Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea locationEquatorial Guinea is a very small country on the west coast of Africa. It is the only country in Africa where Spanish is an official language.

Independence from Spain was achieved in 1968. The country was ruled for the first 11 years by a man named Nguema. In 1979, his nephew staged a military coup, killed his uncle, and has ruled ever since.

Oil was discovered in 1996 and today the country is the third-largest producer of oil in sub-Saharan Africa. Of course, all this money is creating political tensions, including a failed coup attempt in 2004 reportedly backed financially by Mark Thatcher, son of the former British Prime Minister.

Equatorial Guinea on Wikipedia

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