Updated: African leaders on Facebook (October 2011)
This post is an update of June 2011′s list of African leaders with a Facebook presence. The numbers and a couple of links have been adjusted. Stats from July 2010, December 2010, and March 2011 are still available.
As always, the challenge is determining what share of fans of these pages are diasporans. A solid number of nations – most notably Burundi, Cameroon, and Gabon – have seen extraordinary Facebook fan page growth in the past 4 months. Pages for leaders from Angola and Cape Verde were relatively new as of last post, and have growth figures of 2,600% and 4,000%, respectively. Impressively, two leaders – Cameroon and Gabon – now have official pages and the fan counts have grown by 350-400% over 4 months. Updates for October 2011 include:
- Cameroon: Paul Biya’s page is clearly marked as official and even has a welcome landing page
- Chad: Idriss Déby’s page with 5,000 fans has been removed. Top unofficial pages now have 500-600 fans.
- Gabon: Ali Bongo’s page now is very official, complete with landing page.
- Mali: Both two groups for Amadou Touré are about to be archived due to inactivity. An active group of 200 fans now exists.
- Senegal: The page for Abdoulaye Wade, with 4,600 fans in June, no longer exists.
- Sierra Leone: The most popular group for Ernest Bai Koroma is flagged for removal due to inactivity. A new group with 1,300 fans now exists.
- Somalia: Had previously missed page of Sharif Ahmed which has 3,400 fans.
- South Sudan: Have added the new nation to the list. President Salva Kiir Mayardit, although lacking an official page or group, has 750 fans for a community page.
- Togo: Added unofficial page for Faure Gnassingbe (4,400 fans).
- Zimbabwe: The most popular unofficial page for Robert Mugabe has been removed. The second most popular remains.
Growth trends & countries of interest:
- Median fan growth rate: 15% (was 23% from March-June 2011)
- Pages for leaders of Seychelles and Swaziland lost fans over the time period.
- Fan count growth of leader pages with greater than 10,000 fans: Algeria 17%, Nigeria 13%, Ghana 10%, Ivory Coast 9%, Tanzania 8%, Kenya 5%, Morocco 5%, Zimbabwe 3%
- Less than 5% growth in Benin, Comoros, Guinea, Mauritius
- The page for Libya’s Col. Gaddafi grew by another 20%
- Mauritania still only has 4 fans of the community page for Ba Mamadou Mbaré. Guinea-Bissau is not much better with 11 fans for Malam Bacai Sanha
- Central African Republic shows 20% growth after none for 3 months
- 51% growth for Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia – now 1,000 fans
- Solid growth in Southern Africa: 71% Namibia, 69% Zambia, 34% South Africa. Still surprising how few fans the (community) page for Jacob Zuma has
- In order of sheer fan base there is no change in order: Nigeria (653k), Kenya (94k), Morocco (84k), Zimbabwe (65k), Tanzania (32k)
The list as of October 2, 2011:
Country President (or other title) Facebook Page Type (hyperlinked) # of Likes % Change since June 2011 (4 months)
Algeria Abdelaziz Bouteflika Official Page 20269 17%
Angola Jose Dos Santos Community Page 2191 2673%
Benin Thomas Yayi Boni Official Page 6345 4%
Botswana Seretse Khama Ian Khama Unofficial Page 6580 14%
Burkina Faso Blaise Compaoré Unofficial Page 9392 6%
Burundi Pierre Nkurunziza Community Page 315 385%
Cameroon Biya Paul Official Page 9696 479%
Cape Verde Pedro Pires Community Page 874 4062%
Central African Republic Francois Bozize Yangouvonda Personal Profile? 179 20%
Chad Lt Gen. Idriss Deby Public Profile 1 | Public Profile 2 609 / 527 -88%
Comoros Ahmed Abdallah Sambi Community Page 75 4%
Congo, Republic of Denis Sassou-Nguesso Official Page | Private Profile 6603 / 1269 10% / -4%
Congo, Democratic Republic of Joseph Kabila Private Profile | Official Page 4177 / 4256 -2% / 24%
Cote d'Ivoire Alassane Ouattara Unofficial Page 14845 9%
Djibouti Ismail Omar Guelleh Unofficial Page? 4316 5%
Egypt Mohamed Hussein Tantawi Community Page 82 64%
Equatorial Guinea Brig. Gen. (ret) Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo Community Page 77 71%
Eritrea Isaias Afeworki Unofficial Page 7302 5%
Ethiopia Meles Zenawi (PM) Community Page 1041 51%
Gabon Ali Bongo Ondimba Official Page 6781 354%
The Gambia Yahya Jammeh Unofficial Page 5843 8%
Ghana John Evans Atta-Mills Unofficial Page 20114 10%
Guinea Sékouba Konaté Unofficial Page 3626 4%
Guinea-Bissau Malam Bacai Sanha Community Page 11 83%
Kenya Mwai Kibaki Unofficial Page 94127 5%
Lesotho King Letsie III (King) Unofficial Page 5009 9%
Liberia Ellen Sirleaf Johnson Community Page 1106 46%
Libya Col. Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi Unofficial Page 7263 22%
Madagascar Andry Rajoelina Unofficial Page 1441 11%
Malawi Bingu wa Mutharika Group | Community Page 196 59%
Mali Amadou Toumani Toure Unofficial Page | Group 1 | Group 2 221 n/a
Mauritania Ba Mamadou Mbaré Community Page 4 0%
Mauritius Sir Anerood Jugnauth Unofficial Page 797 4%
Morocco King Mohamed VI (King) Unofficial Page 84315 5%
Mozambique Armando Emilio Guebuza Official Page? 3517 13%
Namibia Hifikepunye Pohamba Community Page 597 71%
Niger Salou Djibo (Head of Military Junta) Unofficial Page 1310 7%
Nigeria Dr. Goodluck Jonathan Official Page 652999 13%
Rwanda Paul Kagame Unofficial Page 19034 13%
Sao Tome & Principe Fradique De Menezes Community Page 12 33%
Senegal Abdoulaye Wade Unofficial Page | Community Page 911/ 587 n/a
Seychelles James Michel Public Profile 4834 -1%
Sierra Leone Ernest Bai Koroma Community Page | Unofficial Page 1284 n/a
Somalia Sharif Ahmed Unofficial Page 3440 n/a
South Africa Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma Community Page 3961 34%
Sudan Omar Hassan al-Bashir Community Page 139 25%
South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit Community Page 750 n/a
Swaziland King Msati III (King) Community Page 66 -31%
Tanzania Jakaya Kikwete Official Page 31954 8%
Togo Faure Gnassingbe "Fan Club" 4408 n/a
Tunisia Fouad Mebazaa Unofficial Page 39 30%
Uganda Lt. Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni Unofficial Page / Profile 6462 / 1346 9% / 40%
Zambia Rupiah Banda Community Page 416 69%
Zimbabwe Robert Gabriel Mugabe Community Page 5383 31%
Zimbabwe Morgan Tsvangirai (PM) Official Page 65372 3%
The above table lists all top African heads of state (usually President) and provides a link to the one or two most popular Facebook pages, groups, or profiles for a given leader. The final column shows how many users are interested in the particular leader. Loose definitions of the page-types:
- Official page: A page run by the actual leader.
- Public profile: A presidential account with a public wall and information about the leader.
- Private profile: An seemingly real account without a public wall or information about the leader.
- Unofficial page: A user-created page that serves as the leader.
- Group: A user-created group dedicated to a leader.
- Community page: A placeholder courtesy of Wikipedia for cases when no user-generated page exists.