This feature is part of Blavity’s African Spotlight series, which highlights heads of state, as well as other politicians and societal leaders, who are currently in power or influencing change on the continent. African leaders are making a significant impact both in their own countries and internationally. Growing diasporas and increasing interconnectivity make developments on the continent more relevant to Black America and people everywhere than ever before.

On Monday, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission of Kenya announced that Vice President William Ruto had won the country’s presidential election that was held a week earlier. Ruto will thus become the fifth president in the country’s history, and his election is an important test for democracy and stability in Kenya, a country that has gone from election-related chaos to competition and stability.