As Africa’s struggle with poverty, corruption, and civil wars continues, we are left to wonder if Africa is all about corrupt leaders.

Luckily, there are a few presidents who are trying their best to bring peace and welfare to their country.

 

Based on International Corruption Index and Ibrahim Index of African Governance, 10 best presidents of African have been ranked. Let’s take a look. (In no particular order)

  • NANA AKUFO-ADDO, GHANA

Nana Addo has brought peace to Ghana after decades of military rule. Today, Ghana holds the position as one of the economic powers of Africa.

Under Addo’s presidency, the country has improved greatly through Free High Education policy, and a 7-year Co-ordinated Programme for reforming the economy.

 

  • PAUL KGAME, RWANDA

Rwanda has evolved and economically grown thanks to the two decades of Kagame’s rule. He ended the 1994 genocide and unified the country that was divided.

Following the economic trends of China and Singapore, he tried to implement their strategies in Rwanda’s economies through his development plan called Vision 2020.

 

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  • DANNY FAURE, SEYCHELLES

Seychelles has the highest CPI score and the least corruption in Africa thanks to Faure.

The former Vice President was elected in 2016 and worked towards increasing the employment rate, as well as equality and human rights.

  • MOKGWEETSI MASISI, BOTSWANA

Botswana is among the top 3 African countries in Peace Index, as well as the African country with the most stable economy.

President Masisi has a big role in it, just like when he was the minister of education until 2018.

He has experience at the United Nations and UNICEF, which he uses to improve the country’s education and employment rate, as well as nature conservation.

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  • HAGE GEINGOB, NAMIBIA

Before becoming the president in 2015, Geingob was the prime minister from 1990 till 2002. During those years, he worked towards improving the security and human rights.

  • MACKY SALL, SENEGAL

Ever since Sall came to power in 2012, Senegal has become one of the business hubs of West Africa. It is now the sixth fastest growing economy in the continent.

Sall also worked towards ending corruption by reducing the state spending, and the salaries of the directors of agencies.

Photo credit: Macky Sall President of Senegal

 

He also founded the National Anti-corruption Office. His other aim was to reduce the cost of living by reducing the price of rice, sugar, and oil.

  • CYRIL RAMAPHOSA, SOUTH AFRICA

Ramaphosa had a lot to fix after predecessor Jacob Zuma, who resigned after charges of corruption.

Ramaphosa has worked towards land reforms and human rights, which both have high scores among other African countries.

He also managed to maintain the position of the country’s economy as the second largest in Africa.

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  • BEJI CAID ESSEBSI, TUNISIA

Essebsi was elected right after 2014’s revolution, so he put a lot of effort to restore the public sector transparency.

He also made Tunisia the second country in Africa to outlaw racism. Tourism and security have also improved drastically since 2014.

  • SAADEDDINE OTHMANI, MOROCCO

Initially the prime minister, Othmani was appointed in 2017 as the president.

He has improved the country’s infrastructure by establishing Africa’s first high-speed train line. He is very well-educated with master degrees in psychology and Islamic studies.

  • ROCH MARC CHRISTIAN KABORE, BURKINA FASO

President Kabore previously served as the head of the national assembly, as well as the prime minister. Since 2015, he developed the safety and international relations of Burkina Faso, especially with Ghana and the United States.

 

WCM: Meet Ange Kagame, the only daughter of the current president of Rwanda, Paul Kagame. She is widely known for her causes and charity work.

The stunning and gorgeous Philanthropist is positively impacting her country.

Ange kagame and father Paul Kagame
Ange kagame and father Paul Kagame

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She is a strong advocate for empowering women, a strong advocate of education and eradication of poverty as well emphasising disease immunization campaigns.

Ange Kagame was born in 1993 in Brussels and completed her education abroad away from the public eye. She went to Wellesley, Massachusetts to study political science with a minor in African studies.

Her first public appearance was in 2014 when she accompanied her father to the White House for a dinner hosted by Former President Barack Obama.

She currently continues her master’s degree in International Affairs at Columbia University, while working for several causes that focus on women’s empowerment, education, mass vaccination campaigns and poverty.

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She is a patron of various charitable organisations and women empowerment, disease immunization campaigns, education and eradication of poverty are things she loves taking part in.

Ange Kagame practicing her basket weaving skills, with the amazing women over at the Rwanda Women's Opportunity Center in Kayonza
Ange Kagame practicing her basket weaving skills, with the amazing women over at the Rwanda Women’s Opportunity Center in Kayonza

Ange Kagame’s mother, Jeannette Kagame the first lady of Rwanda is also very passionate about charity work. Some of her charities includes Imbuto Foundation, OALFA (Organization of African first Ladies against HIV/AIDS), PACFA (Protection and Care of Families against HIV/AIDS) 

Ange Kagame and mother, Jeannette kagame who is also very passionate about charity work
Ange Kagame & mother, Jeannette kagame who is also very passionate about charity work

In addition to her local dialect and English Ange Kagame speaks fluent French as well. 

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Sorry guys, she’s taken! Ange Kagame got married to Bertrand Ndengeyingoma last year

 

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Applications are now open for Africans to engage in SIMP. The program will train African with the requisite skills to help them contribute to positive changes in the world of business in Africa and beyond.

 

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Applicants must be between the ages of 25 and 45 years.

 

Countries eligible for this programme: Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia

 

Application Deadline: The end date for the application is February 20, 2020.

 

Click on the link below to access the official website! https://si.se/en/apply/leadership-programmes

 

Source: Swedish Institute

 

Paul Kagame is an ex-military leader. He is currently the president elect and the fourth president of Rwanda in the political history of Rwanda.

As part of his growth in politics, he served as a vice president and a prime Minister of Defense between the years, 1994 and 2000 in Rwanda.

President Kagame has been noted as the “most inspiring “and one of the “most authoritarian” leaders in Africa.

Despite his despotic personality, he stands for positive things and discipline making the best out of Rwanda.

Today, Rwanda is one of the African countries growing strongly in almost all the dimensions of development.

The president has set his priorities right in terms of developments for his country.

 

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Following a program launched to develop Rwanda as a middle-income country, the country is now seen climbing the success ladder in areas including healthcare,

education, law and order and building close ties with the East African countries, the United States, Asia and France.

Kagame’s foremost plan was to help curb the situation of genocide among the citizens of Rwanda as a leader, which raised a lot of doubt about his decision since, some Rwandan leaders were notoriously known for their killing.

However, Kagame is proving some people wrong. Today, there’s stability among the people of Rwanda, killing acts has stopped with people being treated fairly.

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His style of governance has indeed brought peace in the country, minimized corruption and lifted the banner of Rwanda across the African continent and beyond.

Resulting in great investment plans in the areas of trade and banking, the industrialized countries have given the less industrialized ones including Rwanda to link up and benefit from their manufactured goods.

His government has also invested in private sectors and in technology. Today, Rwanda is one of the must visit African beautiful countries.

 

H.E Paul Kagame the president of Rwanda is a year older today. Join us in wishing him an amazing day! He’s currently the 

4th President of Rwanda.

 

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President Paul Kagame is the tallest president in Africa. He is married to Jeannette Kagame and are blessed with 4 children.

Ange Kagame, Brian Kagame, Ian Kagame and Ivan Cyomoro Kagame.

 

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Congrats!! RWANDA’S FIRST DAUGHTER TIES THE KNOT WITH HER PRINCE CHARMING

Ange Ingabire Kagame (25), the only daughter of the President of Rwanda Paul Kagame, is one of the most influential young women in her country and Africa.

That’s why; all eyes were on her wedding that was held last Saturday. Kagame married to the Rwandan architect Bertrand Ndengeyingoma (26) in a private wedding ceremony in Kigali.

The wedding was held at Kigali Convention Centre and Raddison Blu Hotel in Kigali. The guest list consisted of family members and close friends.

Photos from the wedding have recently been published and are trending on social media at the moment.

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The bride and the groom have many pictures while walking down the aisle. They were accompanied by Paul Kagame and his wife, who were both proud and emotional.

Ange initially introduced Ndengeyingoma to her family in 2017 December. In 2018, a traditional religious wedding ceremony, Gusaba  was organized for the couple.

The very exclusive ceremony took place in the President’s home in a remote location in Ntebe.

 

Rumors were claiming that Paul Kagame initially did not approve the relationship and even refused to set an official wedding date; however, these claims were never proven right.

Ange Kagame, who has a smile from ear to ear in the wedding pictures, tweeted shortly after the wedding:

“I have found the one whom my soul loves- Songs of Solomon 3:4”.

Judging from their academic and professional lives, it is safe to say that they are intellectually a perfect match.

Born in Brussels/ Belgium in September 1993, Ange Kagame spent her childhood in Europe and the US to complete her education at top schools.

She also attended high school at Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

she completed her undergraduate degree at Smith College – a private liberal arts college where the undergraduate programs are only open to women.

In addition, she studied Political Science and African Studies. For her master’s degree, she studied International Affairs at Columbia University.

Ever since her graduation, she has been organizing campaigns across Africa to provide solutions for poverty and illness while also raising awareness for women’s empowerment and the importance of education.

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In 2015, she organized visits to textile factories in Rwanda to meet the female manufacturers and inform them about their rights at the workplace as well as future career plans.

In 2014, Ange Kagame made a public appearance at the White House with her father.

They were the guests of former President Barack Obama, who was hosting the United States – Africa Leaders Summit to discuss issues related to investment and security in Africa.

 

Bertrand Ndengeyingoma

Bertrand Ndengeyingoma is just as qualified as his new wife. His passion for architecture started at the Belgian School of Kigali, where he attended for thirteen years.

After that, he completed his bachelors and master’s degrees at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in architecture.

He is currently doing his Ph.D. at the London School of Economics while simultaneously working with the Bank of Rwanda.

We wish the happy couple an a HUGE Congratulations🎊🎊. The most beautiful Tallest couple in Africa

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Tech News Of the Month: Mara Group

The multi-sector business company Mara Group has been very productive throughout Africa ever since the foundation in 1996 by the businessman Ashish J. Thakkar.

The sectors of the company include technology, finances, manufacturing and real estate.

Recently, the word Maraphone has been mentioned by the group. Maraphone – as the name suggests – is the latest project of Mara Group.

The project will involve construction and operation of cellphone factories in Rwanda and South Africa. The process will be financially supported by African Development Bank.

The first announcement was made by the KZN Ministry of Economic Development and Tourism Sihle Zikahala, with whom the Mara Group signed a lease during a summit organised by the South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.

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Zikahala stated that the company invested R1.5 billion for the smartphone factory to be opened at Dube Tradeport Special Economic Zone.

This will mark the first-ever smartphone factory in Africa, making Maraphone the first brand made in Africa.

Mara Group founder- CEO Ashish Thakkar has high hopes about the project. He believes that the project will prove how African countries can produce smartphones that can compete with the world-renowned smartphone brands.

And also stated that The CEO of Dube TradePort Hamish Erskine is also glad about the project, saying that it attracted other investments into the area.

Emphasising that the positive impact of the new factories on the society since they will create new job opportunities.

The target is to produce smartphones that are affordable to all the citizens with the aim of making the interface as simple as possible for first-time smartphone users.

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The first smartphone currently being manufactures in Durban will be called the Mara X. Here is what we know about it so far:

64-bit Quad Core Processor with 1GB RAM, An Android 8.1 Oreo Operating system, 16 GB integrated storage unit, a 13 MP back camera and a fingerprint sensor.

Similarly, the product has a 5.5” HD Gorilla Glass screen that is damage-resistant. The camera will have filters for portrait and facial shots. The other product is called Mara Z that has similar features. Its screen is bigger with 5.7” and HD display.

The phone is expected to have a novel Android operating system called Android One. The 64-bit Octa-Core Processor will have 3 GB Ram and 32 GB Internal Memory.

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Since April 2019, the construction of the second Maraphone factory in Rwanda has been ongoing under the supervision of Rwanda’s Minister of Information and Communications Paula Ingabire.

According to the Maraphone website, the price for the Mara X will be 177 USD and while Mara Z will cost 254 USD.

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Highlights  From Mercedes – Benz Fashion Week in Kigali, Rwanda last week

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, was last week at Kigali, Rwanda.

The exciting glitz and glam, it is the first time Mercedes Benz Fashion is held in Rwanda. The only other African is Ghana.

Benz Fashion Week in Kigali, Photo Credit: Swag of Africa

Over 13 unique designers from across Africa AND abroad like South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, US, Kenya, Canada, UK, Burundi and more.The Mercedes sponsored a fantastic event.

 

 

The designers are Cynthia Rupari, Quophi Akotuah, Patrick Muhire, Quiteria Kekana, Christabel Kente, George Malelu, Lord Gilles, Thalissa Makeup Studio Rw and more.

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The occasion was a great success, very colourful, cheerful, and a fantastic Night.

 

Kigali Fashion Week, Rwanda, Photos Credit: Swag Of Africa
Kigali Fashion Week, Rwanda, Photos Credit: Swag Of Africa

 

Kigali Fashion Week, Rwanda, Photos Credit: Swag Of Africa

 

Kigali Fashion Week, Rwanda, Photos Credit: Swag Of Africa

 

Our very Swag of Africa was there to capture every moment.

 

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Kigali Fashion Week, Rwanda, Photos Credit: Swag Of Africa
Benz Fashion Week in Kigali, Photo Credit: Swag of Africa

 

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Ghanaian women are the third most beautiful ladies in Africa, according to ranking site Ranker. They were beaten to the top spot by Somalia and Djibouti in that order, suggesting Somalian ladies are the most beautiful on the Continent.

 

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After Ghana are Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Morocco, Kenya, Kenya, Rwanda and Seychelles – all fall within the first 10 African countries ranked according to beauty. At the bottom of the 54-nation beauty ranking is the Central African Republic.

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This suggests women from the CAR are the least beautiful on the Continent. Apart from the CAR, the others at the bottom 10 include: Republic of Congo, 53; Swaziland, 52; Guinea Bissau, 51; Burkina Faso, 50; Equatorial Guinea, 49; Lesotho, 48; Malawi, 47; Chad, 46 and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), 45.

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Voting is done by visitors who click a ‘like’ or ‘dislike’ icon placed right by pictures of national beauty queens of each of country. Miss Ghana 2013, Naa Okailey Shooter’s photo is the picture attached to Ghana’s spot. The more likes clicked by the site’s visitors – based on the picture they see – the higher a country climbs in the ranking.

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Inspirational Stories: Meet Esther Mbabazi, the first Rwanda Female pilot.

 

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Esther Mbabazi wheels her bag towards the airstairs of the Boeing 737 sitting quietly on the tarmac at Kigali International Airport.

 

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Today she’ll be flying from Rwanda’s capital city to Juba in South Sudan. A short hop south with a flying time of around 1 hour and 20 minutes.

 

Esther Mbabazi.

But for Mbabazi, 26, it isn’t about the destination. As Rwanda’s first female pilot, it’s about the journey and her highest priority is to get passengers safely to their terminus.

 

“Growing up I wanted to be a pilot when I was four,” says Mbabazi, who became a pilot for Rwanda’s national airline carrier, RwandAir, at 24.

“I’d never been inside a cockpit but I used to see a plane in the sky and I imagined that thing must be flown by someone.

 

Mbabazi began training with Rwandair in Miami and her exploration of the aviation world began.

 

“My greatest memories are flying to different cities,” she says.

“Being in the sky gives you a whole other view — you get to see what they call a bird’s eye view of everything.”

“Women are out there working, technology has changed, and everyone has the brains to do something, now it’s not about how much bicep or how much energy you have.” Mbabazi

Watch Esther Mbabazi’s amazing story on African Voices 

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