News The Embassy of Spain in Malabo pays tribute to the sculptor Leandro Mbomio The event took place on the afternoon of Friday, June 7, in one of the meeting rooms of the Embassy of Spain in Malabo. It was attended by numerous scholars, diplomats, representatives of the cultural world and family members of the sculptor, among others.


The ceremony began with the welcoming remarks by the Ambassador of Spain in Equatorial Guinea, Manuel Gomez-Acebo, followed by the screening of the video tribute to the sculptor. Then came the speeches of the members that made up the table of honor.

The first speech of the ceremony was by Geronimo Asumu Nchama, nephew and private secretary of the late sculptor, who revealed the great deeds of the honoree and his outlook on life, art, culture, tradition and politics.

Then Manuel Gala, Honorary Chancellor of the University, took the floor and revealed that the work of Leandro Mbomio was a work of a meeting of cultures.

Gala also said that "art does not belong to anyone, or to any culture; art is the heritage of the creativity of every human being when he contemplates it. Leandro Mbomio was a man who belonged spiritually and in his creativity to the African ancestral world, because he also knew the western culture since he participated in it. Therefore, what he did belonged not only to Africa, but also to the other continents."

The next speaker was Teresa Avoro Nguema, Dean of the School of Arts at the National University of Equatorial Guinea, highlighted once again the way of being and the life of the famous sculptor of international renown. "Mbomio knew how to combine his political, cultural and family responsibilities, and also had the gift of dialogue," said the Dean.

The Director-General of Libraries and Museums, Pelagio Mangue Mbomio, who agreed with the words of the previous speakers, also appealed to the Head of the National University of Equatorial Guinea (UNGE), saying it is necessary to find a space in the school to discuss the late sculptor and his work, in order to inform and preserve his history.

The President of the Council of Scientific and Technological Research of Equatorial Guinea (CICTE), Anacleto Olo Imbuí, said in his speech that "Leandro Mbomio defines culture as the act of inheriting a permanent spirit of the past and introducing the neutral inputs of other cultural experiences, in other words, bringing them up to date in view of modern requirements. All the work of Leandro Mbomio is genetically a transcript of ideas, because his sculpture not only represents the idea, but speaks, moves and emits very profound messages of a tradition that is in danger of being dissolved without having accomplished his integrating mission."

Olo Mibuy also revealed that "to say to those who have a certain emotional memory of the man whom we honor, Leandro has profusely cultivated a trilogy during his career, and it is the obedient and automatic result of his Bantu-Fang roots to create his own ways with the canons of Bantu mysticism, in its aspect of esoteric purpose."

Finally, it was the turn of the Delegate Minister of Information, Press and Radio, Teobaldo Nchaso Matomba, who summarized most of his speech in images by projecting one of the interviews granted by Mbomio to the national television of Equatorial Guinea, where the sculptor defined the importance of culture in society in all its global aspects.

After the memorial ceremony, Ambassador Gomez-Acebo, along with the family of the sculptor who attended the event, unveiled the work "Tribal Integration", a sculpture that will permanently be exhibited at the Embassy to remember the famous sculptor.

After the ceremony, the singer-songwriter Muana Sinep and the artist, singer and actor Gorsy Edu recalled the sculptor Mbomio with ballads, getting memories, emotion and sadness to be expressed on the faces of the audience.

Text and photos: Mansueto Loeri Bomohagasi (D. G. Base Internet).
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office.

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