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Equatorial Guinea

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Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Obiang’s son offers Equatorial Guinea’s national team a bonus of $6,7m if they beat Spain in friendly

We’re beginning to think the higher-ups at the Spanish FA didn’t really prepare themselves for what they were getting themselves into when they decided to schedule–at short notice–a meaningless friendly football match for La Roja against a group of mostly Brazilian professionals (sorry Equatorial Guinea’s national team) in Malabo. When the announcement was first made

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Obiang Who?

Amidst the worst economic and social crisis Spain can remember, there is an iconic institution living its most glorious days. The Spanish national football team, commonly remembered in the past for sour losses and unforgettable mistakes, has...

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Football and Dictatorships

World and European champions Spain will play Equatorial Guinea in a friendly in Malabo on November 16th. We can only speculate as to why Spain is playing this match. There’s of course history: Spain once colonized Equatorial...

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

Who hasn’t lip synced to Toto’s “Africa”? Latest: crew of oil supply ship off Equatorial Guinea coast

At last count there were about 140,000 covers of the 1980s American rock band Toto’s song “Africa” on Youtube.  And then there’s all the remixes or samples by more recognized performers.  Just as a sample: R&B crooner...

Friday, December 28th, 2012

10 Contested Images of 2012

Remember that little video campaign called #Kony2012? Yeah, we wish we could forget too. Few videos have reached the magnitude of pestilence that the non-profit Invisible Children’s video achieved this year. By transforming a complex regional crisis...

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

The Lagos preacher and the football final

When it comes to football punditry, hindsight is the easy way out. So while your very own and brave AIAC published a  top 10 list of African footballers who could emerge this year way back in early January,...

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

Of Football Underdogs and Politricks

The knockout phase of the Cup of Nations started this weekend and by next Sunday we’ll have a new champion. Events in Port Said, along with the Zimbabwean match-fixing scandal have made it a dreadful week for...

Monday, December 12th, 2011

The Economist’s Africa

In May 2000 The Economist ran a cover story: "Africa. The Hopeless Continent." People talked about it for a while afterward. It spawned countless op-eds about Afro-pessimism and -optimism. It even became the basis for...

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Demba Ba

Demba Ba has a habit of falling to his knees post-goal and praying.

Monday, October 31st, 2011

“I don’t go for third terms”

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Independence Day in Equatorial Guinea

What’s to celebrate on independence day in the land of the current chairman of the African Union? Not much, when reading what Guinean writer (in exile) Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel publishes on his blog. Or it should...

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

The Emperor Needs New Clothes

Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, posing here with President Barack Obama and their respective wives, has been Life President of Equatorial Guinea for 32 years. He is facing increasing pressure both at home and abroad. To counter this...

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Don’t mention Libya

Zimbabwe’s regime got so nervous about events in North Africa, that police arrested and tortured 45 people watching videotaped footage of the protests in Egypt. Meanwhile, other countries on the continent have a total news blackout on...

Friday, November 27th, 2009

The Dictator’s Son

The New York Times recently (I am catching up on blogging this weekend) ran a front page story (complete with incriminating documents posted online) on the reasons why Teodoro Nguema Obiang, minister of agriculture and son of...

Monday, September 7th, 2009

Weekend Links

So as usual, a bunch of links–new as well as ones–that have piled up in my bookmarks folder. First, some good news: a Sudanese court only fined–but did not flog–Lubna Hussein, the woman who wore jeans in...