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Tree pangolin
Tree pangolin
The tree pangolin (Phataginus tricuspis) is one of eight extant species of pangolins ("scaly anteaters"), and is native to equatorial Africa. Also known as the white-bellied pangolin or three-cusped pangolin, it is the most common of the African forest pangolins.
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Tree pangolin
Chosen by Pierre Kroll

I was born in the Congo, but I have no memories of the country. Which is why I often visited the Africa Museum, where I discovered items from a distant, bizarre world. I was always fascinated by the stuffed animals like this pangolin that looks like it comes from another planet.

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Treaty
Treaty
Archives concerning the transfer of land by local dignitaries of the Boma region to the Committee for Studies of the Upper Congo, an agency that preceded the Congo Free State.
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Treaty
Chosen by Ronny Mosuse

I'm going for an item that’s a tangible piece of history. It’s a bill of sale between three literate Belgians and an illiterate Congolese, who which gives away a great deal in return for very little. In My AfricaMuseum those sort of things are of enormous importance.

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Tambour
Tambour
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Tambour
Chosen by Bart Peeters

All good music finds its roots in Africa. I also played in Senegal in the first part of a Youssou N’Dour concert, who had eight of these drums. Impressive.

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Photograph of Frédéric Orban
Photograph of Frédéric Orban
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Photograph of Frédéric Orban
Chosen by Christophe Deborsu

This is a photograph of Fréderic Orban, the brother of my great-grandmother who left for Africa as a second lieutenant. He died when he had to lead a goods transport for Stanley but he became the hero of our family.

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Football made from plastic bags
Football made from plastic bags
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Football made from plastic bags
Chosen by Vincent Kompany

This football made out of plastic bags shows how, despite difficult circumstances, you can be creative and see potential in everyday items.

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Statue
Statue
New Breath, or burgeoning Congo is an optimistic work that celebrates the future and the grandeur of Congo by capitalizing on its greatest asset: the people.
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Statue
Chosen by Cecile Djunga

I choose Nouveau Souffle ou le Congo Bourgeonnant by Aimé Mpane, because it is directed towards the future. It sets a dialogue going between Belgium and Congo. It is a positive piece that addresses the confrontation with the past while stretching out a conciliatory hand to the future.

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Chosen by Coely

The Kimbanguist Church was an important part of my upbringing. It brought me for the first time into contact with singing and taught me to develop my voice. Which is why the Church is close to my heart and why I chose this painting of Papa Simon Kimbangu and Patrice Lumumba.

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Pirogue
Pirogue
This pirogue is 22.5 metres long and weighs roughly 3,500 kilos. It is made from the trunk of a Sipo tree and can transport up to 100 people.
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Pirogue
Chosen by David van Reybrouck

It is incredible to grasp that this enormous dugout canoe was ever used to navigate the flow of the Congo. For that reason alone I want to be the spokesman and glorifier of this impressive piece of wood.

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Bronze bell
Bronze bell
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Bronze bell
Chosen by Eric Kabongo

This bell is a wake-up call for me. I would also like to have a large bell chime to indicate that it is time for Africa to step up to the plate and come into its own.

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Slit drum
Slit drum
African musical instruments are often much more than just objects that produce sound. This slit drum or 'talking drum' is in fact a means of communication, a voice that conveys messages between the villages of an particular community. The village drummer transforms spoken language into rhytmic codes.
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Slit drum
Chosen by Marie Daulne

I choose this slit drum because my grandfather used to play the igogo. I hope that this instrument can let a positive message reverberate among all those who want to hear it.

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