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Listing the African Leaders active on Facebook (July 2010)

July 8, 2010  »  UncategorizedNo Comment

Did you ever wonder which African leaders are active on Facebook?

As Internet penetration takes hold in Africa, leaders are becoming increasingly aware of the power of social media. Facebook pages, in addition to creating a sense of political involvement, also can manage a President’s image. These pages provide governmental updates and allow leaders to at least appear accessible and open to public input. In fact, leaders of Algeria, Benin, Rep. of the Congo, Congo DRC, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Tanzania, Tunisia, and Zimbabwe seem to already have taken this step. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan perhaps has the most voracious following; he routinely has 2,500 Nigerians comment on his ideas. However, the majority of African leaders do not yet maintain a public social media presence. In many areas the lack of a page simply has to do with efficiency. After all, there is no point in trying to communicate with a population who is not yet online, let alone participating on the Facebooks of the world.

Of course, it is often difficult to spot a legitimate Facebook page run by an African president (Facebook doesn’t provide a designation). For each leader there are usually a couple of rogue pages, groups, or even profiles that act as the leader. In some cases where an official page does not exist, one thousand or more individuals will show their patriotism by supporting a “ghost” leader. Hopefully Facebook users are clever enough to spot the difference.

The following table lists all top African heads of state (usually President) and provides a link to the most popular Facebook page, group, or profile 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.

Finally, the list:

CountryPresident (or other title)Facebook Page Type (hyperlinked)# of Likes, Friends, or Fans
AlgeriaAbdelaziz BouteflikaOfficial Page9872
AngolaJose Dos SantosCommunity Page67
BeninThomas Yayi BoniOfficial Page4106
BotswanaSeretse Khama Ian KhamaCommunity Page34
Burkina FasoBlaise CompaoréUnofficial Page3000
BurundiPierre NkurunzizaCommunity Page44
CameroonBiya PaulPrivate Profile1365
Cape VerdePedro PiresCommunity Page23
Central African RepublicFrançois Bozizé YangouvondaPersonal Profile?168
ChadLt Gen. Idriss DebyPublic Profile1080
ComorosAhmed Abdallah SambiCommunity Page40
Congo, Republic ofDenis Sassou-NguessoOfficial Page | Private Profile2504 / 1502
Congo, Democratic Republic ofJoseph KabilaPrivate Profile | Official Page4799 / 1190
Cote d'IvoireLaurent GbagboOfficial Page2724
DjiboutiIsmail Omar GuellehUnofficial Page?1459
EgyptHosni MubarakUnofficial Page12266
Equatorial GuineaBrig. Gen. (ret) Teodoro Obiang Nguema MbasogoUnofficial Page516
EritreaIsaias AfeworkiUnofficial Page3167
EthiopiaMeles Zenawi (PM)Private Profile2087
GabonAli Bongo OndimbaPrivate Profile | Community Page1784 / 573
The GambiaYahya JammehUnofficial Page2577
GhanaJohn Evans Atta-MillsUnofficial Page5316
GuineaSékouba KonatéUnofficial Page1622
Guinea-BissauMalam Bacai SanhaUnofficial Page29
KenyaMwai KibakiUnofficial Page17732
LesothoKing Letsie III (King)Unofficial Page2773
LiberiaEllen Sirleaf JohnsonOfficial Page?2445
LibyaCol. Mu'ammar al-QadhafiUnofficial Page2227
MadagascarAndry RajoelinaUnofficial Page729
MalawiBingu wa MutharikaGroup | Community Page70 / 5
MaliAmadou Toumani ToureGroup 1 | Group 21248 / 921
MauritaniaBa Mamadou MbaréCommunity Page0
MauritiusSir Anerood JugnauthUnofficial Page478
MoroccoKing Mohamed VI (King)Unofficial Page39697
MozambiqueArmando Emilio GuebuzaOfficial Page?934
NamibiaHifikepunye PohambaGroup297
NigerSalou Djibo (Head of Military Junta)Community Page37
NigeriaDr. Goodluck JonathanOfficial Page95304
RwandaPaul KagameUnofficial Page8055
Sao Tome & PrincipeFradique De MenezesCommunity Page4
SenegalAbdoulaye WadeUnofficial Page1687
SeychellesJames MichelPublic Profile2080
Sierra LeoneErnest Bai KoromaUnofficial Page1133
SomaliaAdan Mohamed Nurr "Madobe" (Interim President)Community Page0
South AfricaJacob Gedleyihlekisa ZumaUnofficial Page10323
SudanOmar Hassan al-BashirGroup43
SwazilandKing Msati III (King)Community Page11
TanzaniaJakaya KikweteOfficial Page5954
TogoFaure GnassingbeGroup207
TunisiaZine El Abidine Ben AliOfficial Page160039
UgandaLt. Gen. Yoweri Kaguta MuseveniUnofficial Page3013
ZambiaRupiah BandaCommunity Page1
ZimbabweRobert Gabriel MugabeUnofficial Page | Community Page1024 / 391
ZimbabweMorgan Tsvangirai (PM)Official Page49341