posted by www.equatorialguineaonline.com – December 12th, 2013
The President of the Republic, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, accompanied by the Minister of State for the Presidency of the Republic for Missions, Alejandro Evuna Owono Asangono, the Delegate Minister of the Presidency of the Republic for External Security, Juan Antonio Bibang Nchuchuma, and the Extraordinary Ambassador of Equatorial Guinea accredited in the Republic of South Africa, Francisco Edu Ngua Mangue, attended a memorial service for Nelson Mandela at the Soccer City Stadium (FNB Stadium) in the city of Johannesburg.
The events of the funeral of the former South African president began under a heavy rain, a rain that did not prevent the participation of the Equatorial Guinean delegation, nor that of the Heads of State and Government and guests who traveled to this great stadium on the outskirts of Soweto.
After the first welcoming address by Cyril Ramaphosa, Vice President of the governmental African National Congress, and a series of inter-religious prayers, the first to speak was Andre Mlangeni, former cellmate and family friend of Mandela. Then, four grandchildren of the Nobel Peace Prize winner recalled the figure of their grandfather, known among South Africans by the name of Madiba.
Ban Ki-moon, on behalf of the UN, and Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, on behalf of the African Union, paid their particular tribute prior to those of the U.S. President, Barack Obama, the President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, the Chinese Vice President, Li Yuanchao, and the President of Cuba, Raul Castro. The South African President, Jacob Zuma, was the last to pay tribute to Mandela, in a grand ceremony that lasted over four hours.
After the funeral, the President of the Republic, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, received in audience the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson. Both discussed the development of Africa and a partnership formed by the two nations, according to what the Liberian president told the media after the meeting