US rower gets house and nationality from Equatorial Guinea President
03 February 2016 | Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
Lisa Samuels, GC Media
Victor Mooney, of Queens, New York received the Medalla de Caballero from Equatorial Guinea President, His Excellency, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo in Malabo today.
Mr. Mooney was awarded this honor after successfully rowing from Las Palmas, Canary Islands to New York's Brooklyn Bridge on his fourth attempt to encourage HIV testing. His boat was sponsored by Equatorial Guinea and will be donated to the United Nations later this year.
The President also gave Mr. Mooney a house and Equatorial Guinea nationality.
Mr. Mooney was joined by his family for the ceremony and will return to New York next week. The 50 year old rower also became the first African-American to row across any ocean.
Photo: Victor Mooney with his family and Equatorial Guinea Ambassador to UN after the ceremony.
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