Tanzania: Biography of First Tanzanian Female President Samia Suluhu Hassan


Samia Suluhu Hassan has been sworn in as the President of United Republic of Tanzania following the death of President John Magufuli on Wednesday.

She becomes the first Vice President in the East African country to ascend to the top post.

This is the biography of the new President of Tanzania, Ms Samia Suluhu Hassan, according to Vice President’s Office website http://vpo.go.tz/index.php/biographies/bio1.

Samia Suluhu Hassan, the President of United Republic of Tanzania was born in Zanzibar on 27 January, 1960.

Education Background

Samia Suluhu Hassan received Primary Education in different schools including Chwaka Primary School in Unguja (1966 to 1968), Ziwani Primary school in Pemba (1970 to 1971) and Mahonda Primary School in Unguja in 1972.

From 1973 to 1975, Samia joined Ngambo and Lumumba Secondary School in Unguja. After secondary education in 1977 she joined The Zanzibar Institute of Financial Administration (ZIFA) for Statistics studies.

After studies she was employed by the Ministry of Planning and Development. In 1986 she joined the Institute of Development Management- IDM (present Mzumbe University) in Morogoro for advanced studies in Public Administration.

After various studies in Tanzania President Samia joined the National Institute of Public Administration in Lahore, Pakistan. In 1991 she joined the Institute of Management for Leaders, Hyderabad in India for a Certificate Management Course.