Equatorial Guinea is an extraordinary country consisting of five volcanic outlying islands and the beautiful Rio Muni island. It is an oil producer and one of the top ten destinations in Africa for bird watching tours. Capital Malabo, also on Bioko Island, is a vital hub for the national economy. Its Salim Ali beach also draws many dry-season tourists.
Like most African countries, the real estate market in Equatorial Guinea remains fairly active. Buying property is not difficult and there are many luxurious properties available at affordable prices. The west coast is the hotspot for investment with some of the best beach resorts and hotels in Africa right on the beach. This is another reason why Malabo and its nearby towns and cities are popular with both holidaymakers and foreign investors. They have everything from beachfront villas to secluded mansions on the west coast.
Equatorial Guinea’s north coast has some of the finest beaches in Africa. The north coast of Equatorial Guinea also offers fabulous wildlife watching and diving opportunities. Two unique wrecks off the north coast of Equatorial Guinea, one of them containing over two hundred thousand sea animals, attract a number of dive enthusiasts each year. The Gaboroe area is also a popular spot for bird watchers and natural park rangers peruse the rainforests and mountains around Gaboroe every day. One of the world’s largest known Sahara granite field is located just north of Gaborone.
President Ollie Obiang Nguema is the leader of the People’s Republic of Equatorial Guinea (PDF). He has taken over from former President Tuffelu Tubahihi who became incapacitated due to term limits in 2021. The current affairs in Equatorial Guinea are governed under a transitional center-party, which is made up of an elected board of trustees and other representatives. The transition council was set up by the two leaders to manage the transition process, which has included a transitional president for a period of six months. The first elected president was elected in January 2021 and is Mr. Adama Aluko. The new constitution, which took effect in March 2021 includes many changes from the previous constitution including a limited executive presidency, term limits for the prime ministers and cabinet members, an upper chamber of the house of assembly with limited powers, and a unicameral legislature.
The people of Equatorial Guinea celebrate national holidays which are different in every country, but they all tend to be colorful and joyous. The most popular holiday in Equatorial Guinea is “Sanusiastico” or Christmas, which falls on December. This is the first national holiday that is celebrated with both Muslims and Christians. Sanusiastico is also the first holiday that is officially recognized as a national holiday in Guinea. The festivities include parades, processions, cultural exhibits, and feasts.
During the celebration of Sanusiastico, children are allowed to visit the Church of Our Lady of Fatima in Cautious, where the remains of the Virgin Mary are kept. A large celebration is organized by the people and heads of different communities to exchange gifts. There is great excitement in this part of Africa because of the presence of foreign tourists. Many foreign businessmen come to Guinea and do business in Guinea-Bissau. Most European companies operating in Africa are of Portuguese origin and they build new factories in Guinea-Bissau to process raw materials and to employ local workers.
In Equatorial Guinea there are also two ethnic groups namely the brunettes and the blacks who do not follow any particular culture. The blacks are the largest population of the country whereas the brunettes make up about 40% of the total population. There are many ethnic minority groups in Equatorial Guinea, including the Bushmen, the Turko Arabs, the Moroccans, the Berbers, and the Croakers. All these groups live in relative peace and harmony with other local inhabitants.
There is general peace in Equatorial Guinea and the government has promised to maintain racial harmony. The only major ethnic group, which has staged an ethnic conflict is the Berber people who have been known to attack the white settlers. However, all of these problems have been overcome and the country has established long-term relations with the mainland guinea people. The main language of Equatorial Guinea is Guarriole which is spoken by about a million people including the more than three hundred thousand inhabitants who are speakers of the coast language Babaloure. A very old language known as Guerre which is still being used in Guinea-Bissau is also spoken by the mainland people.