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NJIA M AGA ZI NE Juillet 2012

This is Africa

l’Université Populaire Africaine de Genève Promouvoir les valeurs ancestrales et universelles

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H2oCongo BRINGING WATER TO THE D.R.C.

January 17, 1961 - The most memotable day in our history

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Editorial Bienvenu dans notre toute première édition de Ndjia Magazine! Editor-in-chief: Mina Malu

Deputy Editor: Kadi Kabeya

Creative Director: Kadi Kabeya

Research:

Mina Malu/Kadi Kabeya

Contributors: Mina Malu Kadi Kabeya

Photography: Dany Malu

N’est-il pas important, dans ce monde ou la globalisation fait rage, de savoir d’où l’on vient? N’est-il pas important d’avoir un référant culturel, émotionnel pour pouvoir se construire intellectuellement ? Notre communauté s’élargit aux quatre coins du monde mais nous avons une richesse commune que nous avons le devoir de partager. Cette richesse provient de notre culture, de nos origines ; et quelque soient les chemins divers que nous empruntons, nous cueillons, au hasard de nos expériences d’expatriés, le fruit du mariage entre notre identité de naissance et notre identité d’accueil. Ce magazine se veut à la croisée des chemins entre la diaspora congolaise et sa source d’origine. Plus qu’une collection d’histoires personnelles, il se veut rassembleur, informatif, source de fierté et d’inspiration. On pourra y trouver des pans de l’histoire passée de notre pays, ainsi que des preuves de notre présent dans les portraits de ceux d’entre nous qui travaillent inlassablement, et parfois anonymement, pour contribuer au futur de nos enfants. Il s’agit d’apposer notre marque sur ce monde et d’arborer fièrement nos couleurs, en tant que Congolais, dans un univers où il est si facile de s’oublier et de se fondre dans les masses.

Credit :

Dany Malu

Editor-in-Chief Dans cette première édition, nous nous tournons notamment vers la Suisse. Ce pays estune partie de moi; aussi, il m’est naturel d’y commencer cette aventure. La communauté congolaise y est importante mais n’est pas pour autant linéaire. Chacun trouve ses marques et évolue au gré de ce que la société helvétique met à notre disposition. Certains se lancent dans de longues études, d’autre entreprennent des affaires ; tous ont pour but de prouver qu’on peut réussir, qu’on peut construire un chez soi là où on nous y attend le moins.


IN THIS MONTH’S EDITION

UPAF 06

3 Editorial 6 UPAF 12

This is Africa

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Congo History Bit

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NGO Spotlight

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Pick of the month

This is Africa 12

NGO Spotlight H2oCongo 18

Pick of the month Crisis in the Congo 19


Main Story - UPAF

l’Université Polupaire de Genève

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We Speak with Mutombo Kanyana and Anatole Malu of UPAF

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Main Story - UPAF

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Women braiding hair, Kinshasa Credit: DANY MALU www.dmphoto.ch


Main Story - This is Africa

THIS IS AFRICA It’s worn by Congolese youth and young adults across the beautiful mountainous Switzerland, France and Belgium. Known simply as “This is Africa” this growing apparel brand is one of the most happening lifestyle phenomena amongst young Africans in Switzerland and is now spreading its wings to the rest of Europe and North America The Congolese owned streetwair has recently branched out by opening new stores in London, New York and Atlanta. Arguably the trendiest African Label to have hit the European market in recent years , “This is Africa” has set itself up as a urban hip brand. The brand’s products reflects the mindframe of the young African diaspora that says “we are proud of our roots”. The brand also embodies the idea of building something out of nothing, a message of inspiration for Congolese and most importantly African youth in the diasporas across the world.

Together with close friends and co-founder Momadi Samousa, a young Suisse hip hop artist and TIS collection designer Aurélio Lasprowata, Jordan introduced his brand in Geneva stating that the name of the brand “se veut l’heritier de la première grande migration humaine en rendant hommage à l’Afrique.

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The brand also embodies the idea of building something out of nothing, a message of inspiration for Congolese and most importantly African youth in the diasporas across the world.

Miss Black Suisse 2011

This is Africa was founded in 2007 by a young Congolese/ Suisse entrepreneur and businessman Jordan Nsimba. Together with close friends and co-founder Momadi Samousa, a young Suisse hip hop artist and TIS collection designer Aurélio Lasprowata, Jordan introduced his brand in Geneva stating that the name of the brand “se veut l’heritier de la première grande migration humaine en rendant hommage à l’Afrique.

The Congolese owned streetwair has recently branched out by opening new stores in London, New York and Atlanta. Arguably the trendiest African Label to have hit the European market in recent years , “This is Africa” has set itself up as a urban hip brand. The brand’s products reflects the mindframe of the young African diaspora that says “we are proud of our roots”.

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Main Story - This is Africa AurĂŠlio Lasprovata T.I.A Logo Creator and Design Manager of T.I.A Collection. T.I.A Streeball tram

T.I.A Hat Collection

T.I.A Children section,

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History Bits

His death gave birth to a new type of Congolese student activists in the 60’s such as UGEC (Union générale des étudiants congolais) who grew frustrated at the lack of credibility in the so called democracy, so after his death some of the

January 17, 1961 - The Most Memorable day in Congo’s history One event from The DRC’s history and that is the most important for me

dissatisfied people decided to create the guerrillas as an alternative way to show the popular discontent. As I said before, the implications of this murder 51 years ago can still be felt today because we have been living within an armed conflict that started as an expression of popular discontent but years later it got worse and to steal the Star Wars saying, we are now in the “minerals war” year. Violence has been spreading fast as a cancer since that fateful night on January 17th 1961. Well, I hope that the next 50 years will bring change and that our kids will be able to be proud of their heritage and history, but for now it’s important to learn bout our history and try to understand where do we come from and where we are going.

occurred 20 years before my birth year, on January 17th 1961, it was the assassination of Patrice Emery Lumumba. The impact of that political event can still be felt today, 50 years on. First, It’s necessary to understand who was Patrice Emery Lumumba and the political context of the Congo at the time that this event occurred. Patrice Lumumba was a politician leader, he was the leader of the MLC party. In the late 50’s and early 60’s there was just two main political parties: ABAKO of Joseph Kasa-Vubu and MLC of Lumumba. Patrice Lumumba was an excellent speaker and his voice would captivate the attention not only of his followers but also of people from the opposition and the west; his ideas represented the needs of the lower class Congolese and most importantly he fought for the unity of the Congo. By the time when Lumumba was murdered, he had only been prime

By Kadi Kabeya

Minister for 6 months, and with his death went all hope that Congo would have a fair ride post independence. Lumumba encouraged his people to work together for the betterment of the Congo; however on January 17th 1961, he was assassinated. He was assassinated for trying to unify his country, he was assassinated for having the courage of speaking up, he was assassinated for being a nationailst, he was assassinated because he looked at the Belgian King, Baudouin 2 in front of the whole world and said...”We will never forget”. His death brought major uprisings around the world, while in cities around the Congo, thousands of people lost their lives and everything was looted. njia magazine 17


PICK OF THE MONTH

Crisis in the Congo -

Uncovering the truth. Crisis in the Congo: Uncovering The Truth explores the role that the United States and its allies, Rwanda and Uganda, have played in triggering the greatest humanitarian crisis at the dawn of the 21st century. The film is a short version of a feature length production to be released in the near future. It locates the Congo crisis in a historical, social and political context. It unveils analysis and prescriptions by leading experts, practitioners, activists and intellectuals that are not normally available to the general public. The film is a call to conscience and action.

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Millions of Congolese have lost their lives in a conflict that the United Nations describes as the deadliest in the world since World War Two. United States allies, Rwanda and Uganda, invaded in 1996 the Congo (then Zaire) and again in 1998, which triggered the enormous loss of lives, systemic sexual violence and rape, and widespread looting of Congo’s spectacular natural wealth. The ongoing conflict, instability, weak institutions, dependency and impoverishment in the Congo are a product of a 125 year tragic experience of enslavement, forced labor, colonial rule, assassinations, dictatorship, wars, external intervention and corrupt rule. Analysts in the film examine whether U.S. corporate and government policies that support strongmen and prioritize profit over the people have contributed to and exacerbated the tragic instability in the heart of Africa.



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