Did You Know That
President Mugabe Is
The World’s Most
Educated Leader?
With 7 Degrees
AFRICANGLOBE – President Robert Mugabe of
Zimbabwe is the world’s most educated president
with 7 degrees of which two are Masters Degrees.
Mugabe was raised as a Roman Catholic, studying
in Marist Brothers and Jesuit schools, including
the exclusive Kutama College, headed by an Irish
priest, Father Jerome O’Hea, who took him under
his wing.
President Robert Mugabe
Through his youth, Mugabe was never socially
popular nor physically active and spent most of
his time with the priests or his mother when he
was not reading in the school’s libraries. He was
described as never playing with other children but
enjoying his own company. According to his
brother Donato his only friends were his books.
He qualified as a teacher, but left to study at
Fort Hare in South Africa graduating in 1951,
while meeting contemporaries such as Julius
Nyerere, Herbert Chitepo, Robert Sobukwe and
Kenneth Kaunda. He then studied at Salisbury
(1953), Gwelo (1954), and Tanzania (1955–57).
President Robert Mugabe
Originally graduating with a Bachelor of Arts
degree from theUniversity of Fort Hare in 1951,
Mugabe subsequently earned six further degrees
through distance learning including a Bachelor of
Administration and Bachelor of Education from
the University of South Africa and a Bachelor of
Science, Bachelor of Laws, Master of Science, and
Master of Laws, all from the University of London
External Programme. The two Law degrees were
earned while he was in prison, the Master of
Science degree earned during his premiership of
Zimbabwe.
Teaching In Zambia And Ghana: 1955–60
After graduating, Mugabe lectured at Chalimbana
Teacher Training College in Northern Rhodesia
(now Zambia) from 1955–58, thereafter he taught
at Apowa Secondary School at Takoradi, in the
Western region of Ghana after completing his
local certification at Achimota School (1958–60),
where he met Sally Hayfron, whom he married in
April 1961.
During his stay in Ghana, he was influenced and
inspired by Ghana’s then Prime Minister, Kwame
Nkrumah. In addition, Mugabe and some of his
Zimbabwe African National Union party cadres
received instruction at the Kwame Nkrumah
Ideological Institute, then at Winneba in
southern Ghana.