Idiofa Territory

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Idiofa Territory
Idiofa Territory is located in Democratic Republic of the Congo
Idiofa Territory
Idiofa Territory
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
National language Kikongo

Idiofa Territory is an administrative area in the Kwilu Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The capital is the town of Idiofa.[1]


The territory has an area of 20,000 square kilometres (7,700 sq mi). The Loange River defines the eastern boundary of the territory, while the Kamtsha River flows through the west of the territory. Other rivers include the Lubue and the PioPio. All these rivers flow from south to north, emptying into the Kasai River, which defines the northern boundary.[2]


The territory currently has a population of 1,450,035. The many ethnic groups today include the Bunda, Pende, Dinga, Lori, Ngoli, Wongo, Lele and Nzadi.

French is the administrative language, but almost all the people speak Kikongo, one of the four national languages of the DRC. Some of the younger people also speak Lingala.


The colonial administrators originally named the territory "Babunda Territory" after the largest ethnic group, the Bunda people.[2] The Territory was renamed the Kamtsha-Lubue Territory after the largest of the rivers.[2] Later the territory was extended east, renamed again to the Kamtsha-Luange Territory.[3]

The Idiofa Territory today has five cities and 12 sectors. The cities are Idiofa, Dibaya-Lubwe, Mangai, Panu and Kalo (Kamtsha-Loange). The sectors are Banga, Belo, Bulwem, Kalanganda, Kanga, Kapia, Kipuku, Madimbi, Mateko, Musanga-Idiofa, Sedzo and Yasa-Lokwa.[1]


  1. ^ a b X. Blaes, PNUD-SIG (October 2008). "Découpage administratif de la République Démocratique du Congo" (PDF). UNOCHA and PNUD. Retrieved 2011-11-22. 
  2. ^ a b c "Le territoire de la Kamtsha-Lubue (district du Kasai)" (PDF). 1923. Retrieved 2012-02-07. 
  3. ^ Kiangu Sindani (2009). Le Kwilu à l'épreuve du pluralisme identitaire, 1948-1968. Editions L'Harmattan. p. 320. ISBN 2-296-09444-9.