The Wonga Coup - A Tale of Guns, Germs and the Steely Determination to Create Mayhem in an Oil-rich Corner of Africa-logo

The Wonga Coup - A Tale of Guns, Germs and the Steely Determination to Create Mayhem in an Oil-rich Corner of Africa

Adam Roberts

Equatorial Guinea is a tiny country roughly the size of the state of Maryland. Humid, jungle covered, and rife with unpleasant diseases, natives call it Devil Island. Its president in 2004, Obiang Nguema, had been accused of cannibalism, belief in witchcraft, mass murder, billion-dollar corruption, and general rule by terror. With so little to recommend it, why in March 2004 was Equatorial Guinea the target of a group of salty British, South African and Zimbabwean mercenaries, traveling on an American-registered ex-National Guard plane specially adapted for military purposes, that was originally flown to Africa by American pilots? The real motive lay deep below the ocean floor: oil. In The Dogs of War, Frederick Forsyth effectively described an attempt by mercenaries to overthrow the government of Equatorial Guinea - in 1972. And the chain of events surrounding the night of March 7, 2004, is a rare case of life imitating art-or, at least, life imitating a 1970s thriller-in almost uncanny detail. With a cast of characters worthy of a remake of Wild Geese and a plot as mazy as it was unlikely, The Wonga Coup is a tale of venality, overarching vanity and greed whose example speaks to the problems of the entire African continent. .

Equatorial Guinea is a tiny country roughly the size of the state of Maryland. Humid, jungle covered, and rife with unpleasant diseases, natives call it Devil Island. Its president in 2004, Obiang Nguema, had been accused of cannibalism, belief in witchcraft, mass murder, billion-dollar corruption, and general rule by terror. With so little to recommend it, why in March 2004 was Equatorial Guinea the target of a group of salty British, South African and Zimbabwean mercenaries, traveling on an American-registered ex-National Guard plane specially adapted for military purposes, that was originally flown to Africa by American pilots? The real motive lay deep below the ocean floor: oil. In The Dogs of War, Frederick Forsyth effectively described an attempt by mercenaries to overthrow the government of Equatorial Guinea - in 1972. And the chain of events surrounding the night of March 7, 2004, is a rare case of life imitating art-or, at least, life imitating a 1970s thriller-in almost uncanny detail. With a cast of characters worthy of a remake of Wild Geese and a plot as mazy as it was unlikely, The Wonga Coup is a tale of venality, overarching vanity and greed whose example speaks to the problems of the entire African continent. .
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Equatorial Guinea is a tiny country roughly the size of the state of Maryland. Humid, jungle covered, and rife with unpleasant diseases, natives call it Devil Island. Its president in 2004, Obiang Nguema, had been accused of cannibalism, belief in witchcraft, mass murder, billion-dollar corruption, and general rule by terror. With so little to recommend it, why in March 2004 was Equatorial Guinea the target of a group of salty British, South African and Zimbabwean mercenaries, traveling on an American-registered ex-National Guard plane specially adapted for military purposes, that was originally flown to Africa by American pilots? The real motive lay deep below the ocean floor: oil. In The Dogs of War, Frederick Forsyth effectively described an attempt by mercenaries to overthrow the government of Equatorial Guinea - in 1972. And the chain of events surrounding the night of March 7, 2004, is a rare case of life imitating art-or, at least, life imitating a 1970s thriller-in almost uncanny detail. With a cast of characters worthy of a remake of Wild Geese and a plot as mazy as it was unlikely, The Wonga Coup is a tale of venality, overarching vanity and greed whose example speaks to the problems of the entire African continent. .

Language:

English

Narrators:

Simon Vance

Length:

8h 34m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

05:14


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

25:58


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

16:33


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

23:12


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

20:07


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

15:29


Part 2, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 6

17:06


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

16:09


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

23:24


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

18:20


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

24:25


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

23:31


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

19:07


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

15:53


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

20:12


Part 3, Chapter 15
Part 3, Chapter 15

28:49


Part 3, Chapter 16
Part 3, Chapter 16

19:45


Part 3, Chapter 17
Part 3, Chapter 17

17:07


Part 3, Chapter 18
Part 3, Chapter 18

15:05


Part 3, Chapter 19
Part 3, Chapter 19

20:03


Part 3, Chapter 20
Part 3, Chapter 20

15:19


Part 3, Chapter 21
Part 3, Chapter 21

21:41


Part 3, Chapter 22
Part 3, Chapter 22

17:52


Part 3, Chapter 23
Part 3, Chapter 23

23:41


Part 3, Chapter 24
Part 3, Chapter 24

13:00


Part 3, Chapter 25
Part 3, Chapter 25

37:51