Tour de la Francophonie: The DRC

Democratic Republic of Congo:

A Giant in the Heart of Africa

Wednesday 21 April
En Français

Join Didier Kabing for a presentation about his native country: The Democratic Republic of Congo, also known as DR Congo, DRC, DROC, RDC, Congo-Kinshasa, or simply Congo!


With the fourth largest population in Africa, spread across a huge area, the 90+ million people of DRC are made up of over 200 ethnic groups and speak over 215 languages.  French is the official language.  The other 4 most common languages are Lingala, Swahili, Kikongo, Tshiluba.

The Virunga National Park is the oldest national park in Africa and one of the most biologically diverse areas on the planet. The Virunga contains two of the world's most active volcanoes and is home to the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas. 

The DRC is a country to be reckoned with: Limitless water, from the world's second-largest river, the Congo, a benign climate and rich soil make the country particularly fertile. Beneath the soil abundant deposits of copper, gold, diamonds, cobalt, uranium, coltan and oil are just some of the minerals that could make the DRC one of the richest countries in the world.  

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Didier Kabing was born in Lubumbashi, province of Haut-Katanga in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Didier did his schooling in Collège Saint François de Salle  and Collège Tutazamie, then went on to study and graduate from Medical School at Lubumbashi University, with a specialization in obstetrics.

As a young Medical Doctor, Didier moved to Kinshasa where he practiced for 5 years.  He was then appointed as Head of Family Planning for the DRC by the Health Minister.  The position, which he held for 10 years, provided him with multiple opportunities to travel abroad.  Several visits to the US motivated Didier and his family to relocate to North Carolina in 2017.