I have had a fascination with Equatorial Guinea and its Spanish colonial past ever since I chose to read Equatoguinean authors such as Donato Ndongo-Bidyogo and María Nsue Angüe as coursework for my master’s degree. Donato Ndongo-Bidyogo is a visiting scholar at the University of Missouri-Columbia, by the way. I chose to read those authors after I attended a conference session by Chad Montuori about the Equatoguinean literature.
I would love to create a lesson or lessons that somehow involve this former Spanish colony. The conference presenter had some very good poems and a short story that I think would work in conjunction with works such as “Balada de los dos abuelos” by Nicolás Guillén. One problem I am having is that I only have the photocopied conference packet because I cannot find the books available for purchase. One poem by Anacleto Oló Mbuy that I would like to use is “Hispania” from a book called Antología de la literatura guineana.
For now, I want to share the resources I have compiled for Guinea Ecuatorial, and hopefully one day I will be able to blog about the lesson that I created. 🙂
The online magazine Veinte Mundos has just released an article related to Guinea Ecuatorial at http://www.veintemundos.com/magazines/127-en/
Here is another article from Veinte Mundos about the writer Donato Ndongo-Bidyogo http://www.veintemundos.com/magazines/112-en/
Zachary Jones has Equatoguinean music on his Zambobazo site at http://zachary-jones.com/zambombazo/pequeno-corazon-de-africa/
RTVE has a documentary from the perspective of the Spanish who were forced to leave in 1968 at http://www.rtve.es/alacarta/videos/cronicas/cronicas-guinea-sueno-colonial/724500/
Global Voices en español has several articles at http://es.globalvoicesonline.org/?s=guinea+ecuatorial
This video looks promising https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhWKsV7Hax4
This is just a 1-minute video that gives a quick overview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2D7vO9wq0o
A magazine with audio about Guinea Ecuatorial for Spanish students: http://www.delearte.com/2013/12/el-mundo-con-ene-guinea-ecuatorial-n8.html
Here is a list of films from Guinea Ecuatorial: http://remezcla.com/lists/film/films-of-equatorial-guinea-africas-only-spanish-speaking-country/
This site is in English, but I like the nice overview of the country that it provides http://www.everyculture.com/wc/Costa-Rica-to-Georgia/EquatorialGuineans.html
Another informative, though disheartening, article from 2003 that was a “60 Minutes” episode, but I cannot locate the video: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/kuwait-of-africa/
If there are any existing lessons in Spanish about Equatorial Guinea, I would love to find out about them; please send them my way!