Famous people from Equatorial Guinea
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Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo
Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo is an Equatoguinean politician who has been President of Equatorial Guinea since 1979. He ousted his uncle, dictator Francisco Macías Nguema, in an August 1979 military coup and has overseen Equatorial Guinea's emergence as an important oil producer, beginning in the 1990s. Obiang was Chairperson of the African Union from 31 January 2011 to 29 January 2012. Obiang is Africa's longest serving leader, having been in power for three decades. Equatorial Guinea is one of the continent’s largest producers of oil, but ranks very poorly in the United Nations human development index; the vast majority of Equatorial Guineans hardly have access to clean drinking water.
Álvaro Cervera Díaz is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a winger, and the current coach of CD Tenerife.
Eva Ngui Nchama is a Paralympian athlete from Spain competing mainly in category T12 sprint events. She has competed at three Paralympic Games, 2004 Summer Paralympics, 2008 Summer Paralympics and 2012 Summer Paralympics, and earned a pair bronze medals, both coming at the 2008 Games
Severo Moto Nsá
Severo Matías Moto Nsá, known as Severo Moto, is the most notable opposition politician in Equatorial Guinea, and leader of the Progress Party of Equatorial Guinea. He lives in Spain where he has established a government in exile, to the annoyance of President Teodoro Obiang Nguema. Born at Acock in Rio Muni, Moto trained to become a Catholic priest. Under President Francisco Macías Nguema, he was a radio operator and newspaper editor during the 1970s, but he was eventually placed under house arrest and was not released until Obiang overthrew Macias in 1979. Obiang initially entrusted Moto with a series of important jobs: he represented Equatorial Guinea at the Non-Aligned Movement's summit in Havana in September 1979, he was appointed as Technical Director at the Ministry of Information and Tourism in 1980, and he was promoted to the post of Minister of Information and Tourism in 1981. However, Moto and President Obiang had a falling-out shortly thereafter, apparently due to disagreement over policy and Moto's preference for reforms to allow more openness; he fled Equatorial Guinea in December 1981 and settled in Spain, where he remained active as an opposition leader in exile.
Pedro Jacinto Elá Ayana Eyene, known as Elá, is an Equatoguinean retired footballer who played as a right winger.
Emilio Buale Coka
Emilio Buale Coka is an Equatorial Guinean-Spanish actor of Bubi descent.
Francisco Salvador Elá, commonly known as Chupe, is an Equatoguinean professional footballer who plays for Kazincbarcikai SC in Hungary, as a striker.
Genoveva Añonma Nze is an Equatoguinean footballer who plays as a forward. She played in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, scoring Equatorial Guinea's only two goals in the tournament. She was included in the All-Star Team, becoming the first African player to earn this distinction. Añonma played in her country and South Africa before signing for Bundesliga team USV Jena in 2009. She was the team's top scorer in both seasons she spent in Jena. Following the World Cup she signed for defending champions Turbine Potsdam. Prior to the World Cup, Añonma and two other Equatoguinean players had been accused of being male by opponents. Añonma rejected the allegations and was shown by a gender test to be female. She became the first foreigner to win the Bundesliga top-scorer award when she scored 22 goals in the 2011–12 season. In 2012 she was named African Women Footballer of the Year.
Juan Simeón Esono
Juan Simeón Esono is an Equatoguinean former footballer who played as a striker. He is nicknamed Bohobo.
William Napolean Barleycorn, born in Santa Isabel, Fernando Po, Spanish Guinea and a Krio Fernandino of Igbo descent, was a Primitive Methodist missionary who went to Fernando Po in Africa in the early 1880s. From there, he traveled to Edinburgh University.
Miguel Jones Castillo is a former Spanish footballer who played as a midfielder for SD Indautxu and Atlético Madrid during the 1950s and 1960s. Although born in Spanish Guinea, now known as Equatorial Guinea, Jones grew up in Bilbao. He began his career with local side, SD Indautxu, where his team mates included the veteran Lezama and another emerging young player, Jesús María Pereda. Jones and Pereda, and later a third Indautxu player, José Eulogio Gárate, were all controversially rejected by Athletic Bilbao because of their birthplaces. Jones eventually joined Atlético Madrid where under coach José Villalonga he was a prominent member of an Atlético team that also included Enrique Collar and Adelardo. He played in two successive Copa del Generalísimo finals for Atlético against Real Madrid in 1960 and 1961. Atlético won on both occasions and in the 1960 final Jones scored the opening goal in a 3-1 victory. He made a third appearance in a Copa final in 1964 as Atlético lost 2-1 to Real Zaragoza. Jones also played for Atlético in two successive European Cup Winners Cup finals in 1962 and 1963. He scored again in the 1962 final as Atlético beat AC Fiorentina 3-0 after a replay but finished on the losing side when they lost 5-1 to Tottenham Hotspur in 1963. He also won a La Liga title with Atlético in 1966.
Gus Envela, Jr.
Gustavo Bodjedi Envela-Mahua Jr. is an Equatoguinean former sprinter, actor, and political hopeful, currently based in Washington, D.C., United States. He also holds American citizenship. In 2011, Envela was charged with theft and forgery in Pennsylvania.
Benjamín Manuel Enzema Owono is an Equatoguinean athlete. In the Men's 1500m at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics, he set a personal best time of 4:13.17. Enzema also broke the Men's 800m record in the Men's 800m event at the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships and broke it again at the 2012 African Championships in Athletics. He competed in the Men's 800m event at the 2012 Summer Olympics but was eliminated in the first round.
Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel
Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel is an Annobonese writer from Equatorial Guinea. He migrated to Spain in protest of the current government in Equatorial Guinea.
Malabo Lopelo Melaka
Malabo Löpèlo Mëlaka or King Malabo I, born on the island of Fernando Po, was the son of former Bubi king Moka and served as king between 1904 until his death in 1937, during the Bahítáari Dynasty. One of his three sons, Francisco Malabo Beosá was a successor to the royal throne as well as the final heir to the Bubi Kingdom. Prior to his reign, King Malabo I served as the secretary to Sas-Ebuera from 1899 until 1904. When King Esáasi Eweera was arrested by Spanish authorities and detained in 1903 for one year. King Malabo I, along with his brother, Lopelo Malabo Bioko, lost faith that an anti-colonial front against the reigning Spanish authority would come into fruition. Despite not having full political influence, King Malabo I symbolically served as the King of Bioko Island during his reign. His administration conducted bureaucratic gestures such as thanking Francisco Alimama Kashu, a native of Hyderabad, India, for his collaborating with local farms in improving farming techniques by giving him a 10-acre plot of land in the village of Moka. Alimama Kashu eventually settled in Moka and married into the Malabo family.
Felipe Ovono Ovono Mbang, is an Equatoguinean football goalkeeper. He plays from 2009 for CD Elá Nguema in the Equatoguinean Premier League. An Equatoguinean international, he was part of the squad at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.
Pelayo "Papuchi" Eribo Cubacuba is a retired Equatoguinean football striker.
David García Mitogo
David Edu García Mitogo is an Equatoguinean footballer who plays for CA Bembibre in Spain, as a forward.
María Nsué Angüe
María Nsué Angüe is a noted contemporary Equatorial Guinean writer and former Minister of Education and Culture.
Donato Ndongo-Bidyogo is an Equatorial Guinean writer/journalist and part of a movement of young Afro-descended authors who have contributed their African experience and traditions to Hispanic culture.
Delfín Mosibe Esara, sportingly known as Delfi, is an Equatoguinean footballer. He plays for Werribee City in the Australian third division as a midfielder.
Anselmo Eyegue Nfono, known as Anselmo is an Equatoguinean football striker, who plays for UE La Jonquera in Primera Catalana.
José Bokung Alogo, also known as Colin, is an Equatoguinean amateur football defender. He currently plays for Deportivo Mongomo in the Equatoguinean Premier League.
Leandro Mbomio Nsue
Don Leandro Mbomio Nsue, born 5 January 1938, died 12 November 2012 at Evinayong, Spanish Guinea, is an Equatorial Guinean sculptor and artist, and former minister of Education and minister of information, tourism, art and culture. In October 2007 Mbomio was nominated Ambassador for Peace by the UNESCO, he has several knighthoods including one from the French Republic for merit to art. Leandro studied art in Spain where he lived in exile for many years during the Franco period. He always favoured a Free Equatorial Guinea, and in 1979 he took possession by force of the Former Embassy of Equatorial Guinea in Madrid. When the New President called on him he left all for Equatorial Guinea. He is an African Partisan and has always been next to President Teodoro Obiang. He lives in Malabo and he is the President of the Council of Science and Technology of Equatorial Guinea and organ of the Presidency of Equatorial Guinea.
Gregorio Manuel Salvador
Gregorio Manuel Salvador Elá, also known as Gregorio, is an Equatoguinean football defender, who plays for Ahumada in the Almería's Group of the Andalusian Regional Preferente.
Pablo Armando Esono Edjo, better known as Justice, is an Equatoguinean football striker, who currently and playing for
Olympic Track and field Athlete
Bibiana Martina Olama Mangue is an Equatorial Guinean athlete. She competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the 100 metres hurdles event. She was flag bearer for the Equatorial Guinea team. She also competed in heptathlons.
Juan Pablo Mbela
Juan Pablo Mbela Roku is a former Equatoguinean football striker. His last club was CO Saint-Pierre in the second division of Réunion.
Edward Thaddeus Barleycorn Barber
Edward Thaddeus Barleycorn Barber was born on 1 July 1865 in the Spanish colonized capital city of Santa Isabel on the island of Fernando Po in West Africa. He was one of the first black people in York and is presumably linked with William N Barleycorn, the first native Primitive Methodist Minister in Fernando Po. Other leading Creole families in Fernando Po around this time included the Barber family, as well as Davis, Barleycorn, Vivour, Kinson, Dougan, Balboa, Knox, Coker and Collins, although an ancestral link has been suggested with Francis Barber, Samuel Johnson's man-servant.
Cruz Melchor Eya Nchama
Cruz Melchor Eya Nchama is a judge at the Court of Geneva. Justice Eya Nchama currently serves as a "judge assessor" at the Conciliation Commission for Leases and Rents, which is where rental and lodging/housing matters are adjudicated. Prior to his current role, he was an elected Swiss politician. He is also a writer and well-known Human Rights activist within the international human rights community as well as being a prominent person within the Swiss/Geneva Canton. Eya Nchama studied at the Complutense University of Madrid. He was head of the research department of the Graduate Institute of Development Studies attached to the University of Geneva and an advisor to the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. He is head of the Anti-Racism Information Service While in exile in the early 1970s, Eya Nchama and others founded the ANRD, which would be the main opposition to the Equatorial Guinean dictatorship. He was a fervent opponent of Macías Nguema, succeeding in 1976 to break the forced silence on the subject by then fascist Spanish government, presenting a detailed report to the UN Human Rights Commission. After the fall of Macías Nguema and the succession by Obiang in September 1979, he coined the phrase "it's the same dog with a different collar", which gained him considerable notability.
Juanjo Muko Nsue
Juan José Muko Nsue Nzang, known as Juanjo Muko or simply Juanjo is an Equatoguinean football striker, who the last season played for Atlético de Madrid Juvenil A.
Pedro Lino Iyanga Bama, known as Lino, is an Equatoguinean football defender. He currently plays for the Villaverde in the Spanish Preferente de la Comunidad de Madrid.
Juan Carlos Ecomba
Juan Carlos Ecomba is a retired Equatoguinean football striker. Due to the civil wars in his natal country, he should have gone into exile in Argentina. In this South American country, he played for Nueva Chicago, Deportivo Riestra, JJ Urquiza, Chacarita Juniors and Lugano.
Lino Sima Ekua Avomo
Lino Sima Ekua Avomo is the Permanent Representative of Equatorial Guinea to the United Nations. He presented his credentials to Secretary-General Kofi Annan on 21 May 2003.
Miguel Ángel Boriba Elembo, known as Boriba, is an Equatoguinean football defender. He currently plays for Lugo Fuenlabrada in the Spanish Preferente de la Comunidad de Madrid.
Camilo Lucas Nvo Engonga, known as Camilo or Engonga, is an Equatoguinean football midfielder, who plays for Isla Cristina in the Group 1 of the Andalusian First Division.
Pablo Ndong Esi
Pablo Ndong Esi, better known as Boyas, was an Equatoguinean football goalkeeper and manager.
Casiano Mba is an Equatoguinean footballer.
Carlos Nvomo Mangue is an Equatoguinean football midfielder, who plays for Deportivo Mongomo in the First Division.
Miguel Mba is an Equatoguinean football goalkeeper. He played with his national team against Gabon in two matches corresponding to the Africa Cup of Nations 2000 Qualifying. He also played against Congo in two matches corresponding to the World Cup 2002 Qualifying.
Emiliana Mangue is an Equatoguinean footballer who played in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.
Nick Moundounga is a Gabonese football player.
Angelo Torres is an actor.