The Belgian Annihilation of the Congo

Leopold II inherited the Belgian throne in 1865. In 1879, envious of other European nations’ overseas empires, Leopold tasked famed British explorer Henry Morton Stanley to establish a Belgian colony in Central Africa. On 5 February 1885, the "Congo Free State" (an area 76 times larger than Belgium) was founded. Unlike other government-run European colonies,… Continue reading The Belgian Annihilation of the Congo

Rocket Science in the Congo

In 2007, the first African-owned space project was launched in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Project Troposphere was established by Jean-Patrice Keka Okese and his team. The rockets were manufactured and launched at Menkao, two hours away from the capital, Kinshasa. With limited resources, Keka, an engineering graduate of the Kinshasa’s Institut Supérieur des… Continue reading Rocket Science in the Congo

The Kingdom of Kongo

The Kingdom of Kongo was an independent African kingdom that existed between 1390 and 1891, located in Central Africa in present-day Republic of the Congo, Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo. At its height, the Kingdom was one of the largest and most powerful states in sub-Saharan Africa, stretching from Gabon to Angola, spanning… Continue reading The Kingdom of Kongo