Equatorial Guinea celebrates Independence Day in New York
HARLEM, N.Y. — The Republic of Equatorial Guinea Permanent Mission to the United Nations hosted Oct. 30 a reception for the celebration of the 44th Anniversary of Accession of National Independence.
“For African Americans, Equatorial Guinea’s 44th Anniversary marks our return to the motherland,” said Victor Mooney, a Queens resident and AIDS activist.
According to Mooney, a guest at the reception, Equatorial Guinea’s leadership has lit the way to bring Africans in the Diaspora together.
“President Obiang has turned on the light and I plan to carry it across the Atlantic Ocean in the ‘Spirit of Malabo’ — a 5,000-mile transatlantic row from Las Palmas, Canary Islands to New York City later this year for an AIDS-free generation,” Mooney said.
Equatorial Guinea has evolved into one of the most prominent meeting places for African and African Americans. In August, they hosted the Ninth Leon H. Sullivan Summit and recently the International Leadership Conference, which was co-sponsored by Equatorial Guinea, GB Energy and the World Mayors Conference in the capital city of Malabo.
At the conference with an emphasis specifically to the African Diaspora and the importance of uniting people on two continents, President Teodoro Obiang, head of state, said, “Let’s work together for a better future, to unite what others have separated.” During his speech, President Obiang stressed the importance of this strategic meeting between Africans and African Americans, recalling the commitment of Equatorial Guinea to “grant citizenship to African Americans wishing to settle here, either to work or do business.”