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Thomas Mukambilwa

Managing Director of African Support and Project Centre Mukambilwa advocates for the improvement of Congolese lives in London through educational and health events


JJ Bola

Writer, Poet, Educator, Human. Author of No Place to Call Home. Spoken word poet turned author, Bola has read and spoken internationally at TedTalks and festivals.


Vava Tampa

Founder of Save the Congo; Activist and Rhumba lover. Tampa has been advocating for peace and justice in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 2008.


Extended Nuclear is Nuclear

Uncle and wife adopts nieces and nephews who move into the city, Kinshasa Unknown baby now deceased.

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Musengwa na Makanda-Kabobi, Nsele

Title translates to Musengwa at Political Bureau Meeting Possible attendees: President Mobutu Sese Seko; Major company CEOs; Generals; Secret Services; Home Secretaries; Department Heads.


Julienne Ledi Oniumbe, Photo Luc, 1971

Daughter of Tonton Oniumbe Jules, Gecamines Employee, Lumbumbashi



Okapi, Congolese and African Cuisine


Mbongo Contre Mbongo

Mbongo Contre Mbongo, Barbers Barber name translates from Lingala/French as "Money against Money"


La Difference

La Difference, Barbers Barbershop name translates from French as "The Difference."



Golgotha, Afro-Caribbean Hair Salon, Lualua Wear



Dadinho, Dahinho Distributions, London Fresh Congolese and African Food Store


Chez Mima

Chez Mima, African Goods Store


N. D-Nkufi

N. Diansunzuka-Nfuki Kingston Upon Thames, UK 1st Generation British born Congolese, London


J. Mundeke

J. Mundeke, Kingston Upon Thames, U.K. 1st Generation British born Congolese/Angolan, London


Ma J.M. Kilapi

Ma J.M. Kilapi, D.R. Congo 1st Generation Congolese/Angolan, London


S.S. Mundeke

S.S. Mundeke, Kingston Upon Thames, UK 1st Generation British Born Congolese/Angolan, London.

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Lost Connections

A play by the Malcolm X Elders Theatre Company in Bristol, addressing issues of age, identity and heritage.

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The Adventures of Ottobah Cugoano

The Adventures of Ottobah Cugoano is a book written for young readers, written by Marcia Hutchinson and Pete Tidy, and published by Primary Colours as part of the Freedom and Culture 2007 initiative. Ottobah Cugoanao was an African abolitionist, captured in 1770 in Fante (present-day Ghana) and sold into slavery. He was eventually made free and baptized John Stuart in London. Stuart became active in Sons in Africa and through his publications campaigned for abolition. A Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 Teaching Pack was produced to accompany the adventure story, written by Marcia Hutchinson, Pete Tidy and Shazia Azhar, with a foreword by David Lammy MP.

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Crop Over

2007 saw a number of different projects taking place at Harewood House in West Yorkshire, home of the Lascelles family. The bicentenary was used as an opportunity to explore the family connections with the transatlantic slave trade and the sugar plantations of the West Indies.

The art installation Crop Over by British Afro-Caribbean artist Sonia Boyce was shown in the public galleries at Harewood House throughout 2007. Crop Over is a Barbadian festival which has evolved from a celebration by plantation slaves of the end of the sugar crop. Sonia Boyce's two-screen film visually depicts the traditions, histories and cultural practices of this festival, which culminates with a carnivalesque parade known as Kadooment. It also responds to the history of Harewood House. The Lascelles family association with Barbados began in the 17th century when Edward Lascelles and his son Daniel were based in Bridgetown, Barbados.

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Midnight Robbers: The Artists of Notting Hill Carnival

Midnight Robbers was exhibited at City Hall, London in 2007 and the Ohio State University Urban Art Space in 2008. The exhibition explored the historic context of Notting Hill Carnival and examined the Carnival art form. The London exhibition also marked the bicentenary of the Abolition Act. ‘Midnight Robber’ is a masquerade of traditional carnival, in a wide-brimmed hat and cape. The exhibition adopted the Midnight Robber motif for its title, and sought to engage audiences in the history of Caribbean-derived carnival as a legacy of slavery and colonialism. It was curated by Lesley Ferris and Adela Ruth Tompsett of Middlesex University and showcased the work of carnival artists through photographs, costumes and a carnival interactive.