Top 5 Worst African Dictators


History is full of stories of people who fought very hard to free humanity from slavery but in the end of the day enslaved the same people they freed. Africa in particular has tales of such men, who can be rightly categorized as dictators. Here are five worst African dictators.

  1. General Idi Amin Dada of Uganda

Idi Amin’s reputation clearly precedes him. He is a brutal dictator, worse than anything the world has ever seen. Clearly, Idi Amin doesn’t need much introduction. He is clearly the worst dictator of the 20th century. Popularly known as the Butcher of Uganda, Idi Amin was believed to have killed more than 300,000 people. He murdered his opponents and their families. It is particularly surprising how unpredictable this dictator was.

  1. Charles Taylor

Charles McArthur Ghankay Taylor, the 22nd Liberian president was a leader of a rebel group, the National Patriotic Front of Liberia before he became president. He committed several crimes and atrocities against humanity, especially in the 1991-2002 Sierra Leone Civil War. He was found guilty of several crimes by the International criminal court of justice. Some of the crimes included enlisting underage children to armed forces, terror, violence and so forth.

  1. Paul Biya

The Cameroon president Paul Biya has been president since 1982. His authoritarian and dictatorial rule is well obvious. Biya adopts any policy that he deems necessary. Even though he does not have public appearance, Biya wielded untold power, ruling like a tyrant. He may not be the worst dictator in Africa but his authoritarian rule places him in the category of the top dictators.

  1. Robert Mugabe

Mugabe is a typical tyrant. He has exerted his dictatorial rule for such a long time that makes him a master in the art. Mugabe helped freed Zimbabwe from colonial rule and he seized the power since 1980. He has occupied the seat since then and has ruled 37 years. He has also committed several human rights crimes, especially the white citizens, lesbians and gays.

  1. General Sani Abacha

Abacha was only in power for five years, yet he committed a lot of atrocities to humanity that has rarely been matched by any other. He declared himself as above the law and did whatever he wanted. He targeted his opponents, activists and human right agents and executed them and he embezzled the government funds.