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Idiofa is located in Democratic Republic of the Congo
Coordinates: 4°58′00″S 19°35′28″E / 4.966798°S 19.591026°E / -4.966798; 19.591026Coordinates: 4°58′00″S 19°35′28″E / 4.966798°S 19.591026°E / -4.966798; 19.591026
Country Democratic Republic of the Congo
Province Kwilu Province
Territory Idiofa Territory
Elevation 554 m (1,818 ft)
Population (2012)[1]
 • Total 61,056
Climate Aw
National language Kikongo

Idiofa is a town in Kwilu Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


Idiofa is the administrative center for Idiofa Territory.[2] Idiofa lies at an altitude of 1820 ft (554 m), east of the larger city of Kikwit, and west of the Lubue River.[3] Idiofa is served by the small Idiofa Airport (IATA Code: IDF).[4] The town is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Idiofa.[5]

30 km from Idiofa is the settlement of Banga Banga which was an important local centre in Belgian Congo days with a European presence and an palm oil press.[6]


As of 2012 the population was estimated to be 61,056.[1] The Bunda people form the majority of the population of the town.[7] Idiofa is known as the place where President Mobutu Sese Seko's mother, Mama Yemo, died during an emergency landing at the local airport.


  1. ^ a b "Bandundu: largest cities and towns and statistics of their population". World Gazetteer. Archived from the original on 2012-12-05. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  2. ^ X. Blaes, PNUD-SIG (October 2008). "Découpage administratif de la République Démocratique du Congo" (PDF). UNOCHA and PNUD. Retrieved 2011-11-22. 
  3. ^ National Geographic Atlas of the World: Revised Sixth Edition, National Geographic Society, 1992
  4. ^ "Idiofa Airport Information". International Air Charter. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  5. ^ "Diocese of Idiofa". Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  6. ^ Banga Banga Era un centro importante all'epoca del Congo Belga (prima dell'indipendenza negli anni 60). Vi stava una impresa di trattamento di olio di palma chIamata CKE. E' quindi un villaggio dove c'era la presenza europea in questi anni.
  7. ^ Munzumi, Jean-Macaire Munzele (2006). Les pratiques de sociabilité en Afrique: les mutations culinaires chez les Ambuun. Editions Publibook. p. 20. ISBN 2-7483-1056-X.