In 2011 the 'New African Continent' some may says will never be the same for many years to come. Historians argued that young Africans will pressure and remove those African presidents that don't want to relinquished power after their term (s) are over.
Below are the name of former Great African presidents who give up power without any pressured. These leaders should be well know through all the African continent from what they have done. Maybe they didn't change the situation in the African continent, but they did one thing that few African presidents are not prepare to do so, to give up their power without a coup detat or force-out. They show example for young Africans generation and future leaders that it's time to start learning to give up power in a democratic way.
Nelson Mandela has been hailed as "the greatest and most courageous leader of our generation". In a life of personal sacrifice, he dedicated himself to the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, an era which came to end with the country's first multi-racial elections on 27 April 1994.
Mandela became the first black President and the oldest elected President of South Africa when he took office at the age of 75 in 1994. He decided not to stand for a second term and retired in 1999.
Mandela has received more than 250 awards over four decades, most notably the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize. In November 2009, the United Nations General Assembly announced that Mandela's birthday, 18 July, is to be known as 'Mandela Day' marking his contribution to world freedom.
Festus Gontebanye Mogae became president of the Republic of Botswana on April 1, 1998, in a peaceful transfer of power that political analysts term exceptional for southern Africa.
In April 2008, in accordance with Botswana's constitution, President Mogae stepped down as President, having served two terms in government.
Mogae was awarded the Grand Cross of the Legion d'honneur by French President Nicolas Sarkozy on 20 March 2008 for his "exemplary leadership" in making Botswana a "model" of democracy and good governance.
Also, Mogae won the 2008 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership, and will receive US$ 5 million over 10 years and US$ 200,000 annually for life thereafter.
Mr Chissano then led negotiations with Renamo, which in October 1992 succeded in ending 16 years of destabilising internal conflict.
In 1994 he won the first multiparty elections in the history of the country, and was re-elected President of the Republic in 1999.
Despite the fact that the Mozambican constitution allowed him to stand in the 2004 presidential elections, Joaquim Chissano decided voluntarily not to do so.
on 22 October 2007, Chissano's 68th birthday,he had been awarded the inaugural $5 million Prize for Achievement in African Leadership awarded by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and given to a former African leader who has shown good governance.
Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere was the father of southern African liberation, and one of the founding fathers of the Southern African Development Community. Born in Butiama near Lake Victoria on 13 April 1922, when he passed away 10 years ago on 14 October 1999, Africans everywhere shared the sense of loss felt by Tanzanians.15 October 2009
He was Baba wa taifa, father of the nation, the moving force for the independence of Tanganyika on 9 December 1961 and for its unity with Zanzibar on 26 April 1964 to create the United Republic of Tanzania. A charismatic leader of sharp intellect and great personal integrity, he welded a country and a national identity from over 120 ethnic groups, united by their language Swahili and by a social harmony constructed on the ideals of peace, justice, unity and personal commitment.
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