Once a site of fishing villages, Kinshasa is now an urban area with a 2014 population of over 11 million. It faces the capital of the neighbouring Republic of Congo, Brazzaville, which can be seen in the distance across the wide Congo River. The city of Kinshasa is also one of the DRC's 11 provinces. Because the administrative boundaries of the city-province cover a vast area, over 90% of the city-province's land is rural in nature, and the urban area only occupies a small section in the far western end of the city-province.
Kinshasa is the third largest urban area in Africa after Cairo and Lagos. It is also the second largest "francophone" urban area in the world after Paris, French being the language of government, schools, newspapers, public services and high-end commerce in the city, while Lingala is used as a lingua franca in the street. If current demographic trends continue, Kinshasa should surpass Paris in population around 2020. Kinshasa hosted the 14th Francophonie Summit in October 2012.
It is situated in the east of the city, south of Gombe and the Boulevard du 30 Juin. In existence since the founding of Léopoldville, the place became with Barumbu and Lingwala part of the city developed indigenous beginning of the twentieth century. The place was once the 1940s linked to the historic heart of Léopoldville, now located at Kintambo, from the boulevard du 30‑Juin. He gave his name to the entire city in 1966.
The district is now home to several institutions of the city of Kinshasa, such as the Grand Market of Kinshasa, the Somba Zikita Market, and the zoological garden.
A selection of the week's best photos from across the continent and beyond. ... A stall keeper in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, dances on Thursday during a visit by the king and queen of Belgium... On the same day, Benedict Ogbu looks at photos of his wife ...
KINSHASA, Feb 11 (Reuters) - The velodrome in Kinshasa's Kintambo neigbourhood rang out with howls of disbelief on Friday, as thousands gathered to say farewell to the 25 people killed when a high-voltage power cable snapped last week in Democratic Republic of Congo's capital.
KINSHASA - On February 2, lighting struck a power cable during a heavy storm, causing it to snap and fall on houses and a market, electrocuting those below ... The coffins were laid out in a long row under an open-sided marquee, gold-framed photos of the victims propped in front.
Three years later, he moved to Kinshasa, where he sold his first guitar to his cousin. “I couldn’t imagine that people in a city like Kinshasa could like a guitar like this ...Guitar luthier Misoko Nzalayala Jean-Luther, alias Socklo, presents a photo at his workshop in Kinshasa.
The Democratic Republic Of Congo, DRC, on Tuesday (November 9) welcomed back its official presidential jet to the country ... The official Twitter handle also shared photos of the white jet which had the country's name and flag when it arrived in the capital, Kinshasa ... #RDC #RETOUR_DE_AVION_PRESIDENTIEL 09.11.2021 / #KINSHASA ... .
The airline will resume operations on Thursday, starting with flights from Johannesburg to Cape Town, Accra, Kinshasa, Harare, Lusaka and Maputo...Photo ... The carrier will initially offer flights from Johannesburg to Cape Town, Accra, Kinshasa, Harare, Lusaka and Maputo ... Photo ... Photo ... Photo.