Where should we place Mugabe among the pantheon of African nationalists who led their countries to independence?
Songstress Dorothy Masuku once told South Africa's public broadcaster that music was like breathing for her.
African universities were key actors in developing post-colonial and decolonised societies.
The intertwining of the market, state and society has continued to see itself expressed through music in the DRC.
The recent poll in the DRC was messy. Nevertheless, it showed that significant change is underway in the country.
For William Kentridge, searching and erasure serves as a model for understanding our place in the world.
For many of contemporary Congolese musicians the idea of authenticité was seen as a positive one at a certain level, even though Mobutu abused Congo culture to build his own personality cult.
Congolese President Joseph Kabila was due to step down last year after serving two terms. But he failed to organise elections leading to deadly protests. Is Congo's future now in grave danger?
Patrice Lumumba had a vision for the DRC. He believed that a lasting peace could be achieved through good will, not rifles and bayonets. The great man's vision now lies in tatters.
The Soviet Union tested its own atomic bomb in 1949, to the profound shock of the US. This heated up the Cold War dramatically and thrust the Congo to the centre of American geopolitical strategy