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Famous Congolese

People listed are almost always native to the country. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within the country for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the country in their personal endeavors.

A - B

  • Mwimbi Papy Abedi martial artist
  • Cyrille Adoula politician
  • Floribert Chebeya Bahizire human rights activist
  • Balufu Bakupa-Kanyinda filmmaker
  • Sammy Baloji photographer
  • Ted Bami boxer
  • Barly Baruti comics writer, artist
  • Cecile Bayiha actress
  • M'bilia Bel singer
  • Tshimanga "Tim" Biakabutuka football player
  • Herry Saliku Biembe boxer
  • Bismack Biyombo basketball player
  • Camille-Pierre Pambu Bodo painter
  • Marc Mahele Lieko Bokungu Zairian general
  • Antoine-Roger Bolamba journalist, politician
  • Guy Bomanyama-Zandu filmmaker
  • Justin Bomboko politician
  • Henri Bowane musician
  • Bozi Boziana singer, musician
  • Alex Bunema boxer
C - D
  • Moise Katumbi Chapwe politician
  • Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui army officer
  • Marie Daulne singer
  • Yves Debay war correspondent
  • Jacques Depelchin historian, militant
  • Diblo Dibala musician
  • Matou Dodoly musician
  • Sindika Dokolo art collector
  • Emmanuel Dungia politician, diplomat, author
E - G
  • King Kester Emeneya musician
  • Frederic Etsou-Nzabi-Bamungwabi archbishop
  • Corneilli Ewango environmentalist
  • Christian Eyenga basketball player
  • Antoine Gizenga politician, former prime minister
I - J
  • Christian Atoki Ileka ambassador
  • Danyo "Dibuba" Ilunga kickboxer
  • Herita N'Kongolo Ilunga footballer
  • Fally Ipupa singer, songwriter
  • Evoloko Jacker singer
  • Bulambo Lembelembe Josue minister, human rights defender
K
  • Maguy Kabamba writer, translator
  • Joseph Kabila Kabange president
  • Laurent-Desire Kabila former president
  • Julien Paluku Kahongya politician
  • Le Grand Kalle singer, bandleader
  • Pepe Kalle singer, musician, bandleader
  • Kama Sywor Kamanda writer, poet
  • Barbara Kanam singer, songwriter, music producer
  • Serge Kanyinda actor
  • Patrick Elamenji Kanyuka footballer
  • Lokua Kanza singer, songwriter
  • Nicolas Kasanda musician, composer
  • Alain Kaleta Kashama football player
  • Foam Moukandjo Kassongo boxer
  • Eric Kibanza judoka
  • Mundindi Didi Kilengo ambassador
  • Gary Senga Kikaya athlete
  • Dedeline Mibamba Kimbata paralympic track and field athlete
  • Andre Kimbuta politician
  • Bodys Isek Kingelez sculptor, artist
  • Antoine Wendo Kolosoy musician, "father of Congolese rumba music"
  • Pitcho Womba Konga actor
  • Odette Maniema Krempin entrepreneur, philanthropist, honorary consul
  • Gabriel Amisi Kumba army officer
  • Josef Kumbela actor, filmmaker
L
  • Zeka Laplaine actor, film director
  • Ray Lema musician
  • Ricardo Lemvo singer
  • Faustin Linyekula dancer, choreographer
  • Leroy Halirou Bohari Lita footballer
  • Josky Kiambukuta Londa singer, songwriter, composer
  • Awilo Longomba musician, singer
  • Empompo "Deyesse" Loway singer, composer, musician
  • Ntumba Luaba politician
  • Patrice Emery Lumumba former prime minister
  • Joseph Lumumba lyricist, author of national anthem
  • Simaro Massiya Lutumba composer, arranger, producer, musician
M
  • Alain Mabanckou novelist, journalist, poet
  • Gilbert Youlou Mabiala singer, composer
  • Mwadi Mabika basketball player
  • Michele Magema artist
  • Francois Luambo Makiadi singer, songwriter, musician
  • Makoma music group
  • Joseph Makula photographer
  • Nino Malapet musician
  • Buata Bundu Malela comparative literature specialist, historian
  • Joseph-Albert Malula cardinal
  • Helene Mambu public health expert, physician, diplomat
  • Cedric Mandembo judoka
  • Sam Mangwana musician
  • Samba Mapangala musician
  • Rose Mapendo human rights activist
  • Edouard Masengo musician
  • Jessy Matador singer
  • Mbuyamu Ilankir "Freddy" Matungulu economist
  • Dieudonne Kayembe Mbandakulu army officer
  • D. J. Mbenga basketball player
  • Ndondoboni Mobonda theologian, lawyer, politician
  • Katia Mounthault author
  • Pierre Moutouari singer
  • Christian M'Pumbu martial artist
  • Fabrice Ndala Muamba footballer
  • V. Y. Mudimbe philosopher, professor, author
  • Denis Mukwege physician
  • Freddy Mulongo journalist
  • Witness-Patchelly Kambale Musonia journalist, radio host
  • Modeste Mutinga journalist, politician
  • Dikembe Mutombo basketball player
  • Moise Kabaku Mutshail diplomat, ambassador
  • Guy Kabeya Muya filmmaker
  • Adolphe Muzito former prime minister
  • Jean-Marie Daniel "Danny" Mwanga footballer
  • Rachel Mwanza actress
  • Willy Kalombo Mwenze long-distance runner
N
  • Christelle Ndila Miss Congo 2008
  • Stany Kempompo Ngangola swimmer
  • Mweze Ngangura film director
  • Chris Ngimbi kick boxer
  • Rene Ngongo biologist, environmentalist, political activist
  • Theodore Ngoy political scientist, lawyer, pastor
  • Bernadette Ngoyisa basketball player
  • Mbuyi Nkitabungi missionary
  • Blaise Istesima Nkufo footballer
  • Kavidi Wivine N'Landu poet, politician
  • Denis Kalume Numbi politician, army officer
  • Yannick Nyanga rugby player

O - S

  • Jean Marie Okwo-Bele physician epidemiologist
  • Koffi Olomide singer, dancer, producer, composer
  • Andre Bimi Ombale singer, songwriter, musician
  • Jimmy Omonga singer, songwriter
  • Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya archbishop
  • Tabu Ley Rochereau musician
  • Cheri Samba painter
  • Mobutu Sese Seko politician, former president
  • Staff Benda Bilili music group
  • Philemon Kisempia Sungilanga army officer
T - W
  • Etienne Tshisekedi politician
  • William Unek police constable, mass murderer
  • Felix Manauku Waku musician
  • Ernest Wamba dia Wamba politician, academic, theorist
  • Papa Wemba musician
Y - Z
  • Frederick Kambemba Yamusangie novelist, playwright, poet
  • Gabriel Abdala Zakuani footballer
  • Steve Zakuani footballer
  • Roger Kwami Zinga filmmaker

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This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.