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Meet The African President Who Changed His Name And The Name Of His Country (Photos)

The late President Joseph Mobutu Sese Seko of Democratic Republic of Congo was the first President in African continent to go against the general belief that African culture is "inferior". He went against this ideology by doing the following in his country.

From 1971, President Mobutu introduced an authenticity programme aimed at reviving Congolese culture. The Congolese culture had been eroded by the assimilation influence of the Belgian people.

The late President Mobutu emphasized that Congolese indigenous culture was the best symbol of identity and nationhood. To give a direction, he dropped his baptism name "Joseph" and changed his name to Mobutu Sese Seko in the year 1971.

President Mobutu changed the name of Congo to Zaire in 1971 so as to differentiate it from Congo (Brazaville) that neighbours Zaire to the west.

He also renamed major towns in his country. For example, he renamed Elizabethville town to Lubumbashi town and Leopoldville town became Kinshasa town.

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