[Ngumu] Lufu Lwa Muhammad Ali

The whole world has heard the sad news early this morning. Muhammad Ali was a great champion and a true legend who stood by his words. He paid the price for it but maybe that is why is also respected so much. He fought all his life and perhaps his hardest fights were off the ring, against the government for his decision not to go to Vietnam to fight and also for his faith. He received much criticism for his conversion to Islam. But the greatest fight must have been the one against Parkinson. He fought long and well. Muhammad Ali will remain has a piece of Congolese heritage. May he rest in peace.

UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 17: Muhammad Ali holding the Heavyweight Title Belt that he received from Ring Magazine. (Photo by Phil Greitzer/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES – SEPTEMBER 17: Muhammad Ali holding the Heavyweight Title Belt that he received from Ring Magazine. (Photo by Phil Greitzer/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Heavyweight champ Muhammad Ali, center, leaves the Armed Forces induction center with his entourage after refusing to be drafted into the Armed Forces in Houston, April 28, 1967. Hundreds of Ali fans and supporters filled the streets to greet him when he left the building. (AP Photo)
Heavyweight champ Muhammad Ali, center, leaves the Armed Forces induction center with his entourage after refusing to be drafted into the Armed Forces in Houston, April 28, 1967. Hundreds of Ali fans and supporters filled the streets to greet him when he left the building. (AP Photo)

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Muhammad Ali is seen training October 9, 1974 for his world championship fight in Zaire. (AP Photo)
Muhammad Ali is seen training October 9, 1974 for his world championship fight in Zaire. (AP Photo)

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Rumble in the Jungle, Kinshasa, Zaïre, 1974, full fight

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Foreman’s Interview about the fight

George Foreman at the time wasn’t really liked by the Congolese people because he didn’t know of the history. If he did, he would have made sure not to bring his german sheppard. Those dogs were used by the Belgian police during the colonization and they were not used only to intimidate if you know what I mean. This faux-pas ruined his image.

The documentary Soul Power covers the music festival that was organized in parallel of the fight. Because Foreman hurt himself, they had to postpone the fight by one month. The story says Mobutu confiscated the passports and forced the people to stay in Zaïre to make sure the fight would actually take place. He, of course, used this historical event to further his political plans.

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Anyima wenda ikisha mu bupole.

[Today in History] February 11th

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1961 – Patrice Lumumba, 1st premier Congo, murdered at 34

[Today in History] November 24th

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1964 – Rebellion ends in Zaire

1965 – Marshal Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu becomes President of Zaire; Congo milt coup under Gen Mobutu, Pres Kasavubu overthrown

1966 – 1st TV station in Congo, Kinshasa (Zaire)

[Today in History] October 27th

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1964 – Congo rebel leader Christopher Gbenye holds 60 Americans and 800 Belgians during the Simba revolution
1971 – Republic of Congo becomes Republic of Zaire

[Today in History] August 5th

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1877 – Henry Morton Stanley’s letter in order to aid reaches Boma at Congo

1964 – Congo rebellion: Christopher Gbenye/Pierre Mulele conquer Stanleyville

BIRTHDAYS

1982 – Jean Kasusula Kiritsho, football player, is born in Kisangani, Oriental Province

[Today in History] July 10th

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1960 – Belgium sends troops to Congo
1964 – Moïse Tshombe becomes premier of Congo

DEATHS

2008 – Albert Kanta Kambala, international football player and coach, dies in Kikwit, Bandundu Province

[Today in History] June 30th

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1960 – Belgian Congo declares independence from Belgium and becomes the Republic of Congo

1964 – Last UN troops leave Congo

1966 – Léopoldville is renamed Kinshasa

BIRTHDAYS

1960 – Joseph Ilunga Kankolongo aka Lelimba wa Kutshila, lead singer of traditional music band of Kasayi Bayuda du Congo, is born in Kananga, West Kasayi

[Today in History] June 26th

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1964 – Moise Tshombe forms government in Congo

[Documentary] Moïse Tshombé, un visionnaire assassiné

Ce documentaire, datant, je pense, des années 75-80, traite principalement de la période de troubles suivant l’indépendance, de 1963 à 1969, notamment des tentatives de prise de pouvoir de Moïse Tshombe alors opposé à Mobutu.

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