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Jeremy Rich

Congolese (Brazzaville) politician, was born on 12 January 1915 in the town of N’Gaya-Binda in the Kouilou coastal region of Congo-Brazzaville near Pointe-Noire to a Vili-speaking family. Like many other Vili boys of his generation, he attended the Catholic mission of Loango. At fifteen, he found work on the newly created Congo-Océan Railway that connected the Congolese port of Point-Noire to the federation capital of Brazzaville. From 1930 to 1936, Tchitchelle continued to work on the railway. In 1936 he became the stationmaster of Pointe Noire despite being only twenty one years of age By World War II Tchitchelle found work as a clerk for the large Compagnie Française de l Afrique Occidentale He became drawn to the embryonic trade union movement in Congo Brazzaville as well as the cause of reform promoted by his older Vili political mentor Jean Félix Tchicaya His brilliant oratory and espousal of ...


Richard A. Bradshaw

journalist, politician, and female rights activist in the French colony of Ubangi-Shari in French Equatorial Africa (now the Central African Republic), was born at Ouesso, Middle Congo (Republic of the Congo [Brazzaville]), on 27 August 1906 to a Congolese mother and a European father who was an agent and then director of the Compagnie des Sultanats du Haut-Oubangui, a French concessionary company in the upper Ubangi region of Ubangi-Shari. After growing up in Bangassou, where the headquarters of the Compagnie des Sultanats was located, Jane was educated in Paris and became a journalist for the news agency Opéra Mundi.

While in France in 1940, Vialle joined the underground Résistance movement at Marseille; in 1943 she was arrested and sent to a concentration camp and then to a prison from which she managed to escape Her heroism earned her the Medal of the Résistance After the Liberation of France ...