New Breath, or burgeoning Congo is an optimistic work that celebrates the future and the grandeur of Congo by capitalizing on its greatest asset: the people.
Brussels, Belgium Aimé Mpané
Chosen byCecile Djunga
I choose Nouveau Souffle ou le Congo Bourgeonnant by Aimé Mpane, because it is directed towards the future. It sets a dialogue going between Belgium and Congo. It is a positive piece that addresses the confrontation with the past while stretching out a conciliatory hand to the future.
The Kimbanguist Church was an important part of my upbringing. It brought me for the first time into contact with singing and taught me to develop my voice. Which is why the Church is close to my heart and why I chose this painting of Papa Simon Kimbangu and Patrice Lumumba.
This pirogue is 22.5 metres long and weighs roughly 3,500 kilos. It is made from the trunk of a Sipo tree and can transport up to 100 people.
Chosen byDavid van Reybrouck
It is incredible to grasp that this enormous dugout canoe was ever used to navigate the flow of the Congo. For that reason alone I want to be the spokesman and glorifier of this impressive piece of wood.
African musical instruments are often much more than just objects that produce sound. This slit drum or 'talking drum' is in fact a means of communication, a voice that conveys messages between the villages of an particular community. The village drummer transforms spoken language into rhytmic codes.
Chosen byMarie Daulne
I choose this slit drum because my grandfather used to play the igogo. I hope that this instrument can let a positive message reverberate among all those who want to hear it.
The tree pangolin (Phataginus tricuspis) is one of eight extant species of pangolins ("scaly anteaters"), and is native to equatorial Africa. Also known as the white-bellied pangolin or three-cusped pangolin, it is the most common of the African forest pangolins.
Chosen byPierre Kroll
I was born in the Congo, but I have no memories of the country. Which is why I often visited the Africa Museum, where I discovered items from a distant, bizarre world. I was always fascinated by the stuffed animals like this pangolin that looks like it comes from another planet.
Archives concerning the transfer of land by local dignitaries of the Boma region to the Committee for Studies of the Upper Congo, an agency that preceded the Congo Free State.
Region of Boma, RD Congo Paper Before 1897
Chosen byRonny Mosuse
I'm going for an item that’s a tangible piece of history. It’s a bill of sale between three literate Belgians and an illiterate Congolese, who which gives away a great deal in return for very little. In My AfricaMuseum those sort of things are of enormous importance.
This is a photograph of Fréderic Orban, the brother of my great-grandmother who left for Africa as a second lieutenant. He died when he had to lead a goods transport for Stanley but he became the hero of our family.