"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


how the other half weds

Congolese politician/2006 presidential candidate/once and possible future rebel leader Mbusa Nyamwisi tied the knot in Kinshasa last week. Beni-Lubero Online has all the pictures of the civil and religious ceremonies (and the reception buffet) you could want. And, believe me, you don't want to miss this. There's a seven-tier cake, at least two wedding gowns, and plenty of awkward to go around.

Now if only we knew what else Mbusa Nyamwisi is up to these days. He's a member of Kabila's coalition, but that may or may not hold through to next year's election season. And then there's all the nasty business with the ADF-NALU, which used to be close to Mbusa Nyamwisi's old rebel force. There were rumors for awhile that his brother was involved in the July fight with the FARDC. Mbusa Nyamwisi is still very, very popular in the far north of North Kivu; it's an open question as to whether he'll run as opposition candidate in next year's elections.

(Photo: Beni-Lubero Online)


Anonymous Christopher Vourlias said...

While I appreciate all the solid analytical work you've done on this blog, this is surely your most remarkable post to date. In some of those photos, it actually looks like Mbusa Nyamwisi's suit is made of chrome. Where are all those so-called conflict minerals going? A Kinshasa tailor, apparently.

Also, we can finally answer the question "How many surly Congolese officials does it take to throw a wedding reception?"

A: Many.

Keep up the good work.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010 4:24:00 PM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

High praise indeed! Thank-you, sir.

For what it's worth, my favorite part is how even his blushing bride was apparently bored by the endless formality. Note that she didn't smile until they were in the getaway car.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010 6:46:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

At some Rwandan weddings the bride does not smile. The idea behind this is that if you do it implies you feel very lucky to be getting married at all.

I must say that the photos all look very normal to me. A bit short on video cameramen maybe, pointing a camera with floodlight attached at you from close range.

In the DRC I guess and for many in Rwanda (particularly Diaspora types who go back home to get married) it is about showing off. I do not know the groom but if he has the cash i guess he can splash it. Unfortunately others who do not, feel the need to try to keep up and in Rwanda for example much more is spent on weddings than the country can afford.

Thursday, October 07, 2010 9:57:00 AM


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