[June 9] Let’s meet the world: the Democratic Republic of Congo

<Landscape of Salonga Nation Park in the  Democratic Republic of Congo>

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is a country located in Central Africa. It shares boarder with Central African Republic, South Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, Angola, and the Republic of the Congo. It meets the Atlantic Ocean in the west. This nation is the second largest country in Africa by area and the eleventh largest country in the world. Its general climate is tropical – the north of Equator has wet season in April through October and dry season in December through February and the south of Equator has wet season in November through March and dry season in April through October. Their equatorial location makes the nation experience high precipitation and the nation have the highest frequency of thunderstorms in the world. Also, it makes the nation sustain the Congo Rainforest, the second largest rain forest in the world after that of the Amazon. This country has five World Heritage Sites by UNESCO – Virunga National Park (1979), Garamba National Park (1980), Kahuzi-Biega National Park (1980), Salonga National Park (1984) and Okapi Wildlife Reserve (1996). However, this nation also suffers from some issues such as poaching threatens wildlife populations, water pollution, deforestation, etc. like other countries in Africa.
Today (June 9), the Democratic Republic of the Congo hosted the National Day at Yeosu Expo. They directed their celebration stage with special guests’ performance and fashion show. A group named “Royaume Zipompa” with a special guest, Awilo Longomba performed a music genre called Congolese rumba and soukouss which is the most popular music in Africa. Ms. Carine Pala, an actress and popular fashion designer from Congo held a fashion show untitled “Et Dieu crea la femme” meaning “and God created a woman.” In this fashion show she showed fabulous clothes made from only Congolese fabrics called “SHOWA.”

First, Yeony and Suny introduce Congo’s big stars, Royaume Zipompa and Awilo Longomba!

Now, it is time to enjoy unique fashion show indigenous to the Democratic Republic of the Congo!