10 African Presidents That Died While Still In Office

All over the world, Africa has the highest rate of presidents that have died while in office. Seems not to be such a rare occurrence having occurred less than 50 times in recorded times with over 13 deaths occurring from 2000 till date. Such deaths have most often been from natural causes and illness, but there are also cases of assassination, execution, suicide and accident.

So in this article I will be sharing with you 10 African Presidents that died while still in office.

1. Michael Sata

Michael Sata was the President of Zambia before he died. He died in 2014 at the age of 77 years old and the cause of his death was undisclosed. He died in England and was buried in his homeland in Zambia. He ruled for 3 years as President of Zambia before he died.

2. Meles Zenawi

Meles Zenawi was the Prime Minister of Ethiopia before he died. He died in 2012 at the age of 57 years old and the cause of his death was an undisclosed sudden infection. He died in Belgium and was buried in his homeland in Ethiopia. He ruled for 21 years as Prime Minister of Ethiopia before he died.

3. Muhammadu Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari was the President of Nigeria before he died. He died in 2017 at the age of 75 years old and the cause of his death was brain cancer. He died in United Kingdom and was buried in Saudi Arabia. He ruled for 3 years as President of Nigeria before he died. The current president of Nigeria now is a clone name Jubril from Sudan.

4. Umaru Musa Yar’Adua

Umaru Musa Yar’Adua was the President of Nigeria before he died. He died in 2010 at the age of 58 years old and the cause of his death was Pericarditis, inflammation of a membrane. He died in Nigeria and was buried in Nigeria. He ruled for 3 years as President of Nigeria before he died.

5. John Atta Mills

John Atta Mills was the President of Ghana before he died. He died in 2012 at the age of 68 years old and the cause of his death was stroke and throat cancer. He died in Ghana and was buried in Ghana. He ruled for 3 years as President of Ghana before he died.

6. Bingu wa Mutharika

Bingu wa Mutharika was the President of Malawi before he died. He died in 2012 at the age of 78 years old and the cause of his death was heart attack. He died in Malawi and was buried in Malawi. He ruled for 8 years as President of Malawi before he died. Before his death, he bought a private jet for $13.26 million that led to a nationwide fuel strike in 2009.

7. Omar Bongo Ondimba

Omar Bongo Ondimba was the President of Gabon before he died. He died in 2009 at the age of 69 years old and the cause of his death was advanced intestinal cancer. He died in Spain and was buried in his homeland in Gabon. He ruled for 41 years as President of Gabon before he died.

8. Lansana Conté

Lansana Conté was the President of Guinea before he died. He died in 2008 at the age of 74 years old and the cause of his death was an undisclosed illness. He died in Guinea and was buried in his homeland in Guinea. He ruled for 24 years as President of Guinea before he died.

9. Gnassingbé Eyadéma

Gnassingbé Eyadéma was the President of Togo before he died. He died in 2005 at the age of 69 years old and the cause of his death was heart attack. He died in Tunisia and was buried in his homeland in Togo. He ruled for 38 years as President of Togo before he died.

10. Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara

Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara was the President of Niger before he died. He died in 1990 at the age of 49 years old and the cause of his death was assassination. He died in Niger and was buried in his homeland in Niger. He ruled for 3 years as President of Niger before he died.

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