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August 25th, 2009
Once Upon a Coup
History of Equatorial Guinea

Few people can find Equatorial Guinea on a map; the tiny country is located on the western coast of Africa and is slightly smaller than Maryland. It has grown in importance since 1995 when vast oil reserves were discovered in the Gulf of Guinea. Scroll through the interactive timeline below and click on the “+” signs to learn about Equatorial Guinea’s colonial past, transition to independence under a brutal dictator, and ongoing wealth disparity amid new oil revenue.

  • Karen Lawrence

    THis would make a great movie and that’s probably the only way most people would ever find out about this because there just isn’t enough NEWS, especially international news, that is even touched on by other stations. They don’t know what they’re missing. Thank you for brining relevant, exciting news coverage to the rest of us.eing

  • Josiane Connor


  • AK

    Excellent stuff. For all the talk about human rights on the one hand, and sovereignty on the other, HYPOCRISY remains the only real constant in world politics.

  • Thomas Trappler

    When I was in the UCLA Screenwriting Program I wrote a screenplay about the situation in Equatorial Guinea. That screenplay won UCLA’s Best Screenplay of the Year award that year and got me my first agent at William Morris. If anyone is interested in more information about this screenplay, please feel free to contact me at

  • La Pimpinela Escarlata

    The opresed part of Ecuatorial Guinea are the bubies, the ones from BIOKO island where the oil is, and also the bubies are literate, the fang were illiterate when they come to power, the bubies wanted the autodetermination and not to be ruled by illiterated this is why Macias killed all the literate bubies, the fangs are the Obaing Nguema’s clan actiually, Obiang is a fang. To talk about Autodetermination in Bioko is not permited and is a cause of execution and arrest. HELP!

  • Pat

    Sounds like the bad old colonial days were not so bad after all. That appears to be particulary true in Africa.

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