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Tribute to Papa Wemba

Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba, also known as Papa Wemba, said goodbye one last time to the stage on April 24, 2016. He was 66 years old.

From artistic beginnings to the outputs of African independence to mythical concerts in France or Japan, Papa Wemba has been an icon of African culture in the last 50 years. In the tradition of the great Congolese artist Papa Wemba was a worthy ambassador of this great and dynamic country that bolt to take off. After a well-filled career, the artist, member of the Lions Club, lovers of discussions on socio-economic development of the country, Papa Wemba continued to move dance floors, both in his native country and across the globe. Papa Wemba lived in Kinshasa, where he spent the majority of his time on what he did best: music.

 

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Deogratias Mwikiza

Former director and Provincial Director of Bas-Congo in the Central Bank of Congo (BCC).

 

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Petronille Vaweka

Expert in Conflict Management at STAREC (Stabilization and reconstruction of areas emerging from armed conflict). Change Agent in the District of Ituri in Orientale Province. Initiator of the NGO Foundation for Sustainable Peace (FPD) Current Women for Peace, Development and Environment (FPDE).

Petronille Vaweka has worked for the integral development of man and the rights of women in national and international NGOs. During his successive terms as President-elect of the Special Assembly of Ituri, Deputy of the transition, District Commissioner, she succeeded in negotiating in hostile environments, to free the UN hostages by armed groups. During the inter-ethnic war in Ituri, she became involved in the process of ownership and local and national legitimation of the European military operation “Artemis”. She took care of community reconciliation, disarmament, demobilization of armed groups (Ituri, North and South Kivu) and the restoration of State authority.

She is a member of the women’s committee of the African Union and lecturer in multilateral fora on the consolidation of peace at the national and international levels.

 

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Amigo Ngonde

Expert in Human Rights at UNDP and honorary president of ASADHO (Association of Human Rights).

 

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Patience Barandenge

Patience Barandenge is an energetic woman who has made her task of supporting Congolese women in the market dominated by men. Women form an active part of the workforce, but few have the chance to really grow their businesses. Patience is the market program manager for women entrepreneurs, Lady’s First, Rawbank, designed for SMEs run by women in partnership with IFC (World Bank).

Since 2010 she has been a member of the Global Banking Alliance for Women consortium of all financial institutions in the world offering services to women. She is also a member of the International Women’s Club of Kinshasa (IWC), a philanthropic and social organization composed of women and men in local and international communities.

 

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Mweze Ngangura

Director-producer of films and documentaries (Life is beautiful; The king, the cow and the banana tree; the Governor’s New Clothes, etc.) and former teacher in Filmmaking at the INA (National Institute of Arts).

 

 

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Romain Lobo

Romain Lobo is an agricultural economist engineer at the Catholic University of Louvain-La-Neuve. He is currently Deputy Director of Marketing at the Congolese Control Office. President of Maximagency Studio7, Romain is the initiator of the event Ndembo Awards, the trophy of the best Congolese football players since 2002. He is involved in the organization of several international events such as SADC, ASCOLAB, PIQAC etc… .

 

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Kabeya Pindi

Audiovisual teacher at IFASIC (Faculty of Science Institute of Information and Communication), owner of the radio station Tropicana.

 

 

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Jean Pierre Eale

Journalist, advertiser and event producer. Founder of ATL Agency Tele Temps Libre newspaper, Overtime and E – Journal Mbandaka. He has served as advisor to the Ministry of Information in several occasions. Currently Senior Advisor to CSAC (High Council for Audiovisual and Communications), Chairman of the Sub Committee of Advertising Compliance.

 

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Father Jose Mpundu

Father Mpundu has been a priest of the Archdiocese of Kinshasa since 1978 and is responsible for the formation of the laity in the diocese. A Clinical psychologist, José Mpundu taught psychology in different higher education institutions. Currently, he teaches a course of psychopathology in children and adolescents at ISTS (Higher Institute of Social Workers).

He worked for several years as a psychologist at the Mental Health Center Telema. He gives training sessions on various topics affecting the field of human relations, communication, social and political life.

 

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Ludo Welffens

Mr. Welffens contributes to social change theory, understanding that the causes of the weakening social fabric in most West African countries call for a much more relevant typology of situations, at a time when the heritage of the past, from civil wars to dysfunctions of the justice mechanisms, is, at best, prudently dealt-with by key local actors and all stakeholders, including the international community.

In 1975, as Program Officer for Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia, Mr. Welffens began 29 years of public service with UNICEF including 7 years as Representative in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) and Burkina Faso. He was responsible for the planning, coordination, implementation and monitoring of programs collaborating with governments and other agencies. As Country Representative in particular, he influenced policy with the Executive branch of Government.

 

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John M. Mugisa, PhD.

John Mugisa is a professional with demonstrated wealth of experience in Peacebuilding Programme management, coordination and implementation in Central Africa, Eastern Africa, Southern Africa and recently West Africa. He has sound knowledge of conflict resolution, prevention, transformation, mediation, gender approaches in conflict and post-conflict recovery, human rights, democracy, good governance, human security, civil society, social and economic justice. Besides his academic career, he is a trained African Civilian Personnel in Peacebuilding and Good Governance at the Centre for International Affairs (LECIA) and the Kofi Anan Centre for Peacekeeping Training (KACPT), Accra, Ghana.

He is a training alumna of the Network University (Amsterdam) and the Centre for Conflict Resolution, Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford (UK). John Holds a PhD in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa.

 

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