)) is the capital and the largest city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is located on the Congo River.

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.


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INTERVIEW: JD Morvan on Muhammad Ali: Kinshasa 1974 and the epic Rumble in the Jungle

The Beat 03 Mar 2021
Kinshasa 1974 covers a lot of history. When Muhammed Ali fought George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire on October 30, 1974, the “Rumble in the Jungle” became arguably the most famed sporting event of the 20th century ... Kinshasa 1974’ is such a beautiful book with so many powerful angles – from the photos to the art to Ali himself.

Italian ambassador among 3 killed in attack on Congo convoy

Springfield News-Sun 22 Feb 2021
The Italian ambassador to Congo, Luca Attanasio, poses for a photo during a visit to the Sant'Egidio Community Dream center in Kinshasa, Congo, on Jan ... 5th from right, pose for a photo during a visit to the Sant'Egidio Community Dream center in Kinshasa, Congo, on Jan.

Luca Attanasio: Italian ambassador killed in Congo during kidnap attempt

Yahoo Daily News 22 Feb 2021
File photo of a United Nations convoy north of the provincial capital of Goma (Getty Images) ... EPA ... Mr Attanasio, who was married and had three children, had been Italy‘s head of mission in Kinshasa since 2017 and was made ambassador in 2019. Unverified photos shared on social media showed a UN vehicle with smashed windows along its left side ... .

Chinese FM's Africa visit conveys clear message on strengthening ties

People Daily 10 Jan 2021
Photo taken on May 2, 2020 shows the Ubungo interchange under construction by China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania ... Members of a Chinese medical team pose for a photo upon their arrival at the airport with officials from China and Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in Kinshasa, DRC, May 12, 2020.

Breaking with predecessor, Congo's Tshisekedi seeks new parliamentary base

Yahoo Daily News 01 Jan 2021
FILE PHOTO ... KINSHASA (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo President Felix Tshisekedi has asked a senator to work out if he can build up a new bloc of supporters in parliament that could help him force out a cabinet dominated by backers of his predecessor, Joseph Kabila ... News18 ... Kylie Jenner 'swims into 2021', shares steamy bikini photos.

Second COVID-19 wave hits West & Central Africa as weather cools

Metro USA 17 Dec 2020
In the capital Kinshasa, home to around 12 million people, most do not wear masks in public ... (Additional reporting by Kissima Diagana in Nouakchott and Hereward Holland in Kinshasa; Writing by Edward McAllister; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky). FILE PHOTO ... Gombe commune of Kinshasa.

China plays winning and losing hands in Africa

Asiatimes 16 Dec 2020
Yet looking at things from Beijing’s perspective, these are all unintended consequences of a simple drive ... Photo ... Congolese students demonstrate with signs reading ‘No to the Chinese’ on November 28, 2016, to protest against the handover to the Chinese Embassy of a part of their school in a well-off area in Northern Kinshasa. Photo ... Photo ... That is ... ....

DR Congo crisis deepens after fresh clashes in parliament

Manila Bulletin 09 Dec 2020
MP Aminata Namasia, Deputy Justice Minister Mboso Nkodia and MP Gael Bussa speak to the press as they are installed as the temporary board of the Parliament of the Democratic Republic of Congo, in Kinshasa, on December 8, 2020. (Photo by ALEXIS HUGUET / AFP).

Sindika Dokolo, husband of Angolan billionaire, dies in Dubai

The National 31 Oct 2020
Dokolo's family announced his death in a statement posted to his Twitter account ... On Thursday, Ms Dos Santos posted a photo of her and Dokolo on Instagram with the caption "My love". Born in the Congolese capital of Kinshasa, Dokolo, 48, was a major art collector and is said to have owned more than 5,000 contemporary African artworks ... .
photo: Creative Commons / MONUSCO/Abel Kavanagh
On 17 January 1961, Patrice Lumumba passed away, victim of his “dream“ for a free, democratic and developed Congo

A modicum of release: Lumumba’s remains return home at last

Mail Guardian South Africa 18 Sep 2020
The man who disposed of Patrice Lumumba’s body, Gérard Soete, wrote a book about his gruesome act (Photo. Cilo/Gamma-Rapho) ... Le président zaïrois Mobutu Sese Seko lors de la prestation de son serment constitutionnel avec son épouse Bobi Ladawa Mobutu le 5 décembre 1984 à Kinshasa, Zaïre. (Photo by CILO/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images) ... Laying to rest.

New hotline helps families survive abuse in Congo

Metro USA 26 May 2020
KINSHASA (Reuters) – Four days after the Congolese government shut down Kinshasa’s pulsating nightlife, her husband knocked out some of her teeth and went to live with his mistress, leaving her bleeding and naked on the floor ... FILE PHOTO ... FILE PHOTO. The spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Kinshasa.

Coronavirus dans le monde : ce que vous devez savoir aujourd'hui

Radio Canada 28 Mar 2020
D'autres pays en revanche n'en sont pas encore là ... Photo . Reuters / Yara Nardi ... L’Afrique en alerte ... Photo . Reuters / Siphiwe Sibeko. À Kinshasa, capitale surpeuplée de République démocratique du Congo, le confinement a été reporté par crainte d'insécurité après une flambée des prix des biens de première nécessité ... .