Run 168 : Equatorial Guinea – Malabo


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Date : 13th February, 2019

Time : 1h 02’ 42”

Number of runners (total to date) : 11 (3565)

Run map and details :

Media :

Equatorial Guinea is fortunate enough to have substantial oil and gas reserves. And, like many oil and gas rich countries, it is looking to use that wealth to diversify the country’s economy and grow it’s tourism sector.

As part of that drive, it recently opened the Malabo National Park and, on my first evening in Malabo (the capital of Equatorial Guinea), British Honorary Consul Susan McGuigan showed me round the Park. It’s an extraordinary place which reminded me a bit of both Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay and Disney’s “It’s a Small World”. It includes towers and lakes and lights and talking mushrooms and an art gallery. Don’t miss it if you’re ever in that part of the world.


The government has also built a rather lovely promenade on reclaimed land near the centre of Malabo. And that’s where Josue, the proprietor of the Magno Suites hotel and the country’s Director General of Tourism, had organised our run.


There were seven of us at the start of the run including Jose Ntutumu Edu Nchama, H.E. Secretary of State for Health ; Maria Jesus Evuna Andeme, Hon. Head Cabinet Minister of Missions of the Presidency of the Republic ; Josue Esono Edu Corredor, Hon. Director General of Tourism Law and Statistics ; Alejandro Asumu Osa, former Kick Boxing World Champion ; Ignacio De Felipe Crespo, marathon runner (and Director General of Hotel Magno Suites) ; and me (obviously).

Perhaps unsurprisingly, such luminaries attracted media attention and there was a round of TV interviews before we all set off. (Thank you, Josue, for the simultaneous translation.)


Various people joined us during the run including Priscilla D Aranda (from the Boesoeppe NGO)




and a couple of runners who seemed to know Alex Asumu Osa – Equatorial Guinea’s kick boxing world champion.


In fact, pretty much everyone we encountered seemed to know him and it occurred to me that blog readers might like to see him demonstrate his skills on Josue…

And here he is in real life world championship winning action.

Alex and I ran together for the last 5 kilometres of the run and I can report that, out of the ring, he is a charming man!


It just remains for me to say a huge thank you to Josue and Susan for the welcome and for organising everything ; and to my fellow runners for the support and the company. Please get in touch if you are ever in London!

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Facts & Stats

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia.

Equatorial Guinea is a country located on the west coast of Central Africa, with an area of 28,000 square kilometres (11,000 sq mi). Formerly the colony of Spanish Guinea, its post-independence name evokes its location near both the Equator and the Gulf of Guinea. Equatorial Guinea is the only sovereign African state in which Spanish is an official language. As of 2015, the country had an estimated population of 1,222,245.

Equatorial Guinea consists of two parts, an insular and a mainland region. The insular region consists of the islands of Bioko (formerly Fernando Pó) in the Gulf of Guinea and Annobón, a small volcanic island which is the only part of the country south of the equator. Bioko Island is the northernmost part of Equatorial Guinea and is the site of the country’s capital, Malabo. The Portuguese speaking island nation of São Tomé and Príncipe is located between Bioko and Annobón. The mainland region, Río Muni, is bordered by Cameroon on the north and Gabon on the south and east. It is the location of Bata, Equatorial Guinea’s largest city, and Oyala, the country’s planned future capital.The country is a member of the African UnionFrancophonieOPEC and the CPLP.

Since the mid-1990s, Equatorial Guinea has become one of sub-Saharan Africa‘s largest oil producers. It is the richest country per capita in Africa,  and its gross domestic product (GDP) adjusted for purchasing power parity (PPP) per capita ranks 43rd in the world; however, the wealth is distributed extremely unevenly, and few people have benefited from the oil riches. The country ranks 135th on the UN’s 2016 Human Development Index. The UN says that less than half of the population has access to clean drinking water and that 20% of children die before reaching the age of five.

The sovereign state totalitarian government is cited as having one of the worst human rights records in the world, consistently ranking among the “worst of the worst” in Freedom House‘s annual survey of political and civil rightsReporters Without Borders ranks President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo among its “predators” of press freedom. Human trafficking is a significant problem; the 2012 U.S. Trafficking in Persons Report stated that Equatorial Guinea “is a source and destination for women and children subjected to forced labor and forced sex trafficking.” The report rates Equatorial Guinea as a government that “does not fully comply with minimum standards and is not making significant efforts to do so.”

World Bank Data

Here’s the latest World Bank data for Equatorial Guinea – with the year 2000 as a comparison.

GDP $12.3 bn 2017 $1.05 bn 2000
Population 1.27 m 2017 641 k 2000
Primary school enrolment* 62% 2015 102% 2000
CO2 Emissions** 4.73 2014 0.74 2000
% below poverty line*** NA NA
Life expectancy at birth 57.7 yrs 2016 52.8 yrs 2000
GNI per capita $7050 2017 $760 2000

*Percentage can exceed 100% due to the inclusion of over and under aged students

** Metric tons per capita

***The World Bank notes that the methodology can vary between countries and over time within a given country. (While much of the World Bank data generally follows understandable trends, this number often oscillates wildly suggesting that different methodologies are frequently used over time within a given country.)

Greatest Sporting Nation Data

Finally, here’s the data from Greatest Sporting Nation on how Equatorial Guinea performed in the global sporting arena in 2018:

Global Cup – NA

Per Capita Cup – NA

The Global Cup aggregates results from over 1000 events across 80 sports to produce the definitive annual ranking of international sporting success. The Per Capita Cup uses the same data to produce an annual per capita ranking.



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I'm running 10 km in every country in the world - a total of 205 countries - by the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. I'm doing the Run the World challenge to promote the benefits of sport and physical activity and to raise money for cancer research following the death of my mother from cancer. If you'd like to donate to Cancer Research - - then I know they'd be very grateful.
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