Presidents Making Africans Proud with good leadership

A good President  is reflected in the country’s overall performance in terms of national growth and development. A strong vision for the country’s future, effective communication skills, the bravery to make unpopular decisions, character and integrity, crisis management abilities, wise appointments, and the ability to work with both his cabinet and the opposition.

These rankings are based on the UN’s Human Development Index, Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index, integrity, and anti-corruption indicators, as well as national policy choices, a robust infrastructure, a strong educational system,  political stability, and comprehensive health and social services.

Critics have frequently criticized African presidents and condemned their leadership for contributing to the continent’s problems. Despite the fact that some African leaders’ actions are despicable. However there are a few African leaders who have led by example and are deserving of recognition. These presidents are not flawless, but they are ranked according to their policies and accomplishments in the areas of economic stability, education and infrastructure development while in office.

Top 5 Best African Presidents in Performance

5. President of Zambia – Hakainde Hichilema

He won the 2021 presidential election with over 59 percent of the vote after running in five prior elections. Hichilema was a notable opponent of Edgar Lungu, the President of Zambia from 2015 to 2021, before his election.

 Hichilema was arrested and charged with treason on April 11, 2017, in what many saw as an unlawful maneuver by Lungu to silence a political opponent. The arrest and charge were widely criticized, with protests taking place both in Zambia and overseas, calling for Hichilema’s release and condemning Lungu’s regime’s increasing authoritarianism. On August 16, 2017, Hichilema was released from prison and the allegation of treason was dropped.

President Hakainde Hichilema inherited a country in debt and on the verge of collapse, Hichilema completed his first 100 days in office on December 2, 2021. The first 100 days of a president’s term are significant, but they do not guarantee that the rest of the term will be successful. However, a president’s first 100 days offer an opportunity to lay out his or her legislative and economic program, as well as show how different or similar his or her presidency will be.

Hichilema has been in power for less than a year. Many critics believed that his reform agenda would be impossible to carry out after inheriting an empty treasury. Instead, by adopting a zero-tolerance stance to corruption and a fresh set of reforms, he has made significant progress toward the development objective.

Zambia now has Human Development Index of 58, according to the World Population Review. Furthermore, according to the Global Peace Index, they are Africa’s fifth safest country. In 2022, the Zambian Economic Outlook predicts a 2.0 percent growth. After a 1.2 percent decrease in 2020. There has been a recent decrease in the rate of inflation. This is a sign that Hichilema is working extra hours.

4. President of Ghana – Nana Addo Akufo-Addo, 

President Nana Addo Akufo has been in office since January 7, 2017, and was re-elected in 2020 for a second term that will finish on January 6, 2025. After conducting a poll, Leaders of Tomorrow, a Canadian-based research organization, selected  President Nana Akufo Africa’s best president in 2019.

A similar study by the World Vision Forum, a think tank based in the United States, ranked the Ghanaian president first in Africa and third in the world for presidents with vision.

President Nana Addo Akufo and his government were successful in lowering inflation from 15.4% in 2016 to 10.4% in 2021. He implemented the “One District, One Factory” program. Over 76 companies were operating under 1D1F in just four years. During his presidency, More than 550,000 public sector employees have been hired. Nurses, doctors, and other healthcare workers, as well as teachers, police officers, and others, have been recruited in the public sector following a long period of layoffs under the previous administration.

Ghana’s Gross International Reserves increased from $6.1 billion (3.5 months of imports) in 2016 to $8.6 billion in 2020. (4.1 months of imports). Ghana’s food output has increased thanks to the Planting for Food and Jobs program. which  resulted in a 71 percent rise in maize production and a 34 percent increase in paddy rice production across the country.

President Nana Addo established a cocoa farmer pension system. This is the first scheme of its kind since the country’s independence. 

He also established the Tree Crop Development Authority with a mandate of focusing on the development of tree crops and the consequential benefits which can accrue to Ghana. Examples of tree crops are  Mango, Cashew, Rubber, Oil Palm, Shea, and coconut

The Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) was founded under his watch and has since employed over 100,000 graduates.

3. President Of Rwanda – Paul Kagame.

Some praise President Paul Kagame as a pioneer for women’s rights and environmentalism, while others condemn him for his iron grip on power. His critics accuse Paul Kagame of being a tyrant who rules Rwanda with an iron fist, but he is a popular figure among young Africans. What they like about him is his ability to have things done,”

Look at the kind of country his political party (Rwanda people’s front -RPF) inherited in 1994 following the genocide and compare Rwanda (then) against Rwanda (now) to get a fair assessment of his achievements ( today).

Paul Kagame has accomplished a great deal for Rwanda during his presidency. Unity and reconciliation, safety and security, economic growth, and long-term development are all important factors.

His government has established systems and institutions that do not rely on individuals to function effectively. His cabinet has ensured that Rwanda will thrive long after they are gone.

This is an issue that many people are still unaware of. Rwanda’s institutions were built from scratch, and it took several years to get them up and running. Rwanda began to take off after a solid foundation was created. The years 2010–2017 are an excellent illustration. They were surveying to ensure that no institutions were reliant on a small group of people. This is the major accomplishment of Paul Kagame.

Kagame also sees himself as a pioneer in the fight for gender equality. Women make up over 60% of the country’s legislators.

Rwanda has one of the best and most affordable internet infrastructures in Africa.

Rwanda’s economy has rapidly industrialized as a result of successful government policies. with an economic boom since the early 2000s, which has improved the living standards of many Rwandans. In 2022 Rwanda’s GDP per capita is expected to be around 870.00 USD

However, Human rights organizations have also raised serious allegations against Kagame. According to Human Rights Watch, after Kagame took office, people have been prosecuted for questioning the official government’s account of the genocide. for example   A long list of murders, disappearances, politically motivated arrests, and illegal arrests of critics, opposition members, and journalists is listed by the rights organization.

2. President of Seychelles – Wavel Ramkalawan

Since October 26, 2020, Ramkalawan has served as President of the Republic of Seychelles. From 1993 until 2011, and again from 2016 to 2020, he was a leader of the opposition.   Ramkalawan won the presidential election on October 25, 2020, marking the first victory for an opposition candidate since independence in 1976.

With a score of 70 out of 100 in 2021, compared to 66 in 2020, Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index (CPI) rated Seychelles first in Africa in the fight against corruption. It is presently ranked 23rd out of 180 countries worldwide and first in Africa.

Additionally, with a Human Development Index of 0.796, Seychelles is Africa’s second most developed country, signifying that the country is doing well in areas of Adult Literacy Rate, Life Expectancy to Income Equality, and Mobile Phone Subscriptions. The Ramkalawan-led government has achieved a 14.30 percent annual GDP growth rate and a low unemployment rate.

 1. President of Mauritius – Prithvirajsing Roopun.

Pradeep Singh Roopun is a Mauritian politician who has been the country’s seventh president since 2019.

Roopun served as Minister of Social Integration and Economic Empowerment from December 2014 until January 2017, with a major focus on eradicating severe poverty and empowering vulnerable communities. A Marshall Plan Against Poverty was developed with UNDP funding during his tenure, and a plan giving a subsistence allowance for families living in extreme poverty was implemented.

Mauritius is highly ranked for democracy and for economic and political freedom.  The Human Development Index places Mauritius as the only African country in the “very high” category. 

The country is rated as a high-income economy by the World Bank. under the leadership of President Prithvirajsing Roopun Mauritius is also regarded as having one of the most competitive and most developed economies in Africa.  For students,  senior citizens and the disabled, the government provides free universal healthcare, free education up to the tertiary level, and free public transportation. Mauritius was named the most peaceful African country by the Global Peace Index in 2019. 

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