Thanks to social media politicians can directly communicate with their people, be among them, and grow their popularity. Facebook is currently one of the most popular platforms for politicians, and African presidents seem to be especially popular over there. Here is the list of the 7 most popular African presidents on Facebook – which ones do you follow?
Beji Caid Essebsi
The former president of Tunisia, Beji Caid Essebsi, is known to be a great peacemaker of that region. He became very popular when he decided to start the talks with his archenemies in 2013. Not many people would put aside their feelings to bring peace into their country, and that is precisely why he is so popular in real life, as well as on social media.
Ali Bongo Ondimba
Ali Bongo Ondimba is one of those presidents that seem very grounded and down to earth, even though they rule the whole country. He has many hobbies which he shares with his fans, among which are music and football, so his followers enjoy a good dose of politics as well as entertainment by following him.
The current president of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, is by far one of the most popular African politicians on Facebook. He has more than a million likes and followers on that platform which has earned him the nickname Digital President. He is also one of the most popular ones on Twitter and on both of these platforms you can keep up with his daily life as well as his politics and hear thought-provoking ideas.
Even though this Algerian president resigned in 2019 after serving the country for 20 years, he is still very popular online. This probably comes from the great love that people have for their former president. Bouteflika was responsible for ending a civil war in the 1990s.
Uhuru Kenyatta was the number one most popular African president on Facebook and Twitter, but in 2019 he suddenly suspended his social media accounts. Fans were devastated when they realized what has happened and are now even signing petitions for his return to the digital world. This will probably happen shortly since Kenyata is well aware of the impact and reach his social media has had.
Nigerian former president has more likes than most of the world’s leaders. He is very active on Facebook and posts almost daily. The great thing about his account is that he is writing the updates himself, or at least it appears so. That kind of strategy is very useful, and the number of his followers only further proves that.
Mohammed VI, King of Morocco
More than 3.5 million people worldwide follow Mohammed VI of Morocco on Facebook, which makes him one of the most followed politicians in the world, and by far the most popular African ruler. As he is a member of the royal family, his account gives people a glimpse into a very luxurious and mysterious life of the 16th richest person in Africa. Looking at his updates and photos, we are not at all surprised that so many people follow him.