Some Africans have always wondered why they were sent here. We will not be answering that question today, or even ever.
In this article, we will be talking about African countries and capitals, their currencies, their presidents and GDP. We will also talk about what makes Africa, Africa.
Introduction (The Facts about Africa)
Africa is the second largest continent in the world by land mass, covering about 30.3 million km2 (11.7 million square miles) [Just know its really big]. Africa alone makes up about 20% of the earths land mass and 6% of its total population.
It’s also the 2nd most populous continent on earth, only second to Asia (And that’s because China is in Asia). Africa has a population of 1.216 billion people in 2020, with Nigeria making up about 200 million of those people and coming in as the most populous black nation.
Fact: Did you know that Lagos is the biggest city in Africa?
Fact: Africa has the youngest average population in the world.
Fact: 16% of the human population come from Africa.AtlanticRide
Fact: Despite the abundance of resources in Africa, Africa is still the poorest continent on earth in terms of per capital income. (Most of which is blamed on colonization by the Europeanss)
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Why is Africa poor
Now that’s an interesting question. The worlds richest continent in terms of natural resources turns out to have the lowest per capital income?
The answer is not so easy, but it can easily be attributed to poor leadership across the continent. Africa’s history also paints a gruesome picture, riddled with slave trade and colonization.
Will Africa be great again?
This is a strong yes. Africa has one of the fastest growing cities in the world. Lagos for example is rated amongst one of the largest and fasted growing cities in the world.
Africa will be great again, its just going to take time.
Lets now get into the business of the day, the list of African countries and capitals, presidents and GDP
List of African countries and capitals, their currencies, and GDP
|Countries||Capitals||Currencies||Currency||Rank||GDP in Billions ($)|
|Burkina Faso||Ouagadougou||CFA franc||XOF||25||14.882|
|Cabo Verde||Praia||CFA franc||XAF||14||39.219|
|Cameroon||Yaounde||Cape Verdean escudo||CVE||49||2.042|
|Central African Republic||Bangui||CFA franc||XAF||48||2.285|
|Democratic Republic of the Congo||Kinshasa||CFA franc||XAF||11||48.458|
|Republic of the Congo||Brazzaville||Congolese franc||CDF||33||11.162|
|Cote d’Ivoire||Yamoussoukro||CFA franc||XOF||12||45.252|
|Djibouti||Djibouti (city)||Djiboutian franc||DJF||47||2.392|
|Equatorial Guinea||Malabo (de jure),|
Oyala (seat of government)
Lobamba (legislative, royal)
|Ethiopia||Addis Ababa||Ethiopian birr||ETB||8||90.968|
|Mauritius||Port Louis||Mauritian rupee||MUR||5||121.350|
|Sao Tome and Principe||São Tomé||São Tomé and Príncipe dobra||STD||18||25.32|
|Sierra Leone||Freetown||Sierra Leonean leone||SLL||36||7.903|
|South Africa||Pretoria (administrative),|
Cape Town (legislative),
|South African rand||ZAR||45||3.151|
|South Sudan||Juba||South Sudanese pound||SSP||17||31.468|
Complete List of current Presidents of African nations [African countries and capitals]
The current president of Algeria is Abdelmadjid Tebboune. He won the 2019 presidential election on the 12th of December and assumed office on 19 December 2019.
João Lourenço is the current president of Angola and has been in office since 26 September 2017
Patrice Talon is the 8th president of Benin Republic and the current president. He assumed office on the 6th of April 2016
Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi is the fifth and current President of Botswana. He has been in office since 2018.
- Burkina Faso:
The Patriotic Movement for Safeguard and Restoration has been the ruling military junta of Burkina Faso since the January 2022 Burkina Faso coup d’état.
Originally it was led by Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, but he was overthrown by dissatisfied junta members during the September 2022 Burkina Faso coup d’état. In his place, Capt. Ibrahim Traoré was installed as the leading figure. By November 2022, aside from Traoré, no other MPSR members were known to the public.
The current president of Burundi is Évariste Ndayishimiye, and Evariste took office on 18 June 2020 succeeding Pierre Nkurunziza, who had been in office since 26 August 2005.
- Cape Verde:
The current president of Cape Verde is José Maria Neves and has been in office since 9 September 2021.
The current President of Cameroon is Paul Biya and this guy has been in office since 6 November 1982. A whopping 41 years as of 2023 and counting.
- Central African Republic (CAR):
The current President of the Central African Republic (CAR) is Faustin-Archange Touadéra and has been in office since 30 March 2016.
General Mahamat Déby the current President of Chad and has been in office since 2021.
The current president of Comoros is Azali Assoumani. He has held office since 2016. Before then, he was President from 1999 to 2002 and again from 2002 to 2006. He emerged the president of Comoros on 30 April 1999 after leading a coup to depose acting president Tadjidine Ben Said Massounde. On 15 May 2016 he was declared by the Constitutional Court to have won the 2016 presidential election to succeed President Ikililou Dhoinine.
- Republic of the Congo
The current President of Republic of Congo is Denis Sassou Nguesso. He has been in office since January 1997 till present. The Republic of Congo also has a Prime Minister by the name Anatole Collinet Makosso (January 2021 –present)
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
The current President of Republic of Congo is Felix Tshisekedi. He has been in office since January 2019–present. The Republic of Congo also has a Prime Minister by the name Sama Lukonde (January 2021 –present)
The current President of Djibouti is Ismaïl Omar Guelleh, He has been president of Djibouti since 1999.
The current President of Egypt is Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, he has been President of Egypt since 2014.
- Equatorial Guinea
The current President of Equatorial Guinea is Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, and he has been President of Equatorial Guinea since 1979.
The current President of Eritrea is Isaias Afwerki. He has been President of Eritrea since 1991.
The current Monarch of Eswatini is Mswati III, he has been King of Eswatini from 1986–present while the Prime Minister is Cleopas Dlamini since 2021.
The current President of Ethiopia is Sahle-Work Zewde since 2018.
The current President is Ali Bongo Ondimba since 2009.
Ali Bongo Ondimba, also referred to as Ali Bongo, was born as Alain Bernard Bongo on 9 February 1959. He is a Gabonese statesman currently serving as the third and incumbent president of Gabon, a position he assumed in October 2009. Ali Bongo is the son of Omar Bongo, who held the presidency of Gabon from 1967 until his passing in 2009.
- The Gambia
The current President is Adama Barrow, since 2017
The current President of Ghana is Nana Akufo-Addosince 2017
The current President is Mamady Doumbouya, and has been President of Guinea 2021.
The current President is Umaro Sissoco Embaló and has been in office since 2020.
- Ivory Coast
The current president of Ivory coast is Alassane Ouattara, President of the Ivory Coast since 2010.
The current president of of Kenya is William Ruto. William Ruto, who was inaugurated on 13 September 2022 is the current president.
Lesotho has a Monarch. His name is Letsie III, he is the King of Lesotho and has been in power since 1996. However, the prime minister is Sam Matekane (2022-present)
The current president of Liberia is George Weah and he came into power in 2018. Prior to his election to the presidency, Weah served as Senator from Montserrado County.
Libya is a complicated one. The Head of State is Mohamed al-Menfi (15 March 2021 – present). He is the Chairman of the presidential council of the State of Libya.
The current president of Madagascar is Andry Rajoelina, since 2019 with a Prime Minister: Christian Ntsay (2018–present)
The current president of Malawi is Lazarus Chakwera. He has served as President of Malawi since June 2020. He also serves as Minister of Defence per Malawian constitution.
The current president of Mali is Assimi Goïta. Goïta took power from Bah Ndaw after the 2021 Malian coup d’état and has since been declared interim president of Mali.
The current president of Mauritania is Mohamed Ould Ghazouani, since 2019.
The current president of Mauritius is Pritvirajsing Roopun and has been in office since 2019. The Prime Minister is Pravind Jugnauth.
The current leader of Morocco is Mohammed VI, King of Morocco since 1999 while the Prime Minister is Aziz Akhannouch as the Head of Government of Morocco since 2021.
The current president of Mozambique is Filipe Nyusi. President of Mozambique since 2015 alongside Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosário (2015–present).
The current president of Namibia is Hage Geingob. President of Namibia since 2015 and the Prime Minister is Saara Kuugongelwa (2015–present)
The current president of Nigeria is Bola Tinubu (May 2023 – present).
The current president of Rwanda is Paul Kagami (2000–present). While the Prime Minister is Édouard Ngirente (2017–present).
- São Tomé and Príncipe
The current president of São Tomé and Príncipe is Carlos Manuel Vila Nova (2021 – present) and Prime Minister is Jorge Bom Jesus (2018–present)
The current president of Senegal is Macky Sall, (2012–present)
The current president of Seychelles is Wavel Ramkalawan, and has been in office since 26 October 2020.
- Sierra Leone
The current prime minister of Sierra Leone is Hamza Abdi Barre (2022–present) and Chief Minister – Chief Minister Mr. Jacob Jusu Saffa.
- South Africa
The current president of South Africa is Cyril Ramaphosa, and ascended office is 2018.
- South Sudan
The current president is Salva Kiir Mayardir. He has been President of South Sudan since its independence in 2011.
The current head of state of Sudan is occupied by The Transitional Sovereignty Council. The Leader of the Sovereignty Council is Abdel Fattah al-Burhan (2019–present)
The current president is Samia Suluhu, (2021–present). She is the first female president of Tanzania. She took over after the president died.
The current president is Faure Gnassingbé (2005–present)
The current president is Kais Saied (2019–present)
The current president is Yoweri Museveni (1986–present). He is a retired military officer who has been the 9th and current President of Uganda since 26 January 1986
The current president is Hakainde Hichilema. Assumed office on 24 August 2021
The current president is Emmerson Mnangagwa (2017–present).