12:01 am
24 October 2016

Five African Presidents Whose Fathers Were Presidents

These are the five African presidents whose fathers were presidents. The concept of political dynasties is often perceived as problematic within Africa, even though dynasty is not an anomaly in other parts of the world. The United States, for example, has had two father-son presidents in its history. The first were John Adams and his son, John Quincy Adams, who were the 2nd and 6th Presidents of the U.S. respectively while the second set were George H. W. Bush, who was the 41st President for 1 term, and his son George W. Bush, who was the 43rd President for 2 terms. Asia is the only continent where we have seen an instance of father-daughter presidential legacy such as the daughter of Mahatma Ghandi, Indira Ghandi and the daughter of former South Korean President Park Chung-hee, President Pak Geu-hye.

With this perspective in mind, here are five current African Presidents, whose fathers have also been president and how they differ from their fathers.

President of Botswana

Ian Khama, the current President of Botswana, is the son of Sir Seretse Khama, The country’s first post-independence leader. Ian was born on the 27th of February 1953 during his parents’ exile in England. He took over as President in April 2008 and secured a five-year term in the 2009 parliamentary election. He also contested and won the election which took place in 2014.


According to the BBC, critics describe him as an authoritarian while supporters say he is decisive and efficient. Ian has been advised to act like his father, Sir Seretse Khama’s who was a statesman and played a vital role in the liberation of the Southern African region rather than give way to whims that harm his relationship with fellow African leaders.