DR. ADOLFO OBIANG BIKO’S
LONG-AWAITED SOCIO-POLITICAL HISTORY OF HIS NATIVE COUNTRY
EQUATORIAL GUINEA: FROM SPANISH COLONIALISM TO THE DISCOVERY OF OIL
“Adolfo Obiang Biko’s eyewitness account of Guinea’s transformation from Spanish colony to African oil giant reads like Evelyn Waugh’s Dark Mischief except that Biko is not writing fiction. A government that rivals the horrors of Idi Amin, that threatened to send the U.S. Ambassador back home in a body bag, magically became the darling of Exxon-Mobil and the U.S. Department of State. Why? Oil! Black gold and the emergence of Equatorial Guinea as the Kuwait of Africa. This book details how a brutal oil rich dictator -sad to say- with U.S. assistance, can continue to live the life Riley in Africa”.
- Frank Ruddy, former U.S. Ambassador to Equatorial Guinea.
“Until quite recently, Equatorial Guinea and the thuggish, corrupt regime of Teodoro Obiang were international pariahs. But after the country struck oil a few years ago, the United States and other world powers began cozying up to a government that will soon be the third largest petroleum producer in sub-Saharan Africa. In this remarkable book, the prominent opposition leader Adolfo Obiang Biko traces the history of Equatorial Guinea from the days of Spanish colonialism through the current oil boom, and lays bare the ugly face of America’s new African partner”.
- Ken Silverstein, Washington Editor of Harper’s magazine.
“A rich book, with so much information and many documents; a very useful contribution to the effort in writing the history of Equatorial Guinea, and the fight to remove the dictatorship…”
- Prof. Max Liniger-Goumaz, co-editor Genève-Afrique
“Equatorial Guinea: From Spanish Colonialism to the Discovery of Oil is a book that rouses emotions. Since reading it, I have been reliving our history and remembering all the obstacles we faced in our struggle for the cause of our country. Adolfo Obiang Biko’s book is an extraordinary document, the best rationale of a political party opposed to the “desperate situation” that the people of Equatorial Guinea have suffered, who have never known freedom because for centuries they have only suffered exploitation: first by the evil Spanish colonialism and, now, by the neocolonialism reincarnated in Macias-Obiang Nguema’s clan. I believe this book to be a serious invitation to the foreign business interests exploiting the country to reconsider the Guinean problem”.
- Eugenio Nkogo Ondo, Ph.D., a native of Equatorial Guinea, philosopher, researcher and writer, Leon, Spain.
EQUATORIAL GUINEA: FROM SPANISH COLONIALISM TO THE DISCOVERY OF OIL
By Dr. Adolfo Obiang Biko
In recent years Equatorial Guinea has grown for several reasons – International businesses covet its rich natural resources, including oil and natural gas. Drug enforcement agencies follow reports that it is a distribution center of illegal drugs to the United States and Western Europe. The country has been in turmoil for decades but reliable accounts of its history, including its roots as a Spanish colony, are lacking.
Equatorial Guinea: From Spanish Colonialism to the Discovery of Oil provides an insider’s perspective of the country that intrigued the readers and critics of Harper Collin’s basic book, Tropical Gangsters.
The only surviving fragment of the once vast Spanish territories in West Africa, Equatorial Guinea threw off the Spanish colonial yoke in 1968 but still struggles with despotic African rulers who absorbed the worst elements of Spanish colonialism and combined then with the crudities of egotistical, neophyte politicians.
The author and his family have been witnesses and victims to the murders, struggles, abuses, upheavals, corruption and political maneuvering that have been part of the history of Equatorial Guinea. He was one of the leaders in the fight for independence from Spanish rule, and a negotiator and signatory of the independence charter at the United Nations.
Well known in Africa, Europe, Asia, the United States and Latin America as the president of MONALIGE, the major opposition party in the country, the author offers this history as a testament to “those times” so that the readers and scholars around the world can uncover the reality of the Spanish colonial system of government and the political and social tragedy of today’s Equatorial Guinea. The detailed historical data, index, glossary and other reference material and more than sixty documentary photographs, many never before published, give support for a greater depth of understanding.
HISTORIC ACCOUNT OF OPPRESSED AFRICAN NATION BROUGHT TO LIFE BY A MAN WHO HELPED SHAPE ITS HISTORY
Reports of personal wealth-building and human rights abuses by Equatorial Guinean leader Teodoro Obiang Nguema continue to be documented by leading international observers like the United Nations, Human Rights Watch, and the United States government, itself.
Now, one of the only men to have been on the front lines of Equatorial Guinea’s struggle for colonial independence and to observe first-hand its more than 40-year domination by a criminally corrupt patriarchal regime, brings to light his explosive account of the promise for Guinean independence and the sins of the nation’s dictatorial government.
In Equatorial Guinea: From Spanish Colonialism to the Discovery of Oil, Dr. Adolfo Obiang Biko chronicles the definitive history of this West African nation and exposes previously undocumented crimes of the nation’s current government against its people and the world.
Biko, a Guinean and signer of Equatorial Guinea’s Magna Carta of Independence, is the first of his countrymen to publish such a complete, fact-filled work, substantiated by dozens of never-before published photographs and copies of personal and political documents collected during his years as president of MONALIGE, the Guinean opposition party inside Equatorial Guinea and abroad.
“Adolfo Obiang Biko’s eyewitness account of Equatorial Guinea’s transformation from Spanish colony to African oil giant reads like Evelyn Waugh’s Dark Mischief except that Biko is not writing fiction,” says Frank Ruddy, former U.S. Ambassador to Equatorial Guinea.
Dr. Biko’s book comes at a critical time for Equatorial Guinea’s populace whose per capita gross domestic product is among the highest in the world and yet whose socioeconomic conditions are documented to be among the worst.
In its 2011 World Report, published in January of the same year, Human Rights Watch -one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights- confirms that “Equatorial Guinea remains mired in corruption, poverty, and repression under the leadership of Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, the country’s president for over 30 years. Vast oil revenues fund lavish lifestyles for the small elite surrounding the president, while the majority of the population lives in dire poverty.”
Biko’s historical perspective, insight into narco-trafficking and U.S. oil-profit exploits, and hope for the Guinean people makes a compelling read for anyone interested in the history of Western Africa, the complexity of U.S. corporate and ideological foreign policy, and the plight of the Guinean people.
[In PDF and our website, 328 pages, 87 historical photographs (some in color), many political documents, historical data, glossary, pronunciation key and index: 19.95Є ($26.00 U.S.A.)].
NAKED LIKE THE OTHERS
IN PRISON IN GABON
DR. ADOLFO OBIANG BIKO
“…it is a first class book. The reader lives vicariously the true story of an Equatoguinean-American citizen, arrested in the dead of night and thrown naked into a malarial Gabonese prison where he faces a slow, agonizing death if he stays where he is, and torture and death if a neighboring dictator succeeds in his extradition to Africa’s Gulag Archipelago”.
Frank Ruddy, former U.S. Ambassador to Equatorial Guinea.
[IN PDF AND OUR WEBSITE: 248 pages, 37 photographs and documents (some in color): 15.95Є ($21.00 U.S.A.)].
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