Equatorial Guinea (1973-1979)
In 1973, President Francisco Macías Nguema modified the flag of Equatorial Guinea in 1973, replacing the old emblem (which was derived from the Spanish colonial coat of arms) with a new one. The emblem, consisting of a rooster on top of a collection of tools, employed the symbolism of Macías Nguema’s United National Workers’ Party. In 1979, the president’s nephew, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo took power in a coup and restored the old flag.
Today is Obiang’s birthday. He still rules as Africa’s longest-serving dictator.