Political leaders, celebrities to grace Equatorial Guinea’s national day

Liberian president, George Manneh Weah. Photo : Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – Liberia’s President George Weah is in Malabo, the Republic of Equatorial as a Special Guest of President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

President Weah will participate alongside several African leaders and celebrities in the celebration of the 50th Independence anniversary of the oil-rich central African country tomorrow Friday.

President made a brief stop in the Congolese Capital, Brazzaville, where he gave a moral boost to Liberia’s national soccer team, Lone Star, at the threshold of their clash with the Red Devils of Congo in an African Cup of Nations qualifier.

On 12 September, President Obiang Nguema, himself, coordinated one of the most important meetings of the organizing commission for the 50th Independence Day.

The members of the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea, have been planning the event since several weeks with successive meetings.

Among other dignitaries to grace the event is the Queen Mother of eSwatini who arrived in Malabo on Wednesday with a delegation comprising security officers, chiefs, princes, princesses and journalists.

October 12 marks the day in 1968 when the Equatorial Guinea gained independence from Spain.

The first president Francisco Macias Nguema’s reign of terror – from independence in 1968 until his overthrow in 1979 by the incumbent president Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

The country’s post-independence name indicates its location near both the Gulf of Guinea and the Equator, although no part of the country’s territory lies on the equator.

Celebrated as a national holiday throughout the country, Independence Day features official ceremonies and speeches by key officials, colorful parades, formal receptions, outdoor performances, and other festive events. The center of the celebration is Malabo, the country’s capital city.

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea is in Central Africa. It shares maritime borders with Nigeria and São Tomé and Príncipe. It is the only independent nation in Africa where Spanish is an official language.

The country gained international prominence for swimmers Eric Moussambani (a.k.a. “Eric the Eel”) and Paula Barila Bolopa, (a.k.a. “Paula the Crawler”), who gained fame at the 2000 Summer Olympics. In June, 2016, Equatorial Guinea was chosen to host the 12th African Games in 2019.

The country’s capital of Malabo is a port city. It boasts of Spanish colonial architecture that includes the neo-Gothic, twin-towered St. Elizabeth’s Cathedral, which is home of the Archdiocese of Malabo and is considered the largest Christian church in the nation.

Among its other interesting sites are: the dark-green Casa Verde, a 19th century house that was prefabricated in Belgium; and the Equatoguinean Culture Centre, a colonial building with large windows and has a central atrium that serves as a gallery and performance space.

Bur-csa – N.A / From our regional correspondent Tamba Jean-Matthew III – African Daily Voice (ADV)