The 20th century page of Brazzaville’s history closed with a city brutalized by colonialism, plundered by politicians and destroyed in terrifying civil wars. It is however interesting how the city picked up its 21st century on a high note. It is so different now such that many visitors claim that Brazzaville is the most pleasant city in Central Africa. The Brazzaville we used to know is gone, what we have today is a classic central African city with streets which convey a sense of peace with most evidence of last century wars washed away by the city’s charm.
Brazzaville is located 350km from the mouth of the River Congo on the Northern end. Overlooking the city across the river on the southern bank is Kinshasa, the capital of Democratic republic of Congo.
Unlike some other capital cities, Brazzaville is low-key and unassuming. It was established in 1880 and named after Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza. Brazza is an Italian-French explorer who signed a treaty of protection with the local leader Makoko of the Teke, the said treaty brought the territory under French Empire and the French soon developed the city to rival Belgian-then-controlled Leopoldville (now Kinshasa).
An estimated 1.9 million people live in Brazzaville as of 2015. A majority of this population are (Roman-Catholic) Christians, while followers of other faiths, mainly Animism and Islam a well as other traditional religious, complete the figure.
The interesting thing about this city is its people’s character; Brazzaville is home to people who inspire hope through their courage, their determination, their enduring optimism, and their sense of fun.
Brazzaville is located south of the equator and experiences relatively consistent temperatures throughout the course of the year. The city features a tropical wet and dry climate that runs from October–May and June—September respectively.
This city is the capital and largest city in the Republic of Congo, providing financial and administrative live wire for the country.