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This article is about the municipality of Angola. For the film, see Sambizanga (film).

Sambizanga is one of the six urban districts that make up the municipality of Luanda, in the province of Luanda.


Sambizanga has 14.5 km ² and about 244,000 inhabitants. Limited to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, on the north by the municipality of Cacuaco, in the East by the municipality of Cazenga and south by the municipalities of Ingombota and Rangel. It comprises the municipalities of Sambizanga, Bairro Operário and Ngola Kiluanje. Sambizanga is home to the Progresso Associação do Sambizanga football club of the Girabola.

Mercado Roque Santeiro, the largest open-air market in Africa, was located in the district.[1]

2007 Shooting[edit]

In December 2007, film director Radical Ribeiro began shooting a film in Sambizanga. On 18 December, police mistook actors in Ribeiro's film, who were carrying unloaded firearms, as actual criminals and opened fire on them, killing two. Interior Minister Roberto Leal Monteiro said "We won't rest until police at all levels realise they are public servants,"

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "BBC News - Angolan traders mourn loss of Roque Santeiro market". Retrieved 2016-10-10. 


Coordinates: 6°05′S 15°06′E / 6.083°S 15.100°E / -6.083; 15.100