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Precolonial Angola

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The Kingdom of Kongo extended on today's northern Angola, the western Democratic Republic of Congo and parts of the Republic of the Congo.
Joan-Frances Blanc

The language spoken in Cabinda (a dialect of kikongo) is locally called kiombe.
Antonio Martins, 04 Aug 1998

Musikongo was a state claimed by the Bakongo peoples from northern Angola to the Gabon/Congo frontier.
Zeljko Heimer, 13 Oct 2001


[Bakongo flag] image by Jaume Ollé, 27 Aug 2003

The colours white, blue and orange, as seen on the 2003 flag proposal of Angola, are the Bakongo colours.

In 1998 the following brief brief note was published in the Flag Report :
KINSHASA, July 6 (Reuters) - A self-proclaimed king who has called for the independence of three of the 11 provinces of the Democratic Republic of  Congo has been arrested along with dozens of supporters, government officials said on Monday. "King'' Bernard Mizele was arrested at the weekend in the town of Muanda in the western province of Bas-Congo. Mizele fled there after eight militiamen and soldiers were killed in clashes between his guards and government troops conducting a weapons search around his home in the capital Kinshasa on Thursday. Military officials said Mizele's militia were surprisingly well-organised and they suspected the support of members of the late Mobutu Sese Seko's army. The officials said the secessionists would be brought before a military tribunal, probably on Tuesday. Mizele, who leads a "government'' with over 30 ministers, wants independence for Bas-Congo, Bandundu and Kinshasa. The three provinces, including the capital, make up part of the ancient Kongo Kingdom which, prior to colonial rule, embraced parts of neighbouring Congo-Brazzaville and Angola. Mizele is believed by some in the capital to have magic powers but is widely considered an eccentric. His secessionist programme commands little popularity, even among his own ethnic group, the Bakongo of Bas-Congo. His secessionist designs have got him into trouble before. He was imprisoned in 1995 and 1996 under Mobutu, but was released shortly after President Laurent Kabila ousted Mobutu in a military campaign in May 1997.
Jaume Ollé, 27 Aug 2003