The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the most legendary Equatorial Guinean Politicians of all time. This list of famous Equatorial Guinean Politicians is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity.
With an HPI of 74.06, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo is the most famous Equatorial Guinean Politician. His biography has been translated into 61 different languages on wikipedia.
Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo (Spanish pronunciation: [teoˈðoɾo oˈβjaŋɡ ˈŋɡema ˈmbasoɡo]; born 5 June 1942) is an Equatoguinean politician and former military officer who has been the 2nd president of Equatorial Guinea since August 1979. He is the second longest consecutively serving current non-royal national leader in the world.After graduating from military school, Obiang held numerous positions under the presidency of his uncle, Francisco Macías Nguema before ousting him in a military coup that took place in August 1979. He has overseen Equatorial Guinea's emergence as an important oil producer, beginning in the 1990s. Obiang was Chairperson of the African Union from 31 January 2011 to 29 January 2012. Obiang has been widely accused of widespread human rights abuses, corruption and abuse of power. In marked contrast to the trend toward democracy in most of Africa, Equatorial Guinea is currently a dominant-party state, in which Obiang's Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE) holds virtually all governing power in the nation. The constitution provides Obiang sweeping powers, including the right to rule by decree, effectively making his government a legal dictatorship.
With an HPI of 71.91, Francisco Macías Nguema is the 2nd most famous Equatorial Guinean Politician. His biography has been translated into 44 different languages.
Francisco Macías Nguema (born Mez-m Ngueme; Africanised to Masie Nguema Biyogo Ñegue Ndong; 1 January 1924 – 29 September 1979) was an Equatoguinean politician who served as the first President of Equatorial Guinea from the country's independence in 1968 until his overthrow in 1979. He is widely remembered as one of the most brutal dictators in history. A member of the Fang people, Macías served numerous positions under Spanish colonial rule before being elected the first president of the soon-to-be independent country in 1968. Under his rule, he established an extreme cult of personality, a one-party state ruled by his United National Workers' Party and in 1972, declared himself president for life. Due to his dictatorship's severe human rights abuses and economic mismanagement, tens of thousands of people fled the country to avoid persecution while Equatorial Guinea was internationally nicknamed the "Dachau of Africa" after a Nazi concentration camp. His rule also led to significant brain drain as intellectuals and educated classes were particular targets for his persecution. In 1979, he was overthrown in a coup d'état by his nephew Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and was subsequently tried and executed.Depending on the source, during his government, anywhere from 50,000 to 80,000 of the 300,000 to 400,000 people living in the country at the time were killed. He has been compared to Pol Pot because of the violent, unpredictable, and anti-intellectual nature of his government.
With an HPI of 59.50, Ignacio Milam Tang is the 3rd most famous Equatorial Guinean Politician. His biography has been translated into 20 different languages.
Ignacio Milam Tang (born 20 June 1940) is an Equatoguinean politician who was Prime Minister of Equatorial Guinea from July 2008 to May 2012. He is a member of the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE). From May 2012 to June 2016, he was First Vice President of Equatorial Guinea, serving alongside President Obiang's son, Teodorín.
With an HPI of 54.88, Eric Moussambani is the 4th most famous Equatorial Guinean Politician. His biography has been translated into 25 different languages.
Eric Moussambani Malonga (born 31 May 1978) is a swimmer from Equatorial Guinea. Nicknamed "Eric the Eel" by the media, Moussambani won brief international fame at the 2000 Summer Olympics for an extremely unlikely victory. Moussambani, who had never seen an Olympic-sized swimming pool before, swam his heat of the 100 m freestyle on September 19 in the unprecedentedly slow time of 1:52.72. This was the slowest time in Olympic history by far and Moussambani apparently had trouble finishing the race, but he won his heat after both his competitors were disqualified due to false starts. While Moussambani's time was still too slow to advance to the next round, he set a new personal best and an Equatoguinean national record. He later became the coach of the national swimming squad of Equatorial Guinea.
With an HPI of 51.65, Vicente Ehate Tomi is the 5th most famous Equatorial Guinean Politician. His biography has been translated into 20 different languages.
Vicente Ehate Tomi (born 1968) is an Equatoguinean politician who was Prime Minister of Equatorial Guinea from May 21, 2012 until June 22, 2016.
With an HPI of 51.43, Miguel Abia Biteo Boricó is the 6th most famous Equatorial Guinean Politician. His biography has been translated into 17 different languages.
Miguel Abia Biteo Boricó (January 11, 1961 – December 6, 2012) was the 5th Prime Minister of Equatorial Guinea having served from July 11, 2004, to August 14, 2006. He was a member of the Bubi ethnic group. Biteo lived and studied in the Soviet Union, where he became a mining engineer. After returning to Equatorial Guinea he began to work for the government and became one of the most powerful officials in his country's oil industry. He was Minister of Finance from 1999 until 2001, when he was forced to resign following a corruption scandal. He was once a close ally of the President, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.He served as Minister of State in charge of Relations with Parliament and Legal Affairs of the Presidency prior to being appointed as Prime Minister on July 11 2004; his government was announced on July 14.President Obiang directed serious criticism at Abia Biteo Boricó during 2006, and his government resigned on August 10, 2006. Ricardo Mangue Obama Nfubea was appointed to succeed him on August 14.Biteo remained tortured in Black Beach prison in Malabo as of 2007 and died on the 6th of December 2012 apparently due to a cardiac arrest.
Pantheon has 6 people classified as politicians born between 1924 and 1978. Of these 6, 4 (66.67%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living politicians include Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, Ignacio Milam Tang, and Eric Moussambani. The most famous deceased politicians include Francisco Macías Nguema and Miguel Abia Biteo Boricó.