King Fabrice Zombi Kavabioko is a Congolese traditional chief. He is well known by his nickname “Zombi” because of his involvement in wrestling culture among Congolese community in the diaspora.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), power is separated and well define between political power and traditional power. When an eminent and high-profile politician is elected or appointed, traditional leaders gather to invest him to reign on their soil as well. Traditional power is that recognition an individual acquires to lead his tribal fellows on the land of their ancestors. Beside the evolution of political border nowadays, most cultures in Africa are still practicing that traditional custom.
King Zombi is a descendant of a King in the Kingdom of Kongo extended land. He previously lived in South Africa where he has taken many initiatives to assist Congoleses. He practiced and organized many activities such as wrestling and Youth mobilization for the reestablishment of peace in the war torn African nation of Congo. After receiving the echo of his activities as a leader in the Congolese diaspora, some Congolese official expressed the will to work hand-to-hand with Fabrice Zombi back in the country.
King Zombi led mass mobilization of the youth appealing for peace in times of protests and political violence in Kinshasa. He mediated to approach different traditional leaders to work together with official for a peaceful solution in many challenges that the Democratic Republic of Congo is facing.After the successful lunch of many peace initiative campaigns, King Fabrice Zombi was invested back in the Suku tribe, as the unique ambassador of the Kongo king Mini Kongo. He was tasked to reunite all Suku people under one united banner and honor their culture. He is the descendant and the chosen heir of the traditional power of Suku kingdom.
As a king, Fabrice Zombi Kavabioko has moved to meet up with his fellow colleague kings around Africa on his stature as a traditional king as well. He was received by King Mswathi of Swaziland in Mbabane on the occasion of Mswathi’s birthday. They held talks on multiple challenges facing traditional power and leaders in the current world situation. He was also received byToni Mphephu Ramabulana the King of Venda in South Africa.
This visit was to build up strong ties and talk chiefship, leadership, protection of tribesmen and possible ways of investing to advance African agenda. In the long process of his international tour, King Zombi was received by Mr D van Rooye the South African minister of Traditional Affairs. They discussed issues related to the power of traditional leaders, the people their lead and the survival of traditional power.
By acquiring this international exposure, King Fabrice Zombi Kavabioko has taken the opportunity to look further on how to restructure solid links between African traditional kingdoms and a way forward in building stable nations with African initiated values and principles.
King Zombi has received many international recognitions by other Kings in Africa such as diplomas, certificates and many other symbols to elevate him at his rank as a true son of the land of Africa. He believes that Africa needs people who can first know who they are, where they are and where they are heading. By doing so, Africans can define their goals and engage their destiny with proud and determination without waiting to be instructed by external cultures.
When asked what his greater ambitions are, King Fabrice Zombi Kavabioko says he is addressing the issue of development in the Kongo land. He is meeting and talking to possible investors to discover and use economic opportunities that offers the land.
In fact, the Kongo people are situated in the Bandundu (Kwango, Kwilu) province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. In that area, basic economic infrastructures suffer of a huge deterioration. Roads, hospitals, schools and universities need to be built. Recreational centers and stadium are of big need as well as work opportunity. The province has the highest literate population rate of the country but suffers employment opportunities. If King Fabrice Zombi’s mission is successful, many changes will be made in the lives of the people of the area. By extension, investing in Congo will also benefit all Congolese because many cities will indirectly contribute to providing materials for construction and maintenance of the new structures for example.
King Fabrice Zombi Kavabioko as a traditional leader is exploring various opportunities for local development for businessmen and investors. His official mandate is sanctioned by his consecration by the Union of Traditional Chiefs in 2014 as one of them. All Congolese may unite with him to build a strong country and open new horizons for the development of the country.