Friday, March 22, 2013

On a Street named Lumumba

Still standing, at least...
Radio Okapi reports that work on Kinshasa's Lumumba Boulevard--the road to the airport--has all but ceased. It had been a showcase project for Kabila prior to the 2011 national election: But today, says RO, it"ressemble aujourd’hui à un chantier abandonné. Ni les équipes de travail ni les engins ne sont plus visible..." (nb., the use of the word "chantier.")

Which reminds me to plug Guy Tillim's 2009 book of photographs on Lumumba avenues/streets/boulevards/roads etc. in Angola, Benin, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Madagascar and Mozambique. Patrice would have wept.

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