1. Teodoro Obiang | Equatorial Guinea 🇬🇶 | 43 years (since 1979)
His son, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue has been his Vice President since 2012.
He seized power from his uncle, Francisco Macías Nguema who ruled the country from 1968 to 1979. He was the country’s first President.
2. Paul Biya | Cameroon 🇨🇲 | 40 years (since 1982)
He was the Prime Minister of Cameroon from 1975 to 1982.
3. Yoweri Museveni | Uganda 🇺🇬 | 36 years (since 1986)
4. Isaias Afwerki | Eritrea 🇪🇷 | 29 years (since 1993)
5. Dennis Sassou | Congo 🇨🇬 | 25 years (since 1997)
He was also the President of Congo from 1979 to 1992.
6. Ismaïl Omar Guelleh | Djibouti 🇩🇯 | 23 years (since 1999).
He took over from his uncle, Hassan Gouled Aptidon who was the country’s first President and who ruled from 1977 to 1999.
7. Paul Kagame | Rwanda 🇷🇼| 22yrs (Since 200).
Born 23 October 1957) he is a former military officer. He is the fourth and current president of Rwanda, having taken office in 2000. Kagame previously commanded the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), a Uganda-based rebel force which invaded Rwanda in 1990 and was one of the parties of the conflict during the Rwandan Civil War and the armed force which ended the Rwandan genocide. He was considered Rwanda’s de facto leader when he served as Vice President and Minister of Defence under President Pasteur Bizimungu from 1994 to 2000.
8. Salva Kiir Mayardit | South Sudan 🇸🇸| ( since 2011).
He has been President of South Sudan since its independence on July 9th 2011. Prior to independence, he was President of the Government of Southern Sudan, as well as First Vice President of Sudan, from 2005 to 2011. He was named Commander-in-Chief of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) in 2005, following the death of John Garang.