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Malabo is the largest city in, and capital of, Equatorial Guinea. It is located on the island of Bioko.

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  • Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program, Moka, Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea. Visitors, including tourists and school children, are welcome to stop in for educational programs. A striking series of 4 backlit posters, designed by BBPP’s Outreach Coordinator Jessica Weinberg and funded by a grant from the International Primate Protection League illustrate the importance of controlling the bushmeat trade. Post cards featuring Bioko Island wildlife, also the work of Jessica Weinberg, are for sale.

Research Center staff can arrange for guides to the local attractions (the Cascades of the Ilyadi River and the Pico Biao Crater Lake). Because of its cool climate and central location, Moka is the ideal place from which to explore and study Bioko Island's rich flora and fauna.

  • http://www.cuadernoscervantes.com/art_44_guinea.htmlUniversidad Nacional de Guinea Ecuatorial, Luba Road. UNGE’s campus surrounds a common grass covered area with a statue of Teodoro Obiang, the current president of Equatorial Guinea. The original buildings on the UNGE campus were built by the Spanish when the Spanish governed the island. The original buildings reflect a Spanish colonial architectural style with frequent use of arches and low sprawling buildings. The classrooms in the older part of the university are arranged in a semi-circle around the lawn. There is a new building on the south side of the university built in a more modern style. The walls are light colored and reflective, reducing the amount of passive solar heat produced in the building. The rooms are large and have large windows, which take advantage of natural lighting. The building is square and glossy.

Aula 5 has a long tile-covered table down the center and a desk-height shelf wide enough to hold desktop computers on the two long walls in the room. These shelves hold three Internet-equipped computers. These computers are connected to the campus Internet via Ethernet cords and can connect more reliably than computers using the wireless connection. There are two air conditioning units and four fans in the classroom. A blackboard, white board and outlets to plug in computers and the program’s projector provide a variety of choices for lecture format for professors and guest lecturers. There are three computer labs on campus, including the one used by the study abroad program. Wireless Internet is available intermittently on campus, provided by the university. The air conditioning units in Aula 5 were replaced midway through the quarter. The new units kept the room cool as long as the electricity was on at the school. Although the school has a generator to back up city power, there were times when city power went out and the generator was not turned on. There is a small library at the university.

Cathedral de Malabo

Malabo City Hall

Universidad Nacional de Guinea Ecuatorial (UNGE)

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About Malabo

History

The city was first founded by the British in 1827, who leased the island from Spain during the colonial period. Named Port Clarence, it was used as a naval station in the effort to suppress the slave trade. Many newly freed slaves were also settled there, prior to the establishment of Sierra Leone as a colony for freed slaves. While many of them later relocated to Sierra Leone, some of their descendants, called Fernandinos, can still be found in Malabo and the surrounding area, where they constitute a distinct ethnic group, speaking their own Afro-Portuguese pidgin dialect. When the island reverted to complete Spanish control, Malabo was renamed Santa Isabel. It was chosen to replace the mainland town of Bata as the capital of the country in 1969, and was renamed Malabo in 1973 as part of President Francisco Macías Nguema's campaign to replace European place names with "authentic" African ones.

During his "reign of terror," Macías Nguema led a near-genocide of the country's Bubi minority, which formed the majority on Bioko Island, and brought many of his own tribespeople, the Fang, to Malabo. In the final years of his rule, when Equatorial Guinea was sometimes known as the "Auschwitz of Africa," much of the city's population fled as, indeed, did about one-third of the country's population. Malabo has yet to recover from the scars of that period.

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  • Deme's Favorite Chicken Place, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. Get the fried plantain (sweet is better) and chicken. Top with picante and mayonnaise.


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