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Congolese urban art, or popular painting, is a primary medium of urban cultural memory in the Congo. The popular paintings in A Congo Chronicle trace the first non-colonial president of the country, Patrice Lumumba’s story from his winning of the national elections during the period preceding the Congo’s accession to independence, his daring independence tirade, and his subsequent removal from power and execution.
The paintings had a huge impact on the election of Lumumba for the first president, and helped transform him into a powerful symbol. They were made to be within the buying power of the urban middle classes, and could thus be reproduced, hung in homes, and had a major political effect in a country where many people did not read or have access to mass media.