The new executive of the Obiang Nguema Mbasogo Amilcar Cabral Cultural Foundation (FUCONMAC) has met in order to look at various matters relating to the institution’s activities. The meeting took place at the Equatoguinean Cultural Centre in Malabo, on Thursday 13th July.
This first working session was overseen by the Honorary President, Rufino Ndong Esono Nchama, who presented to the meeting the new executive and sponsors for festivals that the FUCONMAC organises annually.
Micaela Nchama will be the new president of the foundation, elected unanimously, and she will be assisted by the heads of the various areas within the foundation.
The second point covered, which occupied a large part of the meeting, was the celebration of the III Equatorial Guinea National Festival of Traditional Dance (FESNADATRAGE 2017). This edition, which will take place in the District of Evinayong, will be dedicated to the memory of the sculptor Leandro Mbomio Nsue, Eu el Santo, and Abuelo Estanis, among other figures.
In this is the third edition planned for August, the foundation is going to invite folk groups from Congo, Gabon or Cameroon, and it is expected that around 600 artists will take part.
The final section of the meeting covered economic questions regarding the foundation, which according to the Honorary President, lacks financing in the State budget.
Rufino Ndong Esono, in his speech, declared that “under the patronage of H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and our sponsors, such as BANGE, INSESO, hotels Jordy and Eik Melen, and Martinez Hermanos, we were able to successfully hold the last two editions. The issue, the importance and the weight that the foundation bears is its commitment to holding a national festival to celebrate the traditional dances of our country every year. The Head of State and of the Government is concerned about culture and the extinction of the nation’s traditional dances, and for that reason he ordered that this activity should take place every year. For that reason I call on all members to get much more involved in the activities of our cultural movement”.
It should be pointed out that the first and second editions of the festival took place in Mongomo in 2015, and Ebebiyin, in 2016.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea