Here are 10 surprising facts you may not know about some of these heads of state! 1. Jacob Zuma, president of South Africa: Was a football referee in prison While Jacob Zuma was imprisoned for conspiring to overthrow the Apartheid government in 1963, he served as an official referee for the prisoners’ association football games! He was held in the same prison as Nelson Mandela. Additionally, Zuma has 23 children with 14 different women. Of the 14 women he impregnated, 8 were side chicks, 6 were his wives. 2. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia: Aunt of Retta from Parks and Rec Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first elected female head of state in Africa, is the aunt of Marietta Sirleaf, aka “Retta” – the American actress most famous for her role as Donna Meagle on the TV show Parks and Recreation. 3. Yoweri Museveni, president of Uganda: Rapped for his reelection campaign Yoweri Museveni has been president of Uganda since 1986. In 2010, he released a rap music video ‘Do you want another rap?’ as part of his reelection campaign, which was widely viewed not only in Uganda but all over East Africa. 4. John Dramani Mahama, president of Ghana: Speaks 8 languages John Dramani Mahama is an acclaimed polygot. He speaks 8 languages, 6 of them fluently and the other 2 well enough to hold in-depth, political conversations in. These languages include English, Akan, Ga, Gonja, Russian, Dagbani, Hausa, and Ewe. 5. Goodluck Jonathan, president of Nigeria: Studied zoology Goodluck Jonathan has a deep love for animals and the environment. He holds a B.S. in Zoology, an M.S. in both Hydrobiology and Fisheries biology, and a PhD in degree in Zoology from University of Port Harcourt. 6. Ian Khama, president of Botswana: Flies his own planes President Ian Khama is well known as a very accomplished pilot, and “insists on flying military aircraft himself when on official trips.” 7. Uhuru Kenyatta, president of Kenya: Is a Twitter fiend Uhuru Kenyatta is arguably the most popular African head of state on Twitter with over 484K followers. You can follow him and tweet at his handle @UKenyatta. (Until recently @MuhammadMorsi, former President of Egypt, was the most popular with over 2 million followers). 8. Denis Sassou Nguesso, president of the Republic of Congo: Was a paratrooper Denis Sassou Nguesso served as a member of the elite paratroop regiment after he joined the army in 1960,and spent time dropping in on enemies from above just shortly before the country gained independence. 9. Jakaya Kikwete, president of Tanzania: Major basketball fan Jakaya Kikwete is an avid basketball fan and patron of the National Basketball Federation for the past 10 years. He even played competitively at the University of Dar es Salaam. 10. Paul Kagame, president of Rwanda: Loves James Bond While growing up in Uganda amid political violence taking place in Rwanda in the late 1950s and 1960s, President Kagame had an incredible fascination for James Bond and the life of a secret agent.