Who Says Women Can’t Continue To Emerge As Presidents In African Countries?

Africa is undoubtedly one of the continents in the world where males have been considered to be better than females and as a result of this, male chauvinism has become its norm.

In fact, a lot of researches have shown that it is an abomination in some African cultures and traditions to allow women to take leading roles in any activities whatsoever because they are regarded as the weaker sex.

Women are even identified to be unclean in some religious circles within Africa, and therefore, they have to pass through some cleansing processes before they could be allowed to come to take part in some religious activities that concern men or even be prevented absolutely from the activities.

It is very glaring that it is absolutely rare to see women becoming the Presidents in Africa even though they always aspire towards the seats as they are always getting involved in the political activities due to the civilization that has changed the political paradigm around the world.

However, the million-dollar question is, does it mean that women are now getting relevant in leadership across the world? Considering the positions given to them in World Trade Organisation and Tanzania

Who says Females can’t continue to emerge as Presidents or be politically involved in Africa? Well, Suluhu Hassan, Tanzania’s new president, has again changed that narrative.

She was sworn in as Tanzania’s first female president following the death of John Magufuli at the State House in Dar es Salaam on Friday, Making history as the first woman to hold the top job in the East African country.

The inauguration of the 61-year-old’ Zanzibar native came two days after she announced the passing of President John Magufuli.

Prior to his death, Magufuli had not been seen in public for over two weeks, prompting speculation that he may have been suffering from COVID-19, which he had repeatedly denied was a problem in Tanzania. The government has blamed Magufuli’s death on heart problems.

Suluhu is the third female head of government of an East African Community (EAC) country, after Sylvie Kinigi in Burundi and Agathe Uwilingiyimana in Rwanda.

Suluhu served as a minister in the semi-autonomous region during the administration of President Amani Karume. She served as the Member of Parliament for the Makunduchi constituency from 2010 to 2015 and was the Minister of State in the Vice-President’s Office for Union Affairs from 2010 to 2015. In 2014, she was elected as the Vice-Chairperson of the Constituent Assembly tasked with the drafting of the country’s new constitution.

Suluhu became Tanzania’s first female vice-president following the 2015 general election after being elected on the CCM ticket with President Magufuli. Suluhu and Magufuli were re-elected to a second term in 2020.

Although she is not the first female president recorded in Africa, but she has strongly followed the footstep of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian’s 24th president from 2006 to 2018, and the first female President in Africa.


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