Mamady Doumbouya (1980- )

On October 1, 2021, Mamady Doumbouya was sworn in as the interim president of Guinea. This was after the former president, Alpha Conde, was overthrown in a coup orchestrated by Doumbouya on September 5, 2021. Mamady Doumbouya was born in Kankan, Guinea on March 4, … Read MoreMamady Doumbouya (1980- )

Moktar Ould Daddah (1924-2003)

Moktar Ould Daddah was the first President of independent Mauritania. He was born on December 25, 1924, at Boutilimit, Mauritania, French West Africa. His parents were Muhammadun Ould Daddah and Khadijattou Mahmoul Brahim. He was descended from a family of Muslim religious scholars and political … Read MoreMoktar Ould Daddah (1924-2003)

Dawda Kairaba Jawara (1924-2019)

Dawda (David) Jawara was the first Head of State of independent Gambia. He was born on May 16, 1924, at Barajally, MacCarthy Island, The Gambia (then a colony of Great Britain). His parents were Mamma Fatty and Almami Jawara, a prominent trader in the colony. … Read MoreDawda Kairaba Jawara (1924-2019)

Hubert Maga (1916-2000)

Hubert Maga was the first president of Dahomey (Benin). He was born on August 10, 1916 in Parakou a city in northern Dahomey then a French colony and attended local primary schools in Parakou. He later attended the prestigious school Normale William Ponty in Dakar, … Read MoreHubert Maga (1916-2000)

Hamani Diori (1916-1989)

Hamani Diori was the first President of Niger. He was born June 6, 1916, in Soudoure, Niger, French West Africa. His father was a public health officer. After attending local schools, he went to the William Ponty Teacher Training College in Dakar, Senegal. After completing … Read MoreHamani Diori (1916-1989)

Patrice Talon (1958- )

Patrice Talon was elected President of Benin (formerly known as Dahomey) in 2016 and re-elected for a second term in 2021. Patrice Guillaume Athanase Talon was born on May 1, 1968, in Ouidah, Atlantique Department, Benin. His father was from Ouidah and his mother was … Read MorePatrice Talon (1958- )