Equatorial Guinea Family Traditions

By: Andrew Kwak

Family Structure

Extended families are common in rural areas, while nuclear families are popular in urban areas. Polygyny and having six children are common. The wife moves in with the husband's family after they marry.
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Child/Parent Relationships

Children must respect elders, especially to their parents. The father makes most of the major family decisions after informing his wife about it. Usually, children live with other members of their family.

Gender Roles

Women are responsible for household work, such as cooking, cleaning, and growing crops, and caring for their children. Men's roles are making baskets and tools, hunting, constructing homes, and clearing the agricultural plots in the forest twice a year. Although men and women have equal rights, men act superior to women, causing them to control the family.


Aunts and uncles are considered parents, and cousins are referred as siblings.

Equatorial Guineans' View on Family

Having a large family is considered as a sign of wealth and health. Family is important to the Fang (people of Equatorial Guinea), and children are seen as the future of the family.


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