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KIMPA VITA - the mother of the African Revolution
Fri 21 April 2017, 17:00 – 20:00 BST
Join film producer Ne Kunda Nlaba for a Screening of Kimpa Vita - La Mere de la Revolution Africaine
Who was Kimpa Vita?
- One of the first African women to fight against European dominance in Africa during the colonial period & expose the racism and misogyny in the Catholic church.
- She fought all forms of slavery, and tried to reconcile Christianity with African religions and beliefs, teaching people that black saints mingled with white saints in paradise. This was revolutionary, since Catholic priests in the area (Capuchins) taught that ONLY white saints could be found in heaven
- While still in her teens, she started a non-violent anti Colonial movement to liberate the Kingdom of Kongo and return it to its former glory.
- Led thousands of her people to rebuild and repopulate Mbanza Kongo, the capital of the once glorious unified Kingdom of Kongo.
- She was burned at the stake as a witch for heresy.
The fifteenth century was a time when the legacy of powerful African Kingdoms were wickedly invaded by the West. The African people’s rich and plentiful history-interrupted by slavery, genocide and the deportation of Africans to new lands. In the account, The Great Kingdom on Kongo was no exception.
A century later in 1704, a fearless young woman decides to fight for her country and while she tragically meets her demise, and is burned alive on the 2nd of July 1706, she is always remembered throughout her Kingdom as, Kimpa Vita: The Mother of the African Revolution.
Sponsored by SPACE