Thursday, May 27, 2010

Leadership: First World Vs Third World

Somebody on the Media Institute of Southern Africa - Malawi Chapter - forum, where I am a member, circulated this:

Hosni Mubarak ( Egypt ) age 82
Robert Mugabe ( Zimbabwe ) age 86
Hifikepunye Pohamba ( Namibia ) age 74
Rupiah Banda ( Zambia ) age 73
Mwai Kibaki ( Kenya ) age 71
Colonel Gaddafi ( Libya ) age 68
Jacob Zuma ( South Africa ) age 68
Bingu wa Mutharika ( Malawi ) age 76
Average: 74.7

Barrack Obama (USA) age 48
David Cameron (UK) age 43
Dimitri Medvedev ( Russia ) age 45
Stephen Harper ( Canada ) age 51
Kevin Rudd ( Australia ) age 53
Nicolas Sarkozy ( France ) age 55
Luis Zapatero ( Spain ) age 49
Jose Socrates ( Portugal ) age 53
Average: 49.6

Oh, God, why does Africa never give a chance to the younger blood?
What has not been said, besides age, is how long most of these African leaders have been in office. And how many have stayed in office with the genuine blessing of their people.
God bless Africa.

1 comment:

James R MacLean said...

The list is selective.

Andry Rajoelina, Madagascar (age 36)
Guillaume Soro, Côte d'Ivoire (age 38)
Joseph Kabila, Congo-Kinshasa (age 38)

Or consider:

Sellapan Ramanathan, Pres. of Singapore (age 85)

Also, it's worth noting that the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, etc. have been powerful, rich nations for at least a century each. The median age of US Presidents at inauguration is about 55 years.

Not certain what the comparable figure is for UK prime ministers, but ages on accession are about the same as US presidents.