What’s the Story?

São Tomé e Príncipe is one of the greatest biodiversity hotspots in the World.

Over one half of the birds here are endemic. In some ways São Tomé & Príncipe is the Seychelles of West Africa. Beautiful and important for conservation.

But no-one’s telling that story.

Robert Drewes from California Academy of Sciences says rain forests here are the 2nd most important in Africa. Few have heard the country exists, as Sao Tome & Principe receives very little media coverage.


The Great Story of Sao Tome & Principe. Photo by Monstrengo.

SaoTomeBlog is inspired by Spotted by Locals, Seth Godin’s idea of micro magazines, user-curated guides by nextstop, and citizen media startups like GlobalVoices, and WildLife Direct.

Who’s Behind SaoTomeBlog?


Many -many people and organizations have contributed their time, resources and effort to building the SaoTomeBlog project. This wouldn’t be possible without your help. We wish to thank you all!

  • Richard Heller — Richard Heller is an Oxford graduated British author, journalist, speechwriter, ghostwriter, editor. His novel A Tale Of Ten Wickets is available on Amazon.
  • Joao Morais — João Morais is a Portuguese journalist since 1989, with 15 years of experience as a radio reporter, now working as an Editor for TVI Television. This story was first published on Jan 19, 2007 on TSF – Radio. For the Portuguese radio version listen here.
  • Carlos Alberto Jr. — Carlos Alberto Jr. is a journalist for TV Brasil, and in the past years has visited and written about 15 African countries. This story was first published in September 2009 in the Diary of Africa (Diario da Africa).
  • Katya Aragao — Katya Aragao is a Santomean journalist. Her work has been published in Tela Non and Editora Sol. She is also a beloved radio voice at Rádio Jubilar.
  • Jose Santos — José Santos is a Portuguese traveler and software developer. He visited São Tomé and Príncipe, including the Roça Água Ize plantation, in January 2009.
  • Tomé Silva — Tomé Silva a Portuguese IT Engineer born in São Tomé.

People Providing Help & Resources

  • Brigida Rocha Brito — Brigida Rocha Brito is a researcher at the Center of African Studies at ISCTE, the Lisbon University Institute.
  • Gerhard Seibert — Dr. Gerhard Seibert is a researcher at the Center of African Studies at ISCTE, the Lisbon University Institute. He’s the author of Comrades, Clients And Cousins: Colonialism, Socialism And Democratization in Sao Tome And Principe
  • Kaisa Masso — Kaisa Masso is a Visual Anthropology student at the New University of Lisbon. She is currently doing her Master’s and holds Bachelor degree in Art History from the Estonian Academy of Arts.
  • Mart Tarmak — Mart Tarmak is the Estonian Ambassador to Portugal.
  • Chika Umeadi
  • Beth Santos
  • Camilla Sá Freire
  • Joao Taborda
  • Robert Drewes
  • Michael Stein
  • Vania Miguel
  • Dely Amorim
  • Humbah Aguiar
  • Inna Moody
  • Isaac Afonso
  • Kathleen Becker
  • Maria do Céu Madureira

Awesome Photographers

Big Organizations

  • U.S. Department of State
  • Secretary of Culture of Brazil
  • Saotomean Consulate in Marseille
  • Tourism Office of Sao Tome and Principe
  • Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs


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