Nini Ndongo Macias
Country: Equatorial Guinea
Nini Ndongo Macias – Miss Equatorial Guinea 2020
Nini Ndongo Macias is an Equatoguinean Actress, Activist, Dancer, Model, Singer, and Songwriter from Ayene Evusok, Añisok, Wele-Nzas, in La Republica de Guinea Ecuatorial, which is the only African-Hispanic, Spanish-speaking country in Central Africa. Though she was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, she belongs to her homelands largest ethnic group, The Fang Tribe, who are commonly known as the warriors of the paradisiac nation. Having grown up in a home of mixed Hispanic/Indigenous culture, tradition, and language, Nini got her first taste of stardom at the age of 6 as a member of the family band, HISPAFRIC, which specializes in performing traditional songs sung in her dialect (FANG) and traditional dances including Bikutsi, Cumbia, N’Dombolo, Makossa, Samba, Merengue, Soca, Mokom, and Zouk. It is with these inherited talents that she was able to break through in the Utah Entertainment Industry as a fulltime entertainer.
One of her goals is to demonstrate to the upcoming future generations of African woman that our natural variety of physical characteristics should not hinder our upward mobility of success in a world that deems our beauty standards inferior, unattractive, and other derogatory terms. Being one of the few African women in Utah’s entertainment industry, Nini has faced many obstacles like not being ‘African enough’ or ‘Hispanic enough’ because of bigoted stereotypes. Through personal experience, just 2 years ago, for the first time, she experienced what it was like to loathe her African characteristics of her heritage and caused her to feel insecure and inferior to more ‘acceptable’ beauty standard—an ideology presented to her by a past lover who convinced her that her light skin and ambiguous features are the only things desirable on her.
She urges the new generation of African girls to see the beauty and power carried within themselves rather than detest their uniqueness and will accomplish this by showing them that they are capable of anything if they believe in themselves. In order to further her reach to those in need, she plans to pursue a career in International Relations to better the lives of those who suffer unjustly in all corners of the globe.
Two of Nini’s biggest role models are her parents, Bella and Jesus, who have gone through heaven and earth to provide the best lives for their children through difficult circumstances. They have been excellent examples of people who stand strong in the face of adversity without shame of who they are and where they come from. Through their actions, they have shown Nini what it means to truly be proud of her heritage and through them she grew to become proud of who she is and where her roots came from. She like to consider herself, “The Second Bella”.
Platform Title: Revolutionary Gal!
tried to insert myself in the stereotypical roles of each to only realize that it wasn’t working because it’s just not me. Until I came across a certain community that I found to be the right community for me, The Gal community. I chose Revolutionary Gal as my platform because I want to combat stereotypes and conventional standards that are force upon people just because they may be of a certain race, family, culture, etc. Personally my biggest pet peeve is stereotypes. I want people to themselves in a positive way no matter what others think.You are not forced to be anyone’s standard especially a standard that they would never even be able to meet themselves. Starting fall I had plans to go to local schools and hopefully speak publically to the students In both high schools and colleges and hopefully create clubs for kids to share what interests they have and learn more about themselves. Basically create a free space were these kids and just be 100% themselves and be around others like them without the fear of being judged or isolated. I also wanted to start my own local or maybe international Gal community where people of all ages, genders, and races can join and as well as before, have a safe space to empower them to be themselves and around people who won’t judge them or isolate them for being different. Also since I’m in the entertainment industry and everyone speaks the language of music, I can write music about it that can Hopefully help others.
Equatorial Guinea is a Central African country comprising the Rio Muni mainland and 5 volcanic offshore islands. Capital Malabo, on Bioko Island, has Spanish colonial architecture and is a hub for the country’s prosperous oil industry. Its Arena Blanca beach draws dry-season butterflies. The tropical forest of the mainland’s Monte Alen National Park is home to gorillas, chimpanzees and elephants.