The anniversary of the death of the writer Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, the President of the Republic, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo was invested as the first Spanish Language Honorary Academic in Equatorial Guinea.
The Equatoguinean Academy of the Spanish Language (AEGLE), an academic, cultural and apolitical institution created under Presidential Decree number 163/2013, of 8th March, is made up of 18 academics, under the banner “One language, one destiny”.
The main objective of AEGLE, which forms an official part of the Association of Spanish Language Academies, is to promote the Spanish language in Equatorial Guinea, disseminate the most relevant literature in Spanish, and nurture the good use of the language in our country.
Its President, Agustin Nze Nfumu, occupied various posts in the administration, among them Minister for Information.
The investiture of the President as Honorary Academic took place at the Ngolo Palace of International Congresses and Conferences, in Bata, at an event organised by AEGLE: His appointment was made through Resolution number 1/2017, of 19th April, signed by the President of the academy, who invested H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.
After the investiture, the President gave an emotional speech in which he spoke about the trajectory and significance of the AEGLE, together with the world of letters, and the handling of the Spanish language in our country.
H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo expressed his personal tribute to Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, and announced that one of the central roundabouts in Bata will bear his name.
The event was attended, in addition to members of the AEGLE and figures from the Equatorial Guinea National University, by representatives from the diplomatic corps (especially Spanish-speaking countries), the PDGE General Secretary, Jeronimo Osa Osa Ecoro, and members of Parliament and the Government.
At the ceremony prizes were also awarded to the winners of a literary contest recently organised by AEGLE, and Anacleto Olo Mibuy, President of the Science and Technology Research Council, read a poem dedicated to the Head of State, in which he was compared to Cervantes’ hero, Don Quixote, but not of La Mancha, but Del Bosque.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea