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Republic of the Congo: In Search of Political Heroes

Categories: Sub-Saharan Africa, Republic of Congo, History, Ideas, Politics

Congo-Brazzaville is repatriating the remains of Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, the French-Italian colonialist, and interring them in a mausoleum built at the government's expense. Togolese blogger, Kangni Alem, rebukes those would defend de Brazza [1] and call him a “good colonizer,” quoting one historian's take on why Brazzaville would decide to venerate such a controversial figure [1]: “There is no politician in the Congo worth considering, and so for the Congolese, it's only normal that out of an inferiority complex, they would love a foreigner, a foreigner who was a colonialist…” (Fr)