Through an Official Communiqué, the Minister Spokesman of the Government of Equatorial Guinea clarifies that the support of Equatorial Guinea to the Beija Flor Samba School, winner of the Carnival of Rio, has been the initiative of Brazilian businessmen who work in the country. “The Government has contributed material for the show”, states the communiqué. For its part, the Governmental Party, the PDGE, has also denounced the media campaign organized against the institutions of Equatorial Guinea and has underscored the case of the newspaper The Wall Street Journal, which even published a supposed photo of the Equatoguinean President in Brazil, when he was actually in Cameroon.
The communiqué of the Government of Equatorial Guinea, signed by its spokesman Teobaldo Nchaso Matomba (Minister of Information, Press and Radio) congratulated the Republic of Brazil for the Carnival of Rio de Janeiro, “in this edition of 2015, has included a special homage to Africa and to our country, carried out by the Beija Flor Samba School.” However, the communiqué also indicates that “the initiative of paying this homage to Equatorial Guinea did not come from the Government of Equatorial Guinea, or from the Presidency of the Republic. It deals with an initiative that emerged from the Brazilian companies that operate in Equatorial Guinea, along with the school Beija Flor.
To respond to the initiative, on its part, the Government of Equatorial Guinea, through the Ministry of Information, Press and Radio, and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism supplied material for the show, as well as information on our country, its art and culture. Along with the Beija Flor Samba School, the National Ballet of Equatorial Guinea, Ceiba, also participated.”
Furthermore, the Government of Equatorial Guinea responds to those who stated that the Equatoguinean Head of State attended the carnival: “This is completely false, since these days H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo has been carrying out his agenda in African and national matters. He has been in Yaounde (Cameroon) participating in the Extraordinary Meeting on Security of the ECCAS”. Finally, the Government of Equatorial Guinea states the pride of being able to participate in an event such as the Carnival, “a cultural milestone in whose origins exist numerous contributions of African culture”, and recalls that the Government “will continue supporting all the initiatives that contribute to bring people together.”
For its part, the governmental party, the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE), through its Secretary General, Jeronimo Osa Osa Ecoro, also analyzed the publications by different western media concerning this subject. Osa Osa especially denounces that of The Wall Street Journal, in which, in addition to insisting on the erroneous presence of the President in the carnival, it even published a photograph of a member of the Equatoguinean delegation, affirming that it is President Obiang in Rio de Janeiro: “The ‘prestigious’ newspaper The Wall Street Journal, along with the no less acclaimed Associated Press agency, has managed the impossible: that the President of Equatorial Guinea, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, is found in two places at the same time,” Ecoro stated ironically, who recalls that on the dates of the carnival, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo “was found carrying out a task a thousand times more dramatic: analyzing the form of eliminating the terrorist group Boko Haram, who, as the entire world knows, seriously threatens the peace of our central African region, at a meeting of the ECCAS which was being held in Yaounde, Cameroon.”
-“The Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea emphasizes that neither The Wall Street Journal in this case, nor the rest of the newspapers that have written on the subject of the carnivals have used even the most minimal or basic reliable source to prepare and document their articles. The case of The Wall Street Journal can be qualified as “ridiculous”, since its professionals did not even bother to make a minimal verification of the identities in the photograph. The presence of Equatorial Guinea in the Carnival of Rio de Janeiro is due to the cooperation of our Government with one of the samba schools that participated in this great multicolor event. The collaboration of the Government of Equatorial Guinea was carried out through the supply of material to the Beija Flor Samba School which, for its part, carried out a symbolic parade inspired in the African continent, and specifically in Equatorial Guinea. The Beija Flor school itself has denied receiving millions in financing of which the media has spoken, without proof or documentation,” also stated Jeronimo Osa Ecoro.
We attach with this article the communiqués of the Government of Equatorial Guinea and of the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea.
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office