LONDON, November 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Last night saw the launch of London's first Afro-Hispanic Cultural Exhibition in London, hosted by the embassy of Equatorial Guinea which marked the 45th anniversary of the country's independence.
The exhibition was opened by Guillermina Mekuy Mba Obono, the Minister of Culture and Tourism, and visitors were introduced to the diverse culture and heritage of Equatorial Guinea, the only African country to have experienced Hispanic influences.
The launch featured performances from leading Equatoguinean musicians, traditional dancing, and an exhibition of painting and sculpture. A number of artists exhibited their work and a special tribute was paid to the most famous sculptor of Equatorial Guinea, Leandro Mbomio, who recently passed away.
Equatorial Guinea's Ambassador to London, Mari-Cruz Evuna Andeme said, "I am thrilled that this important exhibition is opening in London to showcase culture and art that combines African traditions with Hispanic influences. I truly believe that art is a common language which can help bring people together and enhance mutual co-operation and I hope that this exhibition will help to develop understanding of my country here in the UK."
The event was attended by ambassadors and high commissioners from across Africa, a number of European embassy officials, MPs, press and civil society representatives, and a wide variety of individuals and companies with an interest in Africa and its culture.
The exhibition continues until 6 November, 2013.
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About the Afro Hispanic Cultural Exhibition
The Afro-Hispanic Cultural exhibition displays the rich culture of Equatorial Guinea, combining African traditions and Spanish influences. Every part of the culture fuses the cult of ancestors and gods with Catholicism. The exhibition features work from artists including Ballet Ceiba, Banda Desmali, Juan Carlos Buerberi and Ghuty Mamae including traditional masks, paintings and sculptures. The exhibition is taking place until November 6 at Pall Mall Gallery, 30, Royal Opera Arcade, London, SW1Y 4UY.
About Equatorial Guinea
The Republic of Equatorial Guinea received its independence from Spain on October 12, 1968. It is the only Spanish-speaking nation in Africa. Other commonly spoken languages are pidgin English, Fang, Bubi, Combe, Bissio and Annabonese. The country consists of a mainland territory, Rio Muni, which is bordered by Cameroon to the north, and Gabon to the east and the south. Five small islands, Bioko, Corisco, Annobon, Small Elobey and Great Elobey, are also part of the country. The capital is Malabo, located on the Island of Bioko. Equatorial Guinea is the third largest oil producer in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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SOURCE The Embassy of Equatorial Guinea