The city of Oyala is expected to become the future capital of Equatorial Guinea by the next decade, according to the ambitious purpose of president Teodoro Obiang. The futuristic city in the middle of the tropical rainforest will represent a cultural hub in Central Africa, hosting the new “University of Central Africa” and its colossal library in glass and steel, already in construction. It will also provide luxury hotels, a convention centre and many amenities.
Actually the idea of a prestigious cultural city is not the main reason leading the planning of Oyala. The repeated attacks of rebel groups on government institution in the former capital Malabo urges president Obiang to look for a safer place for his government.
Since the administration of President Obiang announced plans to build Oyala as the new capital city, the construction found several oppositions from environmentalists, frightened by the intense deforestation, to political opposition. The main protest concerns the investments addressed to the new capital should be preceded by investments for the population living below the poverty line. Although Equatorial Guinea is, per capita, one of the richest countries in the world, none of the wealth reaches the population.
Moreover there are still many doubtful points regarding future inhabitants of Oyala: most of Equatorial Guinea’s population lives far away in towns and villages near the coast, where also the country’s current capital Malabo is located.