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The Congolese leader Patrice Lumumba, during the round table conference in Brussels in January 1960. Photo: Nationaal Archief Fotocollectie Anefo.
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10 Pictures of Patrice Lumumba

Today marks the 56th anniversary of the death of one of Africa’s foremost liberation heroes and anti-colonial leader Patrice Émery Lumumba, murdered in a coup in 1961. As we remember the death of a remarkable African nationalist, we look at some important moments in Lumumba’s life captured on camera.

Koffi Olomide's status as an iconic musician is slowly being overtaken by his troubles with the law.(Photo: Olomide/Facebook)
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Koffi Olomide arrested in Kinshasa over assault on dancer in Nairobi

Congolese singer Koffi Olomide has had rotten luck lately and things aren’t looking they are about to change. Days after his concert in Nairobi, Kenya was cancelled and his swift deportation from the East African country, he’s now been arrested in Kinshasa, Congo to face assault charges. Images of the popular singer in handcuffs and being manhandled by officers are currently doing the rounds on social media. Its been enough to make some of his fans to say “let the man be”. So is this what justice looks like or are authorities being too hard on Olomide?

Does Africa exist to be saved?  What about where there is dire need? (Photo: http://alzebab.org/white-saviour-complex/ )
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“But I soon learned that Africa is rife with hidden danger”. The web reacts to the “Whitest story of the year”

People are calling it patently “racist”. Others say it has so many offensive stereotypes about Africa assembled in one piece it’s almost a masterpiece. That’s how the internet is reacting to a piece by Louise Linton, a self-described ‘skinny white muzungu with long angel hair’ who somehow managed to turn the horror of the war in the Congo into a vacuous “White Saviour” personal growth story with all the attendant clichés. For many, it’s almost too infuriating for words.

Today, 21 June 2016, Trial Chamber III of the ICC sentenced Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo to 18 years in prison. (Photo: © ICC-CPI/Flickr)
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ICC jails former Congo vice president Bemba for 18 years

They say your past always catches up with you and in the case of former Congolese Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba, it has done so in spectacular fashion. The man who got the second highest number of votes in Congo’s 2006 presidential election was today sentenced to 18 years in prison by the ICC. But Bemba, who still harbours presidential ambitions, might be back home sooner than you think.