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Culture Of Gabon

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Gabon is a nation rich in folklore and mythology, with an oral culture that predates the advent of literacy in the twenty-first century. “Raconteurs” are presently trying to preserve Fang and Nzebis customs like as the mvett and the ingwala.

Gabon is also home to globally renowned masks like the n’goltang (Fang) and the Kota relicary figures. Each tribe has its own collection of masks that are utilized for a variety of purposes. They’re most often seen at traditional rituals like weddings, births, and funerals. Traditionalists primarily use rare local timbers and other valuable materials in their work.

Music

In contrast to regional heavyweights such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Cameroon, Gabonese music is less well-known. Patience Dabany, a Gabonese singer and famous live performer, and Annie Flore Batchiellilys, a Gabonese singer and renowned live performer, are among the country’s folk stars. Guitarists Georges Oyendze, La Rose Mbadou, and Sylvain Avara, as well as vocalist Oliver N’Goma, are also well-known.

Rock and hip hop from the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as rumba, makossa, and soukous, are all popular in Gabon. The obala, ngombi (fr), balafon, and traditional drums are all Gabonese folk instruments.

Media

Radio-Diffusion The government-owned and managed Télévision Gabonaise (RTG) transmits in French and indigenous languages. In large cities, color television broadcasts have been launched. Africa No. 1, a commercial radio station, started broadcasting in 1981. It is the continent’s most powerful radio station, with involvement from the French and Gabonese governments, as well as commercial European media.

Two radio stations were held by the government in 2004, while the other seven were privately owned. There were also two government-run and four privately owned television channels. For every 1,000 individuals in 2003, there were an estimated 488 radios and 308 television sets. Cable customers accounted for 11.5 out of every 1,000 individuals. In addition, there were 22.4 personal computers per 1,000 persons in 2003, and 26 people per 1,000 had Internet connection. The Gabonese Press Agency is the country’s press agency, and it produces Gabon-Matin, a daily newspaper (circulation 18,000 as of 2002).

In 2002, the government-controlled daily newspaper L’Union in Libreville had an average daily readership of 40,000. The Ministry of Communications publishes the weekly Gabon d’Aujourdhui. About nine privately held magazines, either independent or associated with political parties, are available. These are published in tiny quantities and are often postponed due to budgetary limitations. Gabon’s constitution guarantees freedom of expression and the press, and the government supports these rights. Several publications openly criticize the government, and international publications are readily accessible.

How To Travel To Gabon

By plane From Paris, Air France and Gabon Airlines travel to Libreville, while from Casablanca, Royal Air Maroc flies to Gabon. Air Service flies from Addis Ababa to Douala (Cameroon), and Ethiopian Airlines flies from Addis Ababa to Douala (Cameroon). There are additional flights to Brazzaville, Congo, on occasion. On Mondays,...

How To Travel Around Gabon

Outside of cities, the bus is the most convenient mode of transportation (typically 6- or 9-seater cars, but sometimes minibuses). There are a lot of them, and they're all extremely inexpensive (e.g. 7000 XAF to go from Libreville to Lamberene). Taxis are abundant and inexpensive inside cities. For one...

Visa & Passport Requirements for Gabon

A visa to visit the Gabon costs about €70. On arrival, the visa may be bought in euros or local francs in the right hand queue after leaving the aircraft. According to reports, this is no longer allowed as of August 2010, and employees coming in Gabon must have...

Destinations in Gabon

Cities in Gabon Libreville - Capital Cap LopezFrancevilleGambaKangoLambareneMayumbaOwendoPort-Gentil bordered to the coast of the South Atlantic Ocean Other destinations in Gabon Akanda National Park — Migratory birds and turtles may be found in Akanda National Park's mangroves and tidal flats.Banteke Plateau National Park — Forest elephants, buffalo, and antelope live in the...

Festivals & Holidays in Gabon

January 1: New Year's DayMarch 12: Renovation DayApril 1: Easter MondayApril 17: Women's DayMay 1: Labour DayMay 6: Martyr's DayMay 20: Whit MondayAugust 15: AssumptionAugust 16: Independence DaysAugust 8: Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)November 1: All Saints' DayOctober 15: Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice)December 25: Christmas Day

Money & Shopping in Gabon

Gabon uses the Central African CFA franc (XAF). Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, the Republic of Congo, and Equatorial Guinea all use it. While the CFA franc (XAF) and the Western African CFA franc (XOF) are technically distinct currencies, they are used interchangeably in all CFA franc (XAF...

Language & Phrasebook in Gabon

It is believed that 80 percent of Gabonese people can communicate in French, with 30 percent of Libreville inhabitants being native speakers. The Fang language is spoken as a mother tongue by 32 percent of Gabonese people. The country announced its intention to add English as a second official language...

History of Gabon

Pygmy peoples were the first to settle in the region. As they moved, Bantu tribes mainly supplanted and assimilated them. The first Europeans came in the 15th century. In Gabon, a Myeni-speaking monarchy known as Orungu emerged in the 18th century. Bartholomew Roberts, a Welsh pirate known as Black Bart, perished...

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