Thursday, June 20, 2013

First Lady of Equatorial Guinea Accepts 2013 Women's Progress Award



Constancia Mangue Nsue de Obiang, First Lady of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, joined First Ladies of Africa to honor the contributions and commitments of African women leaders who are working to improve living standards for women on the African continent.

Mrs. Obiang attended the Voices of African Mothers welcoming reception at the UN Millennium Hotel as part of the three days of events leading to the Millennium Development Goals 2013 Women's Progress award gala to be held at the United Nations on Thursday, June 13, 2013.


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

First Lady of Equatorial Guinea Discusses CANIGE and Women's Progress



Constancia Mangue de Obiang discusses Equatorial Guinean Child Aid Committee (CANIGE), which she helped fund. The organization is designed to help improve living conditions for women and children throughout the country.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Equatorial Guinea Holds Gas Conference


Equatorial Guinea recently held its sixth gas conference at the Sipopo Conference Center in the capital city of Malabo. Equatorial Guinea Gas is one of the most important international energy forums, bringing together experts, technicians and gas companies.

The conference was sponsored by Ophir, Marathon Oil Corporation, EG LNG, Atlantic Methanol Production Company, BG Group, Mitsui, Marubeni, HESS, Schlumberger and Noble Energy.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Equatorial Guinea’s First Lady Awarded For Her Leadership In Social Development


Mrs. Obiang named Voices of African Mothers Chairman and Millennium Development Goals Women’s Progress Award Recipient

In a speech at the Millennium Development Goals 2013 Women’s Progress Awards, Constancia Mangue Nsue de Obiang, First Lady of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, received the Millennium Development Goals 2013 Women’s Progress award at a gala hosted last night by Voices of African Mothers, Reed for Hope Foundation and Bethesda Counsel held at the United Nations. Mrs. Obiang was honored for her leadership in social development in the country and her contributions to improving the standard of living of Equatorial Guinea’s women and children.

Mrs. Obiang will also become chairman of the board of Voice of African Mothers.

The First Lady has led the efforts in her country to promote social development and has helped change societal attitudes toward women in Equatorial Guinea. 

The Millennium Development Goals 2013 Women’s Progress awards recognize  “the unwavering leadership, accomplishments, contributions and commitment of the courageous First Ladies of Africa.”


Nana-Fosu Randall, Voice of African Mothers founder, praised Mrs. Obiang for her exemplary leadership and contributions to making women and children a top priority in Equatorial Guinea. “The First Lady of Equatorial Guinea has done a wonderful job towards women and children promotion. Our board members are honored to have the First Lady as the Chairman of our board.”

In her remarks, the First Lady recounted the country’s efforts to integrate women into the economy and improving the standards of living for children and women.

“I would like to highlight that our fight against marginalization was the inspiration behind the establishment of a non-governmental organization called CANIGE, Committee for the Support of the Equatoguinean Child,” Mrs. Obiang said. With the creation of CANIGE, we assumed the commitment to be fully involved in the care, protection, training and integral promotion of the Equatoguinean child… because we believe they should be the center of our individual and collective efforts in order to obtain the United Nations objectives for the development of the millennium.”

CANIGE promotes and assists with the education of adult women and adolescents. It manages the distribution of medicine and equipment for children’s health, educational and day-care centers.

“Children and women are the core of society, the present and future of all nations,” Mrs. Obiang said. “CANIGE contributes to the reduction of the maternal and children mortality rate and poverty, as well as the social integration of the incapacitated.”

Mrs. Obiang joined other First Ladies of Africa and other women in senior leadership positions to honor the contributions and commitments of African women who are leading and serving the African continent. The honorees have selflessly dedicated themselves to improving the lives of women on the African continent. Together they showed their appreciation for the honorees at the awards gala.

The First Lady called on bilateral partners to work with Equatorial Guinea and support the country in its  efforts to achieve the millennium development goals. Equatorial Guinea’s government has adopted special programs for the promotion and protection of women and children.

In addition to Mrs. Obiang, Denise Bucumi Nkurunzia, Burundi, Antoinette Sassou Nguesso, Republic of Congo-Brazzaville, Monique Kapuwa Kande, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mintou Doucoure Epse Traore, Mali, Dr. Malika Issoufou Mahamadou, Niger, Lisbeth Venetiaan-Vanenber, Suriname, Mama Salma Kikwete, Tanzania and Thankozani Khupe, Zimbabwe were also honored with the Millennium Development Goals 2013 Women’s Progress awards.

The First Lady is the Honorary Chairwoman of CANIGE, member of the National Committee of the Fight against Aids, honorary Vice Chairman of the Association for National Solidarity for the Disabled (ASSONAM) and holds similar positions in associations throughout Africa, such as Mission for Peace of the First Ladies of Central Africa. She has participated in numerous international meetings on women’s rights. The Inter-American University of Humanistic Sciences of Buenos Aires granted the First Lady a Doctor Honoris Causa.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Equatorial Guinea Attends Voices Of African Mothers International Business Forum



Maria Nieves Eyenga, representing Constancia Mangue Nsue de Obiang, First Lady of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, joined African leaders and other women leaders in the second annual International Business Forum, where participants discussed ways to connect businesses with emerging African opportunities.

Michael C. Redmond, CEO of Redmond Worldwide, Jennie Young, Founder of UNESCHAF, Kathleen Yaworsky, Program Assistant for Voss Foundation, and Maria Ellis, President of the AAUW New York City Branch discussed ways to connect businesses with emerging African opportunities in order to increase investment in the continent.

The Equatorial Guinea delegation attended the Voices of African Mothers’ business forum at the UN Millennium Hotel as part of the three days of events leading to the Millennium Development Goals 2013 Women's Progress award gala to be held at the United Nations tomorrow.

Mrs. Obiang’s continuous involvement in activities to promote social development has made her a leading figure in efforts to improve the status of women in Equatorial Guinea. She has created the Equatorial Guinean Child Aid Committee (CANIGE), a non-governmental, non-profit institution that helps children throughout the country. CANIGE also focuses on the fight against juvenile delinquency and has promoted the creation of teaching centers.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Equatorial Guinea's First Lady Joins African Women Leaders in Honoring Their Commitment Towards Women Promotion

Constancia Mangue Nsue de Obiang, First Lady of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, joined First Ladies of Africa to honor the contributions and commitments of African women leaders who are working to improve living standards for women on the African continent.



In her welcoming speech, Mrs. Nana-Fosu Randall, Voice of African Mothers founder, talked about her life working at the UN and her efforts to found Voice of African Mothers. While sharing the story behind the organization she said, “We stand to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves, to help them.”

Mrs. Obiang attended the Voices of African Mothers welcoming reception at the UN Millennium Hotel as part of the three days of events leading to the Millennium Development Goals 2013 Women’s Progress award gala to be held at the United Nations on Thursday, June 13, 2013.

Mrs. Nana-Fasu Randall praised Mrs. Obiang and the other first ladies present for their exemplary leadership and contributions to making women and children a top priority in Africa.

The First Lady has helped change attitudes toward women in Equatorial Guinean society. Educating women is one of her top priorities, and her continuous involvement in activities to promote social development has made her a leading figure in efforts to improve  the status of women in the country and on the African continent. She has also provided many grants and loans through associations that have increased women’s earning power, promoted women entrepreneurs and small businesses, and boosted the contributions of women to the economy.

First Ladies of Mali, Niger, Tanzania, Burundi, and the former First Lady of Suriname and their delegations were also present.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Embassy of Spain in Equatorial Guinea Pays Homage to Sculptor Leandro Mbomio


The Embassy of Spain in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea held a ceremony in honor of the sculptor Leandro Mbomio, on Friday, June 7.

Manuel Gomez-Acebo, the Ambassador of Spain in Equatorial Guinea, made the opening remarks welcoming the scholars, diplomats, artists and family members who attended the event.

Family members and close friends took turns discussing Mbomio’s approach to life and dedication to his work.  According to Teresa Avoro Nguema, Dean of the School of Arts at the National University of Equatorial Guinea, “Mbomio knew how to combine his political, cultural and family responsibilities, and also had the gift of dialogue.”

The President of the Council of Scientific and Technological Research of Equatorial Guinea (CICTE), Anacleto Olo ImbuĂ­, said in his speech that "Leandro Mbomio defines culture as the act of inheriting a permanent spirit of the past and introducing the neutral inputs of other cultural experiences, in other words, bringing them up to date in view of modern requirements.”

In honor of his work and influence on art and culture, Ambassador Gomez-Acebo and some of Mbomio’s family members revealed “Tribal Integration,” a sculptore that will be housed at the Embassy.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Equatorial Guinea Donates One Million Euros to Support Mali


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Equatorial Guinea made a donation of one million Euros to Mali to support its development. The announcement was made during the Donors Conference for the Development of Mali that took place in Brussels last month.

During the conference, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Agapito Mba Mokuy, called on the international community to support and contribute to the stability restoration of Mali. Minister Mokuy expressed his commitment to the development of Mali and the African continent. He called for increased efforts of the international community to restore stability.

The conference focused on ways to mobilize and coordinate the international community to encourage the development of Mali.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Equatorial Guinea Invests in Sustainable Management of Natural Resources


INDEFOR celebrates International Day for Environment Conservation

The government of Equatorial Guinea continues to invest in the sustainable management of natural resources as part of its efforts to promote the environmental laws in the country and move toward a self-sufficient and growing economy.

The National Institute for Forestry Development and Management of Protected Areas (INDEFOR), recently celebrated the International Day for Environment Conservation, to address issues such as protected marine areas, fighting illegal hunting and creating awareness about catching sea turtles in danger of extinction.

Fidel Esono Mba, Director-General of INDEFOR, stressed the importance of conservation and talked about the national parks in EquatorialGuinea and the establishment of the institute, whose goal is to develop and monitor the implementation of management plans and to safeguard the country's biodiversity and natural infrastructures.

Organizations for the protection and conservation of the environment, ANDEGE and UICL CARPE also contributed to the celebration of the International Day for Environment Conservation.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

President Obiang Receives Award for Fight Against Poverty


The President of the African Confederation of Non-Governmental Organizations, Lucien Tape Mambo, honored President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea for his dedication to eradicate poverty.

He presented President Obiang with an award during a ceremony last Friday at the People’s Palace in Malabo. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Agapito Mba Mokuy was also present at the ceremony.

According to Tape Mambo, President Obiang has supported progress within the country along with the development of multiple humanitarian actions within several organizations. The Unesco-Equatorial Guinea Prize for Research in Life Sciences, for example, which was designed to alleviate poverty, has strengthened over time with President Obiang’s support.