Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Equatorial Guinea's Minister of Foreign Affairs Confronts Prevailing Myths About Equatorial Guinea

Agapito Mba Mokuy, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation participated on an open forum to demystify Equatorial Guinea at the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation Summit, held on August 20-23 in the capital city of Malabo.

The Minister provided information on Equatorial Guinea to allow guests, especially the non-Guineans visiting Equatorial Guinea for the first time, make their own opinion.

Minister of Foreign Affairs remembers a girl of about 11 years, who asked him where Equatorial Guinea was, while he was giving a presentation at a school in the United States. “The question that this girl asked, it has been asked throughout my career. This question has been asked to many Guineans, where is Equatorial Guinea, until recently. That question encompasses something, the mystery for many, misinformation, and I say it again, until recently. When speaking of Equatorial Guinea, people did not know it and those who knew it knew it wrong,” said Agapito Mba Mokuy.

“Equatorial Guinea is accused in the media of many things, that it is a poor country, where people live in misery, there’s no light, not even a plane, the only one living is the President and the other people do not have anything to eat. We see this in the press. But I think those who have come to Equatorial Guinea have seen otherwise,” continued to say Minister Mokuy. “This is a President who has been suffered when people say they don’t know where Equatorial Guinea is, when talking about all the miseries, the difficulties experienced by the people of Equatorial Guinea in its history. This President has suffered to restore dignity to Guineans. Recently, to call someone Ecuato was an insult. Today, Equatoguineano commands respect thanks to President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.”