List of active separatist movements in Africa

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This is a list of currently active separatist movements in Africa. Separatism includes autonomism and secessionism. What is and is not considered an autonomist or secessionist movement is sometimes contentious. Entries on this list must meet three criteria:

  1. They are active movements with living, active members.
  2. They are seeking greater autonomy or self-determination for a geographic region (as opposed to personal autonomy).
  3. They are the citizen/inhabitants of the conflict area and do not come from another country.

Under each region listed is one or more of the following:





  • Ethnic group: The Lunda-Tchokwé
  • Proposed state: Democratic Republic of Lunda-Tchokwé (República Democrática da Lunda-Tchokwé) (RDLT)
  • Government-in-exile: Partido Democrático da Defesa do Estado Lunda-Tchokwé (PDDELT)
  • Claimant group: Manifesto Jurídico Sociológico do Povo Lunda-Tchokwé (MJSPL), also an Advocacy group
  • Political party: Partido Democrático da Defesa do Estado Lunda-Tchokwé (PDDELT)
  • Traditional Kingdom: Lunda-Tchokwe Kingdom
  • Status: Juridical Fight on ICC
  • Leaders: Dr. Jota Filipe Malakito (The Founder Leader)
  • Movements: Mulher Unida da Lunda-Tchokwé (MULT), Pioneiros Unidos da Lunda-Tchokwé (PULT), Juventude Unida da Lunda-Tchokwé(JULT)
  • News Broadcast:
  • Vindicating area: The Forgotten Portuguese Protectorate of Lunda (The entire East Part of current Angola) or current North-Lunda, South-Lunda, Moxico and Kuando-Kubango
  • Extension Vindicating area : 602.709 Km2
  • Population : 2.692.723 ( Since the 2014 )



Bakassi Peninsula

Ambazonia (member of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization and Organization of Emerging African States)

Central African Republic[edit]

Flag of Dar El Kuti Republic.svg Northern Muslim regions


Republic of the Congo[edit]

Democratic Republic of the Congo[edit]


Proposed states:

Coptic flag.svg Copts

Equatorial Guinea[edit]

Bubi nationalist flag.svg Bioko



Secessionist movements:
  • Mayotte continues to have autonomist movements despite the island having voted to become France's 101st department in 2011.[21]



Proposed states:







De facto states:

Western Sahara

Proposed states:


  • Ethnic group: Riffian
    • Proposed state: Rif
    • Political party: RIM
    • Militant organisation(s) : RIM
  • Rif Independence Movement – occurred in Morocco during the 1920s,[26][27] and was revitalized in 2013.[28] Rif Independence Movement is a charter member of the Organization of Emerging African States.[28]












South Africa[edit]

Afrikaner Vryheidsvlag.svg Boer/Afrikaner homeland

Western Cape

South Sudan[edit]



 Canary Islands (Main article: Canarian nationalism)



Eastern Front







Flag of Barotseland.svg Barotse



See also[edit]


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