Intimate knowledge of what it means to be the president of a country resides with people who have actually become presidents of their countries.
As such, the utility of the familiarity with the institution is priceless. New presidents consult with their predecessors all the time for advice on how to deal with certain matters.
Presidents can also tap up mentees who they believe would be able to continue presidential legacies. The hope is that mentees may add to political philosophies, for instance.
But sometimes, there are fallouts. Mentees move away from the paths that their predecessors set.
A thousand reasons could cause this. One major cause might be the desire to step out from the shadows of an overbearing mentor or even a change in philosophy.
Africa has witnessed a number of these high-profile fallouts in the last three decades.
As follows, are four African countries in which presidential mentors and mentees dramatically detached from each other.