Ameenah Gurib-Fakim and Stephanie Busari

An interview with Mauritius's first female president

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Ameenah Gurib-Fakim has been an academic, an entrepreneur and is now the president of Mauritius — the first Muslim female head of state in Africa. In a wide-ranging conversation with journalist Stephanie Busari, Gurib-Fakim discusses the humble beginnings of her political career, what it's like to be both a person of faith and a scientist and why we need to value traditional African knowledge, among much more. "I don't think you should take yourself seriously," she says. "You need to have trust in what you can do, have confidence in yourself and give yourself a set of goals and just work towards them."

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Ameenah Gurib-Fakim · President of Mauritius

Ameenah Gurib-Fakim is the president of the Republic of Mauritius. She has been a university professor and entrepreneur before her election as the first female Head of State of Mauritius.

Ameenah Gurib-Fakim is the president of the Republic of Mauritius. She has been a university professor and entrepreneur before her election as the first female Head of State of Mauritius.

Stephanie Busari · Journalist

Stephanie Busari is a journalist and editor at CNN International Digital.

Stephanie Busari is a journalist and editor at CNN International Digital.