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6 Most Influential Families In Africa

In Africa, several families have immense influence in their countries political power play. These influential families directly or indirect...

In Africa, several families have immense influence in their countries political power play. These influential families directly or indirectly play huge roles in determining who gets elected to the big political seat, who is nominated to a key post and even who is in or out of the president’s inner circle.

Some of these families have also made inroads into the economic sectors in their countries and across the continent, with numerous big investments.
Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue 

The Nguema Family – Equatorial Guinea
Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo led Equatorial Guinea since 1979. He led a military coup that overthrew the president, Francisco Macias Nguema, who is his uncle. Teodoro Obiang is the longest serving president in Africa.

The president’s son, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue is the nation’s second Vice-President. Gabriel Mbega Obiang is, his step-son is the Minister for Oil. GEPetrol, the National Oil Company is headed by Nsue Okomo, his brother in law.

His close relatives occupy ministerial positions in his government and diplomatic positions abroad, such as Ruben Maye Nsue Mangue who is the country’s ambassador to the United States.
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and his family 
The Kenyatta Family – Kenya
It is arguably the most influential family in the political and economic sectors in Kenya. The family has produced two presidents in the East African nation, Kenya. Mzee Jomo Kenyatta was the first president in independent Kenya, between 1963 and 1977. In 2013, his son, Uhuru Kenyatta became the fourth president of the country.

The family has business interests in the dairy, land, hospitality, media and banking industries, both in Kenya and globally. Some of the family’s properties include Brookside Dairy, Heritage Hotels, Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA) and Mediamax Group among others.
Blaise Compaore 

The Compaore Family – Burkina Faso
It has been a major player in the political affairs of Burkina Faso. Blaise Compaore took over power on October 15, 1987 after leading a coup d’etat that overthrew President Thomas Sankara. Compaore was forced to resign from office in October 2014.

His brother, Simon Compaore, a politician served as the mayor for Ouagadougou, the country’s capital from 1995 to 2012. Archbishop Jean-Marie Compaore is the Catholic Archbishop Emeritus of Ouagadougou. Blaise Compaore’s wife, Chantal Compaore is the daughter of former Ivory Coast President Felix Houphouet-Boigny, who ruled from 1960 until his death in 1993.
Mariah Carey sings for Red Cross Angola 
The dos Santos Family – Angola
It has been the biggest political player in post-independent Angola. The nation’s president, Jose Eduardo dos Santos took over power on September 21, 1979.

His oldest daughter, Isabel dos Santos owns 25 percent in Unitel, which is the country’s largest mobile phone network. She also owns shares in Banco BIC. She has investments in Portugal. In 2013, Forbes ranked her as the richest woman in Africa.

Jose Eduardo dos Santos has named his close relatives to top government positions such as Carlos Alberto Lopes, his brother-in-law who is the country’s Finance minister.

Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos, a cousin to the president was the nation’s Prime Minister from 2002-2008.
The Khamas 

The Khama Family – Botswana
It has produced two of Botswana’s presidents. Sir Sereste Maphiri Khama was the first Prime Minister of Botswana from March 3, 1965 to September 30, 1966, when the post was abolished after Botswana became independent.

He became the first president when the nation got independence on September 30, 1966. He died while still in power on July 13, 1980. His son, Lieutenant General Sereste Khama Ian Khama became nation’s fourth president on April 1, 2008. He was re-elected in October 2014.

Ruth Williams Khama, Sir Sereste Maphiri’s wife was the country’s inaugural First Lady. She died of throat cancer on May 22, 2002.
President Yoweri Museveni, his son Lt-Col Kainerugaba Muhoozi and his wife 

The Museveni Family – Uganda
It has been a key players in Ugandan politics since the late 1980’s. Yoweri Museveni became president on January 29, 1986. In February 2016, he was re-elected for a fifth term, extending his stay in power to over three decades.

His wife, First Lady Janet Museveni is the Minister for Karamoja Affairs. She was the Member of Parliament for Ruhaama constituency since 2006 but quit before the general elections held in February 2016.

Brigadier General Muhoozi kaneirugamba, the president’s eldest son is high ranking officer in the Uganda military. He heads the Special Forces, which provides security for President Museveni. - Online Sources 

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