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Trifonia Melibea Obono: The LGBTQ+ Movement of Equatorial Guinea

November 14, 2019 at 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

As part of the fall 2019 speaker series coordinated with The Art of Resistance exhibition on freedom of expression, artistic freedom and human rights, UNC Global will welcome writer and activist Trifonia Melibea Obono on Thursday, November 14, 2019, on the fourth floor of the FedEx Global Education Center at 5:30 p.m.

Obono is a writer and activist from Equatorial Guinea who studies and advocates for women’s gender equality in Africa, and she will speak on Equatorial Guinea’s LGBTQ+ and human rights issues. An original portrait of Obono is featured in The Art of Resistance exhibition, highlighting her activism regarding issues of gender and sexuality in Africa. She is the author of several novels, including Las Mujeres Hablan Mucho Y Mal, which won the 2018 Justo Bolekia Boleká international Prize for African Literature, and La Bastarda, which was the first novel by an Equatorial Guinean writer to be translated and published in English. Come hear and see Trifonia Melibea Obono discuss LGBTQ+ rights in Equatorial Guinea.

This discussion of human rights is a part of the ‘The Art of Resistance’ speaker series and exhibition on display throughout the FedEx Global Education Center until December 13, 2019.

This event is sponsored by the Humanities for the Public Good Initiative, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Global Relations, Center for Media Law and Policy, Institute for the Study of the Americas, Department of Romance Studies and UNC Global.

Event Contact: Angela Stuesse, associate professor of anthropology and global studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, at

About the Exhibition
‘The Art of Resistance’ showcases artwork Esono Ebalé created prior to and during his imprisonment, original artwork created for the exhibition, and art by those who advocated for him during his imprisonment. The exhibition touches on themes of human rights and freedom of speech, as Esono Ebalé’s story and art implore audiences to see the right of expression as an essential human right. His work illustrates the dangers often faced by those who speak out against injustices.


November 14, 2019
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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