It is hard to think of a leader from Africa who has been more educated than Robert Mugabe. He studied at the University of Fort Hare in South Africa and then went on to get a law degree from Liverpool University in England.
Mugabe was also a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University in England, where he took courses in economics, sociology and politics. In 1981, Mugabe became the first black African to be elected as prime minister of his country Zimbabwe after independence from Britain in 1980. He remains president today after winning elections several times since then.
The most educated president in the world is from Africa, Robert Mugabe. He has a PhD in economics and has written books on the subject. He was also the first president of Zimbabwe to complete his doctorate after he completed a PhD at the University of London.
Mugabe is a staunch socialist and promotes Marxist teachings through his government which is why he has been called ‘The White Devil’ by some people in the west.
He has held various positions within Zimbabwe including Minister of Education, Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Deputy Prime Minister and President. Mugabe’s most famous quote is: “We will fight to win; we will fight to finish; we will fight to build; we will fight until our last breath.”
During World War II, he served in the British Army as a corporal and then as an intelligence officer. After leaving the army, he attended Fort Hare University where he studied politics and economics. In 1952, he became an instructor at Canaan Park College for African students studying in South Africa.
Mugabe is well known for his forceful personality and has been described as “one of the most divisive figures in Africa”. His rule over Zimbabwe came to an end in 2017 when he was forced out after being accused of human rights abuses, election rigging, repression and gross violations of international law.