She had already been the lead singer for the “Superstars” musical group created by her husband to extol the ruling party’s virtues.
Bongo can be spotted on the campaign trail rapping with other Gabonese rappers, a sure youth vote earner.
5: THE country is the most urbanised in mainland Africa, according to the UN’s 2014 World Urbanisation Prospects.
Tuesday August 17 marked 55 years of Gabon’s independence from France, a 1960 date that made it the 25th African country to attain internal self rule.
It is also one of 17 African countries that trace their first birthday in 1960—by far the most of any year.
9: WHILE it takes a comparably respectable but-still-stifling 141 days in Gabon for a business to obtain a permanent electricity connection for a new warehouse according to the World Bank (it takes 18 days in Korea, and 257 in Nigeria), some 89.3% of Gabonese have access to electricity—the highest in mainland sub-Saharan Africa and only second to, you guessed it, Mauritius and Seychelles.
10: THE country has one of the best medical systems in West and Central Africa, spending an average 1 on every citizen in 2013, only exceeded by its oil-rich neighbour Equatorial Guinea, and the southern African countries of South Africa, and Mauritius and Seychelles.This has meant it has one of the continent’s highest per capita nominal incomes, at about ,000 last year, according to the IMF.This is the third highest in Africa and theoretically makes it a middle income country.French and indigenous languages like Fang are mixed together to the thrill of thousands.Even current leader Ali Bongo in the late 1970s released an album, described as funky and having the influence of James Brown, who had helped him record.THE colourful Bongo Ondimba, with his platform, ruled the central African nation for 41 years, so long that when he died in 2009 more people probably knew him than they knew his country.Though he was succeeded by son, the one good thing is that a bit of Gabon has emerged from under the Bongo dynasty.Run at the end of every year since inception in 2013, it attracts an international field, with a Kenyan and Ethiopian winning the first two editions, and close to 6,000 running last year.13: THE country is home to the Curvy Women of Gabon Association, which has been fighting the stereotype that only the Western slender look is beautiful. Some of the women profiles you see here might be scams to collect money.REMEMBER, women who is really interested in you will never ask for money.