Congolese showcase culture in Botswana

Congolese community showcasing the beauty of their culture during a fashion show PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG
Congolese community showcasing the beauty of their culture during a fashion show PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG

The Congolese Community in Botswana recently organised a fashion show at Alliance Française in Gaborone to give locals a glimpse of how they live in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

During the show, they expressed their way of life, dress sense and showcased their staple food.

The Congolese take pride in the way they dress therefore the fashion show was organised to appreciate their culture. 

“We are a Latin Colony and because of that we really take caution in how we dress and make sure we look good all the time,” one of the organisers of the event, Max said.

“To us it’s almost like a religion to look good, but it is not like by looking good and dressing up in all these expensive labels we sideline our African tradition, we do this in a traditional way, we make sure to engage our culture in every way possible”.  Max said the type of fashion is called Lasap and one can never find it in either Italy or France and has been a part of their everyday lives.  Different materials were on display for people to see and even buy if they were interested. Participants walked down the ramp showcasing the different labels they own, be it Versace, Gucci Louis Vuitton and the likes.

Sweet potatoes, plantain, fufu were the order of the evening.

The Congolese did not only showcase their fashion, they also gave people an opportunity to taste their staple food.

One of the attendees of the event Chisipo Chingologa said she was quite amazed.

“This is actually my first time tasting Congolese foods and I have to say they taste really good. Not only is their food tasty but their culture is quite interesting,” she noted.

Chingologa said she hoped such events could take place regularly so that Batswana can get the chance to learn and interact with people of different cultures.

The Frech speaking DRC has approximately 77 million people.

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