Happy New Week Queens! The world is tuned in as California Senator Kamala Harris announced that she will be running for President of the United States of America in 2020. Harris is on her way to becoming the first African-American President of the U.S. and supporters are getting ready.
Here are 9 African women who have held the powerful position.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf - Liberia
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is a Liberian politician who served as the 24th President of Liberia from 2006 to 2018. Sirleaf was the first elected female head of state in Africa.
Joyce Banda - Malawi
Joyce Hilda Banda is a Malawian politician who was the President of Malawi from 7 April 2012 to 31 May 2014. She is the founder and leader of the People's Party, created in 2011.
Sylvie Kinigi - Burundi
Sylvie Kinigi was Prime Minister of Burundi from 10 July 1993 to 7 February 1994, and acting President from 27 October 1993 to 5 February 1994
Agnès Monique Ohsan Bellepeau - Mauritius
Agnès Monique Ohsan Bellepeau GOSK is a Mauritian politician and was Vice President of Mauritius from 2010 until 2016. She was acting President of Mauritius from 31 March 2012 to 21 July 2012 when Sir Anerood Jugnauth resigned up to the inauguration of Kailash Purryag to the office.
Rose Francine Rogombé - Gabon
Rose Francine Rogombé was a Gabonese politician who was Acting President of Gabon from June 2009 to October 2009, following the death of long-time President Omar Bongo. She constitutionally succeeded Bongo due to her role as President of the Senate, a post to which she was elected in February 2009.
Catherine Samba-Panza - Central African Republic
Catherine Samba-Panza was interim President of the Central African Republic from 2014 to 2016. She was the first woman to hold the post of head of state in that country. Prior to becoming head of state, she was Mayor of Bangui from 2013 to 2014.
Ivy Florence Matsepe-Casaburri - South Africa
Dr. Ivy Florence Matsepe-Casaburri was a South African politician. She was the second Premier of the Free State and South Africa's Minister of Communications from 1999 until her death in 2009. She held the position of Head of State for 14 hours in 2008.
Jewel Taylor - Liberia
Jewel Cianeh Howard Taylor is a Liberian politician and the current Vice President of Liberia. She was married to President Charles Taylor and was First Lady of Liberia during his presidency. In 2005, Taylor was elected to the Senate of Liberia in Bong County as a member of the National Patriotic Party.
Sahle-Work Zewde - Ethiopia
Sahle-Work Zewde is an Ethiopian politician and diplomat who is the current President of Ethiopia, the first woman to hold the office. A diplomat, she was elected president unanimously by members of the Federal Parliamentary Assembly on 25 October 2018.