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Patrice Lumumba

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Patrice Emery Lumumba was one of the most illustrious African nationalist leaders of the twentieth century. This biography looks at Lumumba’s life, as both a man and a political leader of the then Belgian Congo (today’s Democratic Republic of Congo) and his involvement towards the national independence movement.

Patrice Emery Lumumba was one of the most illustrious African nationalist leaders of the twentieth century. This biography looks at Lumumba’s life, as both a man and a political leader of the then Belgian Congo (today’s Democratic Republic of Congo) and his involvement towards the national independence movement.

His martyrdom in the struggle for political self-determination, economic self-reliance, and pan-African solidarity against the forces of neocolonialism and counterrevolution is the main reason why he remains such a popular figure in the Congo and in Africa.

– Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja


Nzongola-Ntalaja’s short and concise book provides a contemporary analysis examining both Lumumba’s strengths and his weaknesses as a political leader. It also surveys the national, continental and international contexts of Lumumba’s political ascent and his swift elimination by the interests threatened by his ideas and practical reforms; the history and politics of Congo during its colonial years; as well as six months after its independence from Belgium. 

Lumumba … was a pivotal player in the history of African nationalism, in the same league as Mandela in terms of his influence. Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja provides an excellent short introduction to Lumumba’s life and historical significance.

– David N. Gibbs, Professor of History, University of Arizona

By the young age of thirty-five, he was able to play a significant role towards his country’s independence. 

Even decades after Lumumba’s death, his personal integrity and unyielding dedication to the ideals of self-determination, self-reliance and pan-African solidarity assure him a prominent place among the heroes of the twentieth-century African independence movement and the worldwide African diaspora.

 

About the Author

Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja is a professor of African, African American, and diaspora studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and professor emeritus of African studies at Howard University. He is a past president of the African Studies Association and the author of The Congo from Leopold to Kabila: A People’s History. 

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Author: Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja
ISBN: 9781431421138
d-PDF ISBN: 9781431421145
ePUB ISBN: 9781431421152
mobi file ISBN: 9781431421169
Size (mm): 180x110mm
Pages: 160pp
Format: Paperback
Colour: Black and White 
Rights: South African
Language: English
Publication Date: November 2014