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DR CONGO – Pan-African passion and ideal for research, education and culture of peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Richard Ossoma-Lesmois et Eugène Mungala.

Back to literary school 2021. The Congolese book in the spotlight at the 3rd Signature Day L’Harmattan: Pan-African passion and ideal for research, education and culture of peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Professor Emeritus Anicet Mungala 1944-2014. Book by Richard Ossoma-Lesmois and Eugène Mungala.

The public of the Congolese diaspora of France, invited to the literary re-entry event in Paris Latin Quarter, responded. The authors, Richard Ossoma-Lesmois and Eugène Mungala, presented their work in tribute to the Diplomate Professor Emeritus Anicet Mungala. The Conference – Dedication highlighted the great international moments experienced by Professor Anicet Assindié Mungala and his intellectual peers, diplomats, heads of African states, other international eminences. First, the Kinshasa Conference in 1975 opened the African Bureau of Education Sciences (BASE) to all member countries of the Organization of African Unity. Then, the 1981 Brazzaville Conference chaired by the Congolese Language Professor and Minister of National Education, Antoine Ndinga Oba; under the high patronage of the President of the People’s Republic of the Congo, Denis Sassou Nguesso. The 144 participants invited to build on the theme: Training and productive work. Finally, the Lagos Conference in Nigeria in 1988, including most of the English-speaking countries and Brazil in the BASE’s fields of intervention.

Followed by a photographic exhibition plunging through a journey through time and space, to the admiration of the immense work accomplished by the eminent Congolese Professor, Anicet Assindié Songzong Mungala. What to relax the public and save the audience, hours of theoretical debates. 
Following the photographic exhibition animated by Eugène Mungala, the public appreciated, at first, the account of the creation in 1973 in Kisangani, of the African Bureau of Educational Sciences (BASE), for the formation of African elites, the supervision of Congolese youth. Currently, the BASE has been reformed. Formerly a specialized body of the Organization of African Unity, the African Bureau has been called the Pan-African Institute for Education since the 2000s.

Secondly, the public asked about Operation Udugu, launched in 1994 by the High Commissioner of Scouts, Anicet Mungala, to help Rwandan refugees in eastern Zaire. Rwandans and others fleeing the civil war broke out between Tutsis and Hutus. Ahead of NGOs and several other international organizations, High Commissioner Mungala had the first, built a humanitarian bridge between Kigali and Goma; erected refugee camps, spread reconciliation among Rwandan communities. Because they were all, in times of absolute distress, victims of the civil war. A sublime approach to ward off any desire for revenge in the mind of either tribe, once the fratricidal conflict is over.

Finally, in a third stage, the public realized the genius of Professor Mungala in his capacity as an artisan of peace in Africa: the installation, in the year 2000, of the Unesco-University Chair for the Culture of Peace, Human Rights, good governance in Central Africa and the States of the Southern African Economic Community. In short, a book classified by the prestigious editions L’Harmattan in the following category: Diplomacy and culture, Narration of sub-Saharan Africa.

The presentation by the author Richard Ossoma-Lesmois evokes a rational pan-Africanist vision, different from the sovereignist currents marked by chimeric slogans since the 1960s. An enlightened vision for present generations, and also for the future.
Diplomat Professor Anicet Mungala and his peers were not in the uphill battle of African demands. African intellectual leaders supported by political figures the formation of elites as one of the pillars of social development, the continent’s economy,” the author explains.

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Eugene Mungala, for his part, defined his presentation from a sentimental angle, a «duty of memory», explaining the testamentary character of the work. Apart from the testimonies of the great intellectuals, diplomats, Heads of States contained in the book: 
My father wanted to write his book in which he would explain all his works made in Africa and for the good of Congolese youth. Its participation in the International Conferences, the need to place education at the crucible of a nation’s unity. My father asked me to listen to him, to prepare a reception for his 70th birthday, during which he would present to his guests the work he had written. Only three days after the evening of our dinner conversation, my father was retiring. So I realized that publishing this book resonated in my mind as a testamentary obligation». Moving! 

Day 3 Signature L’harmattan authors Richard Ossoma-Lesmois et Eugène Mungala autour de l’ouvrage, Passion et idéal panafricain pour la recherche, l’éducation et la culture de paix en République démocratique du Congo, invite à regarder notre passé, to become aware of our responsibilities in terms of efforts to be made in the consolidation of our African (and Congolese) nations, to awaken vocations in present and future generations. In the perspective of a common desirable future. Because history serves only when it positively impacts the positive transformation of societies.


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