07 November 2012 10:10 | By Kate Hodges
African Presidents On Twitter

African Presidents On Twitter

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Many African presidents have a presence on social networking platforms. Twitter has proven a tough nut to crack for many of them, but at least eight African presidents have active accounts with regular updates.

These leaders make use of Twitter for a number of reasons, including commenting on news stories, self-promotion and, very rarely, engaging with their followers. Although these kinds of accounts are often run by staffers and world leaders tend to be quite cagey, following them can sometimes offer us a glimpse of our leaders’ real thoughts and motivations.

There are also many satirical accounts representing the supposed views of African leaders - these can be very amusing and enlightening.  Research shows no African leaders follow @DeathStarPR – which is a relief.

There are many other Twitter accounts for African presidents which did not make this list due to inactivity or the fact that they are rarely updated.


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