Five Most Elderly African Presidents

Five Most Elderly African Presidents

The ages of some of the Presidents in Africa are beyond the retirement age for workers.

The retirement age in most African countries for the working force is 60 years old.


Some African Presidents are ruling even though they are far older than 60years.

Here are the top five oldest African Presidents:


1. Paul Biya – Cameroon 87years

The 87-year-old has been Cameroonian President since November 6, 1982, till date. Biya is the 7th on the list of the top 10 oldest Presidents in the world.

2. Manuel Pinto da Costa – São Tomé and Príncipe 83 years

Manuel Pinto da Costa served as the first President in São Tomé and príncipe from 1975 to 1991.The Santoméan Economist was also re-lected President in August 2011.


3. Alpha Conde – Guinea 82 years

Conde was elected President of Guinea in 2010 after two unsuccessful attempts in 1993 and 1998. His assumption of the office was historic since he become the first freely elected president in the country’s history and one of the oldest African Presidents.
He is seeking a third term in the October presidential poll.

4. Alassane Ouattara – Ivory Coast 78 years

Alassane Ouattara has been President of Côte d’lvoire since 2011.Before then, he served as the Prime Minister from November 1990 to December 1993. Alassane become the President of the Rally of the Republicans(RDR), an Ivorian political party in 1999. He won the 2010 election and has governed since then.

He will contest for another term in the upcoming October election following the sudden death of Amadou Gon Coulibaly whom he had hand-picked as successor and presidential candidate.

5. Muhammad Buhari – Nigeria 77 years

President Buhari previously served as Head of State from December 1983 to August 1985 after he took power in a military coup d’état. He was elected President in 2015 after three unsuccessful bids in 2003,2007 and 2011. He was re-elected in 2019 and will hand over on May 29, 2023.

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