Last week about 40 leaders from Africa went to the southern City of Sochi for the African summit in Russia. According to the president of Russia, the summit was a new beginning for the relations between Russia and Africa. Russia is already in a relationship with Africa as it’s the largest supplier of arms. The summit aimed at restoring links that were destroyed after the collapse Soviet Union.
A video of President Akufo- Addo of Ghana was trending nationwide where Akufo-Addo is seen with his head down during one of the presentations. Akufo-Addo is not the first leader caught sleeping on the job. Below is a list of other politicians who have been caught on the wrong side of the camera.
Social media badly criticized South African President after the picture of President Cyril Ramaphosa “sleeping” at the Russia-Africa summit went viral. The event was broadcasted live. It shows Ramaphosa, eyes closed, among other world leaders.
Ezenwo Nyesom Wike
Ezenwo Nyesom Wike is a Politician and a member of the ruling People’s Democratic Party. He was caught sleeping at a retreat for elected Peoples Democratic Party National Assembly members in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.
He served in the army as a General before becoming President of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007. The former president was caught taking a nap during the meeting with World Bank President, Dr. Jim Yong Kim
South African politician and the then Minister Maite Nkoana Mashabane was caught napping in Parliament by EFF Mbuyiseni Ndlozi. Ndlozi raised the issue and chaos broke out shortly after.
African leader and former President, Robert Mugabe has been caught sleeping 9 different times during different functions. One of the times was when he was elected as Chairman at the AU Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Senator Barnabas Gemade
Nigerian Politician and Senator Barnabas Gemade representing Benue North-East Senatorial Zone was caught sleeping during the plenary session in 2016.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni was caught sleeping in parliament in 2014, however, according to the government, the president had a habit of meditating hence the reason his eyes were closed.