Equatorial Guinea’s Teodoro Obiang Nguema and Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe shared looks and a common style of governance. Equatorial Guinea’s Teodoro Obiang Nguema and Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe shared looks and a common style of governance.

These African Leaders Could Be Brothers, and They Don’t Know It

THE world is full of delightful quirky events – like April 20, which was National Look-alike Day in the US.

Americans shared pictures of people they thought looked alike or those they believe look like them, which got me thinking about our own presidents, several of whom actually bear more than a passing resemblance.

Equatorial Guinea’s Teodoro Obiang Nguema and Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe.
If Teodoro Obiang Nguema wants to know what he’ll look like at 92, he just needs to look at Mugabe. If Mugabe wants a reminder of his youthful freedom fighter days, he should look at Obiang. One of them isn’t ageing well though, or are they?

Slide1•Think those Mugabe and Obiang’s resemblance is uncanny? Take a good look at DR Congo’s Joseph Kabila and Burundi’s Pierre Nkurunziza. They look the same age even though Nkurunziza is 52 and Kabila only 44. Too bad they both are grappling with turmoil in their respective nations or else they would take time off for a DNA test because those big expressive eyes, similar build and stature are too much of a coincidence.

•Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari and Rwanda’s Paul Kagame.
Three words to describe Buhari: Tall, darkish, skinny. Three words to describe Kagame: Tall, darkish, skinny.Slide1

Could swear that if Kagame wore the traditional Kaftan and cap Buhari wears often, we wouldn’t tell them apart, although in their case it is more the air and physique that is close, rather than their faces. Even more striking is their soft-spoken yet resolute tone.

Bashir and Ouded•Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir and Mauritania’s Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.
Is it the bushy brows, moustache or glare? It’s all three.

 

 

 

Somalia's President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud (R) welcomes his Djiboutian counterpart Ismail Omar Guelleh (L) at the Aden Abdulle International Airport in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, February 21, 2015. REUTERS/Feisal Omar (SOMALIA - Tags: POLITICS)

•Give Somalia’s Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud a few years and he’ll have as much grey as Djibouti’s Ismaïl Omar Guelleh.

 

 

 

Slide1•And isn’t Ethiopia’s President Mulatu Teshome the lighter-skinned and younger version of Namibia’s Hage Geingob and vice versa? The area around their noses and mouths is a duplicate.

 

 

Slide1•Guinea’s Alpha Condé and Ivory Coast’s Alassane Ouattara conclude our look-alike list.