The smaller of the two Congos separated by the eponymous river, the country is one of Africa's most urbanized, with most of the population concentrated in cities in its south. Tropical jungles dominating the rest of the nation are mostly uninhabited. A major oil exporter, it boasts thrice the per capita income of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but has grappled with many of the same challenges: Cold War battles, coups, and now, a leader who refuses to leave.

The Italian Noble Who Conquered the Congo With Compassion

If more colonists had shared Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza’s philosophy, Africa would be a very different place.

Why You Should Visit This 'Evil' Brazzaville Museum

This gleaming marble spectacle is a monument to the country’s history and heroism, but don’t expect locals to love it.

Brazzaville's Women Suit Up in Snazzy Sapeur Threads

For nearly a century, the country’s trademark elegant style was barred to women.

A Different Kind of Movie About the Congo

Award-winning filmmaker Paul Freedman discusses his new movie, Merci Congo.


The Carlos Watson Show

The Carlos Watson Show brings bold, impactful conversations with culture-defining celebrities, intellectual pioneers and changemakers, spotlighting the voices you need to hear to make sense of this important time in American history.

The Policy Analyst Going After War Financing in the Congo

Holly Dranginis works to bring peace to an economy that has seen decades of extreme violence and bloodshed.

La Sape Knows Style

Congo’s sartorial subculture — known as La Sape — is turning the dusty streets of Brazzaville into catwalks, and showing that elegance is about attitude, not circumstance.