Battle of the Titans: Brazzaville vs Pointe-Noire
Beyond its 242,000 km2 of surface area, Congo is of great influence in Central Africa. The very essence of Rumba (music defined by its soft and sensual sounds) and the S.A.P.E (Society of Ambiances and Elegant People).
The Congolese territory has about five million inhabitants. The population is concentrated in the south between Brazzaville the capital and Pointe-Noire the industrial city. Timidly one can also city Dolisie and N’kayi.
Brazzaville, administrative and political capital
Unsurprisingly, the green city that is the political capital is home to the majority of administrations. It is the stronghold of the Congolese executive. Historic, like the Nabemba Tower. Brazzaville was Mfoa capital of the Middle Kongo and capital of Free France to continue to ensure the relay of Paris during the Second World War.
Similarly, Pointe-Noire a small fishing town called “Nji Nji” (in vily) became an economic capital thanks to its autonomous deepwater port. Formerly a port was at Loango at the end of the “Caravan Route”, the last path used by slaves.
The Congolese are logically distributed en masse in these two cities. Civil service lovers are flooding the capital. Because everything there is political, according to the supporters of the many political parties, including the PCT, the ruling party, and many others.
A real theater of electorates during the legislative or presidential campaigns. To the point of sometimes making life unstable at the slightest rejection of the results of certain elections. Because criticism is badly perceived. So you have to keep your mouth shut.
Brazzaville has the only public university in the country.
Far from the political fad. The only major public university, Marien N’gouabi, is the dream of the country’s future bachelors. It has lecture halls all over the city. The ENAM on the plateau from the age of 15, the Faculty of Sciences and Letters in Bacongo, etc… Waiting for the delivery of the Denis Sassou N’guesso University in Kintele.
In high school, the teachers very often content their university experiences to awaken this desire to continue to the students. A path that logically regresses in number of subscribers because of the difficulties to find employment after studies. Also, because being a teacher, journalist or firefighter, for example, does not guarantee a bright future. As a result, parents are not enthusiastic about these professions for their children.
Many students and visitors complain about the high cost of living. In addition, the capital city buys its supplies from their hometowns and villages. This exodus penalizes the still archaic production in some regions. While each year the new students are more numerous.
A trend towards urban buildings here and there.
The renovation of certain buildings or the construction of new infrastructures, the multiple gymnasiums are building on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the African games, the viaduct along the river, the stadium la Concorde de Kintélé and many others are part of the new face of Brazzaville.
However, the most popular districts are the most precarious. A paradox that does not say its name even in Pointe-Noire.
The warf and Tikobo are residential areas of the city Océane. From Villa Madiba to the former village of the sailing ships. All the buildings have been built to meet the expectations of this century. But the best is elsewhere.
Pointe-Noire is an affordable city full of opportunities.
One can live there alone with a minimum budget of 1000 FCFA per day. A favorable ground for day laborers. Songolo, Guenin or Sanko the districts of the large industrial bases such as Connect, Halliburton, Waterford, Total E & P Congo, etc.
The Port Autonomy is an appointment not to be missed for the “cooperants” (people living from daily and punctual jobs). Whether within the port itself or nearby. The activities are multiple.
You will even find an improvised makeshift market at the port entrance gate and along the wall of certain institutions such as the ONEMO, diagonally opposite the Bolloré group.
The refinery a district of district 5 is the seat of artisanal fishing. A police station has even been erected on the premises of the said institution. A regulation and control center for responsible fishing. There are plenty of large warehouses selling frozen products such as at Guenin.
In Pointe-Noire fish is sold in all its forms. It is sold fresh, smoked or salted. Free choice to consumers in all the markets of the city. Do not hesitate to visit a restaurant on the coast, you will taste the fish of Pointe-Noire in all its splendour. Discover restaurants on the Niochi application.
It’s easy to get lost in Pointe-Noire
Indeed, the capital is a much better-structured city than the Océane city. The streets and avenues have names and numbers. It is easy to find your way around to the point where public transport has the names of districts. At the parking lot of the Total market, there are buses that run all over the city with specific stops. La Tsiémé (Ouenzé), Guynemere, Mafouta, Talagaï, Kombé and others.
All the opposite of Pointe-Noire where one inhabitant out of ten knows the name of the street or avenue he lives in. Except for the most popular streets and avenues. Transporters make impromptu stops: Capitaine Mpaka on line 15 in Foux, the former big mango tree in Siafoumou or Roy a reference shop for car parts in Mvoumvou. The transport lines sometimes don’t mean anything: on board, etc.
Each town has its own identity and its own rhythm of life. The comparison is therefore unfounded. Because they are two cultures facing each other. Two languages dominate the country, Lingala and Kituba, followed by Lari. They are Black Devils of Brazzaville versus V. Club of Pointe-Noire. The national championship a merciless conquest between these two cities. A rivalry well framed in a spirit of love and passion.
Brazzaville has a diversity of cultural activities
Larger than the ocean city, Brazzaville has a major advantage, especially in cultural life. The biggest cultural firms are the Institut Français du Congo and Ateliers Sahm, of which Bill Kouelany is the director. On the stages of Brazzaville, you will find artists such as Fanny Fayar, Punch Mak, Zed Lebon, Roga-Roga, and the mythical group Extra-Musica, Thalès Zokene, Weilfar Kaya, Émeraude Kouka, Mariusca or the legendary Bantu of the capital …
Ponton la belle does not weaken for all that Dan Scott and Richie Bembélé respond by directing. Pointe-Noire is gradually establishing itself as a serious candidate for the seventh art with its FICOMP festival, which already has two editions. Actors like Michael Tam’si, Imelda Mabouéki who won the Kamba’s Award for a best performance last year.
In either city the experiences are unique. Pointe-Noire is appreciated for its heavenly oceanic surroundings. The hotel Le Relais, Les Gorges de Diosso, the bridge of the lower Kouilou under an extraordinary sunset, etc..
Brazzaville counts to him leaves us a breathtaking view of Kinshasa along the river, from the Radisson Blu to the bridge viaduct of August 15, 1960, to the mouth of the Djoué on an improvised beach in the dry season along the said river. Artistic cults such as the International Meeting of Contemporary Art by the Sahm Workshops and its partners. The connection is so strong that the traffic between them remains and will remain.
The choice to live in each of the two cities depends on you, each city has its own touch and its own reality. In the end, it is difficult to choose between the two, each one is beautiful in its own way. And you, of the two cities, which one is your favorite?
Written by Don Jubrel