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Title:Cuban heritage in Africa: deported Ņáņigos to Fernando Po in the 19th century
Author:Aranzadi, Isabela de
Periodical:African Sociological Review (ISSN 1027-4332)
Geographic terms:Equatorial Guinea
secret societies
External links:https://www.ajol.info/index.php/asr/article/view/135379/124872
Abstract:This paper focuses on the 19th century deportation of Ņáņigos (members of Abakuá, a Cuban secret society) to Fernando Po (Bioko). The author argues against the widely held negative image of this group as portrayed in the news and press information in Spanish newspapers from 1865 to 1950 that document the Cuban heritage in Africa. She highlights the point that the deportation of Ņáņigos to Africa was, in part, due to their association with rebel groups in the decades and years prior to and during the War of Independence. Further, the author pointed out the need of the Spanish Government to colonize the African island and use it to harbor expelled groups from the Caribbean island prosecuted for their rebellious character against the colony. As a result, many emancipated slaves and Cuban people were deported to Fernando Po in the second half of the nineteenth century, which explains their presence on the island. The author discusses, in details, their memory, which has been maintained through some cultural elements - rituals, body attires, and musical and dance elements. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]