Leaders like Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe use term-limit changes to extend their reign - but people are protesting, fighting for change.
The pastor's video spawned a wave of Internet activism in a country where any expression of protest can be dangerous
The 73-year-old Dos Santos has ruled Angola since 1979, is the second-longest ruler in Africa after Equatorial-Guinea's Obiang Nguema
Hardly a single African country has both marvellously survived a long-term leader’s rule and gone on to prosper without missing a step
Even Museveni critics offer grudging admiration. "He's not smart, he's extremely smart." Doing others' dirty work abroad has won him a free pass.
Mugabe once joked that he would rule until he turns 100. The opposition say the country would be better served by his bowing out
“Incumbency is a big problem [in Africa]. It’s really hard to take them down because they use state machinery to their advantage"
Many Ugandans on Twitter would have wanted to share their photos too. Except they hadn't been born yet, and maybe their parents hadn't even met
Museveni urges voters to re-elect the 'old man', likens Uganda to banana farm he planted and is now bearing fruits
Thought to be at least 71, he changed the law in 2005 abolishing a two-term limit. In the past, he criticised leaders who "overstayed" in power
"If you want something from me by looking down on me, you can be sure 100% you won't get it" - Rwandan president.
After US, now European Union says bid for Kagame third term undermines democracy - but Rwandans back it
Critics say the move to end term limits is part of a wider trend of African leaders seeking to stay put.
UPDATE: US faults Rwandan move to allow Kagame third term; door open for him to be president until 2034
"We expect Kagame to follow through on the commitments he has made previously to foster a new generation of leaders in Rwanda".
The Museveni contradiction; rebel, revolutionary, radical reformer...and president for life (PHOTOS)
In many ways Museveni's story is exceptional among his peers, but he has become a prisoner of the past and hurtling toward an uncertain end.
This week Tanzania will have a new leader; Ivory Coast to return an old one. And Congo's will add to his 30 years
Whichever way it turns out, with Kikwete stepping down after two terms, Tanzania will have a different man at the top.
Mbabazi is studious and abstemious, and has a reputation as a workaholic. However, he is also seen as aloof and arrogant.
Any African leader watching Israel PM Netanyahu call Obama naïve in his Parliament now doubts African blood flows in the American president’s veins.
Why a Hillary Clinton – or Jeb Bush – win in 2016 US presidential vote has Africa’s democrats terrified
A cottage industry has grown up in Africa where leaders and their cheerleaders closely follow western politics to catch “African characteristics”.