Any time is beer time in Equatorial Guinea
One distinct trait about the courteous citizens of Equatorial Guinea is their endless love for the bottle.
Its a common occurrence here in Bata to see residents sipping the tipple in public places from as early as 9am.
During my three hour trip from Mongomo to Bata, a passenger bought a dozen cans of the famous San Miguel beer at 9 am which he went ahead and shared with his fellow travellers in the four-seater public service vehicle.
It is also legal it seems, for adults to send school going children for a can or bottle of beer.
What’s more, a female adult is more likely to ask you for a bottle or can of beer instead of a tip, after delivering a service such as pedicure, manicure or a haircut.
Residents here also resort to consuming copious volumes of the frothy stuff whenever their national football team posts favourable results at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations tournament.
This trend differs sharply with the rules in Kenya where it is illegal for one to consume alcohol before 5pm on weekdays and 2pm on weekends.