1972 in Zaire
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- January 2 - President Mobutu Sese Seko announced his new campaign, "Authenticité", to remove all traces of the former Belgian Congo's colonial past in favor of "Africanized" names, customs and dress. Having changed his own name from Joseph-Desire Mobutu, the President required citizens with European-sounding names to change them to something more authentic.
- "Mobutu to Wipe Out Relics of Colonial 'Congo'", The Star-News (Pasadena), January 3, 1972, p2
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