The Coronation of King Charles III has garnered attention not only in the United Kingdom but also among African leaders from countries that are part of the British Commonwealth. The presence of these leaders, accompanied by their political and traditional representatives, holds great significance for both the host nation and the African nations involved.
Here is a list of the African leaders invited to King Charles III’s Coronation.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe: Among the distinguished guests, President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe stands out as a notable attendee. His presence marks a significant moment, as he becomes the first Zimbabwean head of state to travel to London in over two decades, despite the recent sanctions imposed by the UK on Zimbabwe.
President Mohamed Bazoum of Niger and Deputy Tiémoko Meyliet Koné of Côte d’Ivoire: Representing the French-speaking nations, President Mohamed Bazoum of Niger will also grace the royal ceremony with his presence. Additionally, the deputy of the President of Côte d’Ivoire, Tiémoko Meyliet Koné, will attend on his behalf, further highlighting the importance of the event.
Other African Leaders in Attendance: The coronation will witness the presence of several other African leaders who share historical and political ties with the British Commonwealth. Among them are Paul Kagame of Rwanda, King Mswati III of Eswatini, Lazarus Chakwera of Malawi, Hakainde Hichilema of Zambia, and George Weah of Liberia, to name a few. Their participation underscores the significance of the occasion for both the United Kingdom and these African nations.
The invitation extended to African leaders to attend King Charles III’s coronation not only emphasizes the international nature of the event but also underscores the enduring historical and political connections between the United Kingdom and African countries within the British Commonwealth. The presence of these leaders, despite various geopolitical challenges, highlights the mutual respect and cooperation shared between the nations involved.