I have celebrated Christmas in Asia, Europe, South America and now Africa. I must say, my Malabo Christmas has been the most unique. I was invited to a Christmas Day Party that included a Dance Presentation from a Bubi Dance Troop. What a wonderful experience, one I will long remember!
The Bubi people
, also known as Voove
, Fernando Poans
, and Bantu Speaking Bubi
, are an African ethnic group
, members of the Bantu
group, who are indigenous to Bioko Island
, Equatorial Guinea
. Once the majority group in the region, the population experienced a sharp decline due to disease and outright killing sprees during Portuguese expedition. Once numbering over 3 million, the Bubi currently number less than 100,000 world wide making them an endangered people.
The Bubi people have long held little political power. However recently appointed government officials such as the former Prime Minister Miguel Abia Biteo Borico
and several other members of the current Equatorial Guinea government are of ethnic Bubi descent.
Here are a few pictures of the dancers: