7 coolest dressed African presidents of all time

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7 coolest dressed African presidents of all time

When we look at the variety of presidents that have spanned the African continent since the early days of independence in the 1950’s, we can confidently say that some of them rocked it when it came to fashion.

1. Jean Bedel Bokassa

This despot ruled The Central African Republic for over 10 years by coming into rule via a military coup. Although he did bring some positive changes to the country like banning genital mutilation and building a more robust public transport system, his ego ultimately hindered any real progress in the C.A.R. The photo below shows him at his presidential inauguration in 1966 lavishly adorned in gold, sitting on a gold throne, wearing a gold crown, with a gold eagle in the backdrop. This whole ceremony cost the state over $400 million!

7 coolest dressed African presidents of all time - ENTERTAINMENT FASHION

2. Haile Selassie

The kings of kings, Jah Rastafari, and Emperor of Ethiopia, there is no doubting that the forefather of Rastafari had style. Below is a picture of him with his lion cubs at his palace in Addis Ababa.

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7 coolest dressed African presidents of all time - ENTERTAINMENT FASHION

3. Hastings Banda

This suave southern African ruled Malawi for over 30 years, but during that time always made sure he looked sharp.

7 coolest dressed African presidents of all time - ENTERTAINMENT FASHION

4. Jerry Rawlings

This flight lieutenant became president of Ghana via a coup d’tat in 1979, but always stayed looking cool whether it was in military attire or national dress.

7 coolest dressed African presidents of all time - ENTERTAINMENT FASHION

1988, Accra, Ghana — Ghanaian President Jerry Rawlings — Image by © George Steinmetz/Corbis

 

5. Olusegan Obasanjo

Arguably Nigeria’s most successful president, he served two terms in office, and in that time bolstered sustained growth in Nigeria’s economy via large-scale reform in both industry and education.

7 coolest dressed African presidents of all time - ENTERTAINMENT FASHION

6. Nelson Mandela

One of the most influential figures of the 20th century, period. His flamboyant shirts only enhanced his global popularity even more.

7 coolest dressed African presidents of all time - ENTERTAINMENT FASHION

7. Goodluck Jonathan

Perhaps not the most popular Nigerian president to have been in office, but certainly one of the coolest dressers around.

7 coolest dressed African presidents of all time - ENTERTAINMENT FASHION

DAVOS/SWITZERLAND, 23JAN13 – Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, President of Nigeria speaks during the televised session ‘De-risking Africa – Achieving Inclusive Prosperity’ at the Annual Meeting 2013 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 23, 2013.
Copyright by World Economic Forum
swiss-image.ch/Photo Remy Steinegger

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