Atanasio Ndongo Miyone

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Atanasio Ndongo Miyone was an Equatoguinean musician, writer and "one of the leading educated nationalist figures of the late colonial period".[1] He wrote the lyrics to Equatorial Guniea's national Anthem, Caminemos pisando las sendas de nuestra inmensa felicidad.[1] He was killed in 1969 by the supporters of Francisco Macías Nguema, the first ruler of an independent Equatorial Guinea.[1]

Equatorial Guinea's National Anthem[edit]

Atanasio Ndongo Miyone wrote the lyrics for Equatorial Guinea's National Anthem, Caminemos pisando las sendas de nuestra inmensa felicidad (Let Us Tread the Path of our Immense Happiness), in 1968.[1] Contrary to common belief, he did not compose the music. The music was composed by Ramiro Sanchez Lopes, who was a Spanish Lieutenant and the deputy director of music at the army headquarters located in Madrid.[1]

The lyrics of the anthem were influenced by the end of Equatorial Guinea's colonization, with anti-colonization being a main theme.[1]

Themes asserted by Ndongo Miyone[edit]

Ndongo Miyone asserts the themes of freedom, joy and unity in the course of his composition's lyrics.

These optimistically expressed themes stand in marked contrast to some other Equatoguinean literature in Spanish, such as the pessimistic reflections about the national situation by Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel.

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