magufuli [Tanzania]
After Muhammadu Buhari, comes John Magufuli, on this list of the top 10 poorest Presidents in Africa. John Magufuli is the President of Tanzania, and funny enough, this country is not one of the top 10 poorest countries in Africa. Tanzania furthermore happens to be a very important African country, and yet this doesn’t make its President one of the richest. In other words, this further proves that being the President of the richest country doesn’t necessarily mean being the richest President.
3. Sahle-Work Zewde [Ethiopia]
Next on our list, is Sahle-Work Zewde. This is another pretty poor President in Africa. Not only does she rank as a poor African President, the woman also ranks as one of the poorest Presidents in the world. Sahle-Work Zewde happens to be the President of Ethiopia. But even though she’s not one of the richest African Presidents, this doesn’t mean you can’t build wealth in the country. And considering the fact that Sahle-Work Zewde is a woman, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to cut her some slack.
4. Edgar Lungu [Zambia]
The President of Zambia, Edgar Lungu, also ranks as one of the poorest Presidents in Africa. This man has often be claimed to be lying about his wealth. But if you take a closer look at the man’s life, you might come out convinced that he’s truly one of the poorest in the continent. And even though he might have some undeclared assets, we’re quite sure that his undeclared assets wouldn’t make much difference, even if they get declared. And just like most other President’s on this list, we don’t see him leaving this list anytime soon, unless he stops being a President.
5. João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço [Angola]
Next on our list of the top 10 poorest Presidents in Africa, is a man called João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço. João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço has been a politician for a while, and he is one of those men who have sworn to stay away from corruption. He has been the President of Angola since 2017. And as of the time of writing this content, João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço is stated to receive a basic salary of about $168.50.
6. Evaristo do Espírito Santo Carvalho [Sao Tome]
Sao Tome is not one of the top 10 poorest countries in Africa. But still, there’s nothing much in this country. But unlike many African Presidents, Evaristo do Espírito Santo Carvalho has not been greedy. He has abstained from keeping his country’s money for himself. Evaristo do Espírito Santo Carvalho became the President of this country in 2016. But he has been in politics since the 1990s.
Evaristo do Espírito Santo Carvalho may be one of the poorest Presidents in Africa, but people’s love for him isn’t one of those you can ignore. The man ranks as one of the most loved African Presidents.
7. Adama Barrow [Gambia]
Gambia is an important African country. And if you’re an African who knows about some countries in the continent, you should have heard about Gambia. As of the time of writing this content, the President of Gambia, Adama Barrow, ranks as one of the poorest Presidents in the continent. Adama Barrow is a good example of a man who came from nothing. But with the help of his intelligence and hard work, he rose to become a President. And despite coming from nothing, he hasn’t used this as an excuse to become a corrupt man.
8. Pierre Nkurunziza [Burundi]
Pierre Nkurunziza who happens to be the President of Burundi, ranks as one of the poorest Presidents in Africa. And this doesn’t come as a surprise. Burundi happens to be among the top 10 poorest countries in Africa, so we’re not surprised its President is one of the poorest.
Pierre Nkurunziza happens to have been serving his country for a very long time. He has served his country as a military man. He also happens to have served his country as a politician. Pierre Nkurunziza is not known to be a corrupt man, but he can be very harsh, which is probably what’s needed in a country like Burundi.
9. Danny Faure [Seychelles]
Seychelles is not a popular African country. But not only is it an unpopular country, its President also happens to be one of the poorest in Africa. Danny Faure has been a politician for a long time, and he ranks as one of those men genuinely interested in doing the best for their countries. Danny Faure has now served his country for about 10 years. In other words, he shouldn’t be among people who should be called corrupt politicians.
10. Idriss Deby [Chad]
The 10th poorest President in Africa is the President of Chad. Chad is a small country close to Nigeria. And its President, Idriss Deby, is one of the poorest in the continent. Idriss Deby also happens to be one of the anti-corruption Presidents in Africa. This man has ruled his country for about three decades. But despite haven ruled his country for such a long period, he hasn’t used that as an opportunity to embezzle the country’s fund. But while the man may not be a corrupt man, we can’t give him credit, when it comes to human rights.
For many people reading an article like this for the first time, before reading this article, you may have assumed the people in this article would be those who are Presidents of the poorest countries in Africa. But as you have seen, the wealth of a country doesn’t necessarily determine how wealthy its President would be.
You should also note that we created this list, based on the known assets of the Presidents in this article. In other words, it isn’t impossible that we’d have one or two Presidents in this article, who are worth more than they’d like the public to believe.
That’s all about the poorest presidents in Africa.
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