Year of Return - Equatorial Guinea 2020

As America embarks on the last leg of commemorating 400 Years of African-American History, HR 1242 Resilience Project invites you to explore one of Africa's best kept secret. The country has invested in the tourism industry, which affords the visitor to experience nature, adventure, culture and hospitality at its best. Equatorial Guinea, a former colony of Spain, was a major departure point for slaves heading to the Caribbean and the Americas. 

The country has a number of four star hotels and resorts, championship golf courses, superior ground transportation, an unprecedented level of infrastructure on the African continent, and a national airline, Ceiba Intercontinental, that flys directly from Malabo to Spain.

How to get here:

Air France
Turkish Airlines

Royal Air Maroc

Diplomatic Representation:

Embassy, Washington, D.C.

UN Permanent Mission, NY


The Story

President of Equatorial Guinea, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo sponsored Victor Mooney's rowboat, which he christened the Spirit of Malabo. After successfully completing the transatlantic row from Africa to Brooklyn on his fourth try, Mooney and his family were flown to Equatorial Guinea. The President gifted Mooney a home in Oyala, knighted him with the title "Don" and granted nationality for his family. With this feat, Mooney became the first African-American to row across the Atlantic Ocean."If it wasn't for this country, I would probably still be trying to cross the Atlantic, said Mooney."


Spirit of Malabo

After crossing the Atlantic Ocean, the Spirit of Malabo was slated to be donated to the United Nations as a global symbol for the fight against AIDS. When this wasn't possible, President of Equatorial Guinea instructed Mooney to send the boat to National Museum. NYFD, United Nations Diplomats, Elected Officials, and community leaders were on hand for the send off ceremony at Gateway Marina in Brooklyn.


Where is Equatorial Guinea?

Equatorial Guinea consists of two parts, an insular and a mainland region. The islands of Bioko, Annobón, and Corisco are located in the Gulf of Guinea. Bioko Island is the northernmost part of Equatorial Guinea and is the site of the country's capital, Malabo. On the continent sits the administrative capital in Oyala. Other major cities are in Bata and Mongomo.

Natures best kept secret: Central Africa's, Equatorial Guinea - visitarGE Travel Services, Ltd.