The FIRST ever Female President in East Africa – Her Excellency Hassan Suluhu Samia
According to Tanzania’s Constitution, Vice President Hassan, 61, should assume the Presidency for the remainder of the five-year term that Magufuli began serving last year after winning a second term. She will be the East African nation’s first female president.
Born in the semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar, Hassan studied economics in Britain, worked for the UN’s World Food Programme, and then held various government posts prior to becoming Tanzania’s first female vice president in 2015.
Suluhu Hassan was born on January 27, 1960, in the Sultanate of Zanzibar. She went to school in Zanzibar and studied statistics at the Zanzibar Institute of Financial Administration before getting employed by the Ministry of Planning and Development as a clerk.
In 1986 joined Mzumbe University for advanced studies in Public Administration before joining the Institute of Management for Leaders, Hyderabad in India, or a course in management.
She also attended the University of Manchester for her postgraduate diploma in economics and in 2005 she did her master’s degree in community economic development through a joint program between the Open University of Tanzania and Southern New Hampshire University, USA.