The literature in Gabon is heavily influenced
by French because many writers received their education
in France, while many of today's Gabonese artists build
on domestic traditions.
In the old traditions there is not least an ancestral
cult that you can see in relics, sculptures and masks,
usually made of wood and decorated with metal or leather
Latest population statistics of Gabon, including religious profiles and major languages spoken as well as population growth rates in next three decades.
The contemporary popular music exhibits a mixture of
native traditions and styles imported from the West. A
typical music form is a question-and-answer type song.
Drums and stringed instruments include, among other
things, mvet, a kind of harp citrera. One
famous Gabonese popular singer was Olivier N'goma who
died in 2010.
In the capital Libreville there is a museum of arts
and traditions, as well as a French cultural center.
The Senate votes to allow homosexuality
The Senate (parliament's upper house) votes by a large majority to
decriminalize homosexuality. Thus, both chambers voted for decriminalization. If
the president signs the law, Gabon will become one of the relatively few
countries in Africa where homosexuality is not criminal. Several politicians,
both Christians and Muslims, react outraged and believe that the law is a
remission to foreign donors and that it contravenes local norms. Homosexuality
was made illegal in Gabon in July 2019. Same-sex sex between men could lead to
six months in prison.
The lower house wants to decriminalize homosexuality
The National Assembly votes for a bill to decriminalize homosexual acts. Gay
acts are punishable in Gabon with up to six months imprisonment and fines. In
the vote, 48 members said yes to decriminalization, 24 members voted no while 25
abstained. For the proposal to become law, it must also be approved by the
Small relief in the shutdown
The government eases a little on the closure of the capital Libreville and
three adjacent areas. Some stores and hairdressers are allowed to reopen, but
trips to and from Libreville and the three areas are still not allowed. Schools,
restaurants and places of worship continue to be closed. It is mandatory to wear
a face mask and nightly curfew prevails. The country's borders are kept closed.
The government explains the relief of fearing social unrest if many people find
it difficult to support themselves and their families.
Libreville is quarantined
The capital Libreville and three neighboring municipalities are quarantined.
Security forces must ensure that residents comply with the restrictions imposed
on them. Shops and markets are closed. Residents are encouraged to stay home.
IMF support for coronary pandemic
Gabon is granted $ 147 million in funding from the IMF to cover the budget
deficits that arise during the fight against the health, economic and social
effects of the corona pandemic.
Forbidden eating bats and cones
The government makes it illegal to sell and eat bats and cones, two animal
species that are suspected to be the source of the new corona virus that caused
a pandemic. In the past, international flights have been canceled, schools are
closed and a nightly curfew prevails - all in an attempt to reduce the spread of
the corona virus. Support money is promised to the individuals and companies
most affected by the restrictions.
Measures against coronary pandemic
The government is taking a series of measures against the spread of the new
corona virus, which has caused a pandemic. A day earlier, Gabon has had its
first confirmed case of covid-19, the disease that corona infections can get.
Authorities close schools, bars and nightclubs, among others. The country's
reserve for gorillas is closed to visitors.
Two lynching after rumor spread
Two people have been lynched by upset crowds in Libreville as a result of
rumors spread on social media that a host of children have been kidnapped. The
rumors came to light after a three-year-old boy disappeared from a village in
northern Gabon on January 12. Crowds have subsequently gathered to look for
missing children and have progressed hard in their search, with vandalism and
ill-treatment. President Bongo criticizes the behavior in harsh terms and says
that all guilty should be punished. According to the authorities, only one child
has disappeared and one person is arrested for it. In total, some 20 people have
been arrested in connection with the events.