Samia Suluhu Hassan: Here Are 7 Facts About Tanzania’s First Female President

Tanzania's Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan is described as a softly spoken consensus builder [AFP]

Samia Suluhu Hassan made history on Friday, March 19, 2020, after she was sworn in as the first female and sixth President of Tanzania. She was elevated to the highest office of the country after the sudden death of President John Magufuli.

Samia Suluhu Hassan (image via Stringer/Reuters)

She will conclude Magufuli’s second five-year term, which will end in 2025.

Here are seven facts about Samia Suluhu Hassan:

She is 61 years old

Samia Suluhu Hassan was born on January 27, 1960 in the Sultanate of Zanzibar.

She has a postgraduate degree from Manchester University

Samia earned a postgraduate diploma in Economics at the University of Manchester in 1994. She also obtained her MSc in Community Economic Development via a joint-programme between the Open University of Tanzania and Southern New Hampshire University in 2015.

She has been in politics since 2000

Samia Suluhu Hassan started her political career when she was elected as a member of the Zanzibar House of Representatives.

She is the first female running mate of the CCM party

The late John Magufuli in July 2015 chose Samia Suhulu Hassan as his running mate ahead of the 2015 general elections, making her the first female running mate on a Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party ticket.

She is the first vice-president of Tanzania and only the second in East Africa

Samia became the first vice-president of Tanzania after winning the 2015 elections as the running mate of John Magufuli. She also became the second female vice-president in East Africa after Uganda’s Specioza Naigaga Wandira who was in office from 1994 to 2003.

She is married with four children

Samia Suluhu Hassan is married to Hafidh Ameir, who is a retired agricultural officer. They have four children (three sons and a daughter).

Her daughter is also a politician

Samia’s daughter, Mwanu Hafidh Ameir, has followed her steps as a politician. Mwanu is a member of the Zanzibar House of Representatives – just as her mother started off her political career.


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