Ruto set to become Africa's fifth youngest president

Top 5 youngest Presidents in Africa

1. Abiy Ahmed (Ethiopia, 46yrs)

President Andry Rajoelina of Madagascar. [AP Photo]
  • Has been the President of Madagascar since 2019.
  • Born on May 30, 1974
  • Served as President of a transitional administration until 2014 after the 2009 coup
  • Was mayor of Antananarivo, Madagascar's capital, for one year

3. Evariste Ndayishimiye (Burundi, 53 yrs)

Mswati III of Eswatini. [File]
  • Has been King of Swaziland since he took the throne from his father, Sobhuza II.
  • Born April 19,1968
  • He is the head of the Swazi Royal Family.
  • Was crowned King on April 25, 1986.
  • Co-rules the nation as an absolute king alongside his mother, Ntombi Tfwala
  • He is a polygamist with 15 wives

5. William Ruto (Kenya, 55 yrs)

President George Weah of Liberia. [File]

  • Was a former professional footballer
  • Born October 1, 1966
  • Won 2017 election after defeating Vice President Joseph Boaka.
  • First ex-pro footballer from an African nation to be president.

7. Faure Gnassingbe (Togo, 56 yrs)

President Paul Biya of Cameroon. [AP Photo]
  • Has been the President of Cameroon since November 6, 1982.
  • Born February 13, 1933, he is the oldest president in Africa.
  • At 39 years and 6 months in power, he is the second-longest ruling president in Africa after Teodoro Obiang of Equatorial Guinea (over 40 years)
  • He is 7th on the list of top 10 oldest presidents in the world.

2. Hage Gottfried Geingob (Namibia, 81 yrs)

President Alassane Ouattara of Ivory Coast. [AP Photo]
  • Has been the President of Ivory Coast since 2010
  • Born January 1, 1942
  • Ouattara defeated incumbent Laurent Gbagbo
  • Was sworn in for his third term on December 14, 2020

4.Teodoro Nguema Mbasogo (Equitorial Guinea, 79 yrs)

President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe. [File]
  • Serving as the third President of Zimbabwe since November 2017
  • Longtime ally of his predecessor Robert Mugabe
  • Senior member of the ruling ZANU-PF party
  • Served as First Vice President of Zimbabwe from 2014 until his dismissal in 2017

Compiled by Standard Checkpoint