Equatorial Guinea Culture

Equatorial Guinea Culture and Mass Media

Newspapers in Equatorial Guinea

The press in Equatorial Guinea has an extremely modest spread. Most newspapers have irregular publishing, and the content is state-controlled.

The radio, on the other hand, has a relatively large distribution. State Radio Nacional de Guinea Ecuatorial broadcasts radio in three channels in primarily Spanish, but also in French and Bantu languages. There are occasional TV broadcasts from state-owned Televisión Nacional, which is under construction with French help. There are 427 radio and 116 TV receivers per 1,000 residents (2000).


According to ALLUNITCONVERTERS, the legacy of the Spanish colonizers is most evident on the island of Bioko. On the mainland, the majority culture captures the traditional culture of fang.

Here is an oral storytelling tradition where ancient myths and legends, often with medicine men and wise gums as protagonists, are passed on from one generation to another. Song and dance are included in most ceremonies and parties. The songs are usually accompanied by three or four musicians. Common instruments are drums, wooden xylophones, sanzas (a kind of bamboo tump piano), harps and lemons. The prisoners are known for their masks and sculptures in wood.

Many writers and artists live in exile, mainly in Spain. In early 2011, one of the best-known Equatorial Guinean writers, Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel, went on a national flight in fear of his life, after embarking on a hunger strike aimed at directing his countrymen and the outside world to the oppression of the Obiang regime. His novel Arde el monte de noche from 2009, which is based on memories from his childhood on the island of Annabón, is in English translation (By night the mountain burns). It was nominated in 2015 for a literary award in the UK.



Presidenton is promoted

June 22

President Obiang promotes his son Teodorín from second vice president to first vice president.

The regime is trying to protect Teodorín

June 14

The government appeals to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague to stop the French judicial process against President Teodorín Obiang. He is accused by French prosecutors of looting his country’s treasury for living a luxury life with private jets and real estate in several of the world’s most expensive areas. The government claims that he enjoys diplomatic immunity and that the prosecutors therefore violate international agreements.


The army shoots the opposition leader’s house

April 27

The leader of the opposition party Citizens for Change (CI) says the army shelled his house a few days before the election and keeps it besieged ever since. According to the opposition politician, 200 party supporters are in the house with him. Six activists must have been shot dead by the army attack. Fifteen CI members are reported to have been arrested in the port city of Bata.

Obiang gets almost all the votes

April 24

President Obiang receives almost 94 percent of the vote in the presidential election. The Election Commission states that even turnout is almost 94 percent. The election is carried out under great security precautions and is reported to go quietly throughout the country.


Calling for election boycott

March 23rd

The newly formed opposition alliance FPS calls for a boycott of the presidential election in April, on the grounds that a free and fair election cannot be carried out because there is no independent electoral commission or independent media.

Presidential election in April

the 12th of March

Presidential elections will be held on April 24, official media reports. President Obiang is up for re-election and is expected to win big. He has ruled the country since 1979.

Equatorial Guinea Culture

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