A Response to One Week in Kinshasa

Dear Wale, Dear Brother, thank you for sharing.

This is your second Travelogue, I have been reading following the Egyptian experience. Thank you.

This one resonates on a special way to me since i lived 5 years in Kinshasa.

Bravo to the Writer Traveler! You manage to carry us in Central Africa, on the banks of the river Congo, in the heat of Kinshasa.

We can sound the drums of the ageless and captivating Rumba and through the streets and avenues you take us back through history to the independance strugles, through the names of the avenues and buildings’ hustory Kaza-vubu, Blvd Triumph, Blvd du 30 June… “independence chacha”..

I am happy you met Prof. Andre Yoka, Director INA Institut National des Arts, a former colleague, a Brother, he has been instrumental in the proclamation of Rumba as UNESCO Intangible World Heritage and in getting Kinshasa recognised as UNESCO creative city for Music.

The “colonial” style House and the Garden of Madame Kathryn Brahy, “the place” for the cultural Fraternity in Kin. Kathryn has been in Kinshasa for more than 10 years…She is an active and passionate supporter of African Arts and Culture..

We are discovering a city where Culture speaks through multiple cultural expressions from literature to Music..
The traffic and this unique live, dynamic, creative, density of Kinshasa …

Thank you for taking me back to Gombe, to Kin,
thank you for the gift and Talent to share and Tell about Culture, Life, History.

Nice and blessed week to All.

Abdourahman Diallo. UNESCO Country Rep to Ghana

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