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5 famous people you didn’t know are from the Republic of Congo

August 15, 2019 at 10:32 am | Opinions & Features

Novieku-Babatunde Adeola

Novieku-Babatunde Adeola | Staff Writer

August 15, 2019 at 10:32 am | Opinions & Features

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The Republic of the Congo, also known as Congo-Brazzaville, is located on the western coast of Central Africa. Boarded by Gabon, Cameroon, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola and the Atlantic Ocean, it was formerly part of the French colony.

Established in 1958 and gained independence from France in 1960, the Republic of Congo is the fourth-largest oil producer in the Gulf of Guinea providing the nation with a significant amount of cash reserves for political and economic stability.

With a land area covering about 132, 000 square miles, The Republic of Congo is the 64th largest country in the world. Its economy which is tied to crude oil is amongst the top 150 economies. According to 2017 World Bank estimates, its GDP was the 138th highest in the world.

Congo practices a multi-party-political system and it has been heavily dominated by President Denis Sassou Nguesso who has ruled for 35 of the past 40 years. The Congolese economy is reliant on many natural resources such as petroleum, arable land, and forests.

Filled with culture and diversity, these Congolese are changing the narrative in their own way.

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