Donato Ndongo

Donato Ndongo

His ‘Antología de la literatura guineana’ (Anthology of Guinean Literature, 1984) is considered to be the founding work of Guinean literature written in Spanish.

He was born in Niefang, Equatorial Guinea, in 1950. A writer and journalist, he was the assistant director of the Spanish-Guinean Cultural Centre in Malabo, a delegate of the EFE Agency in Central Africa, and director of the Centre for African Studies at the University of Murcia.

His extensive work to increase awareness of Aficanism in Spain is unanimously recognised. In academic circles, he is considered to be the strongest driver and the most important creator of written literature in Equatorial Guinea, and one of the most relevant African authors.

He has written many articles for Spanish newspapers, and he has published numerous books, including: Historia y tragedia de Guinea Ecuatorial (1977), España en Guinea (1998), and novels such as Las tinieblas de tu memoria negra (1987, translated into English and French), Los poderes de la tempestad (1997) and El metro (2007). His Antología de la literatura guineana (Anthology of Guinean Literature, 1984), the first of its genre, is considered to be the founding work of Guinean literature written in Spanish. He was a visiting professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia (United States) between 2005 and 2008.

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