He (three-part-documentary) not only renamed a country and most of its cities; he even forced its residents to change their identity. He not just embezzled an estimated 5 billion dollars while in power; he actually managed to become one of the world’s richest people while completely destroying a nation’s economy. He simultaneously was a CIA-backed anti-communist and a close friend of Nicolae Ceausescu. He not only had an ideology named after him; he also came up with linguistic gems like zaïrianisation for the main elements of this doctrine.

Mobutu Sese Seko not only built a hydro-electric dam, a Concorde-proof airport and a nuclear shelter at Gbadolite, his hometown (Google Maps); he also had three enormous palaces erected there. It’s amazing to see what controlling the world’s largest diamond deposits gets people – and how fast all of that can fall apart.

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