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Mobutu Sese Seko (1930–1997)

Mobutu Sese Seko was born Joseph Mobutu in Lisala, Belgian Congo. His father was a cook, who died when Mobutu was a child, and his mother was a maid in a hotel. She used her earnings to send him to a Christian Brothers Catholic boarding school for his education. In 1949 he joined the Force Publique, an internal security force of Congolese troops ... See full bio »


(age 66) in Rabat, Morocco

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Congo vivo Minister of Defence of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee Himself - President of Zaire
When We Were Kings Himself (President of Zaire)


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 1962 Congo vivo
Minister of Defence of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (as General Joseph Mobutu)
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 1996 When We Were Kings (Documentary)
Himself (President of Zaire)
 1993 Children of Africa (TV Special)
 1969 Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee (Documentary)
Himself - President of Zaire
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  The Century of Warfare (TV Mini-Series documentary)
- The Violent Century 1900 - 1992 ... Himself (as Gen. Sese Mobutu)
 2013 Misjonæren (TV Movie documentary)
 2011 The Vice Guide to Congo (Documentary short)
 2011 Bokassa 1er, empereur de Françafrique (Documentary)
 2011 All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace (TV Mini-Series documentary)
 2007 The World (TV Series)
- Episode dated 12 February 2007 (2007) ... Himself (as Joseph-Désiré Mobutu)
 2000 Kings of the Ring: Four Legends of Heavyweight Boxing (TV Movie documentary)
 1999 Mobutu, roi du Zaïre (Documentary)
 1960 Jaaroverzicht (TV Special)

Personal Details

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 4 Portrayals | See more »

Alternate Names:

Gen. Sese Mobutu | General Joseph Mobutu | Joseph-Désiré Mobutu

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Personal Quote:

[after being asked in the 1990s if there was anything he regretted about being dictator of Congo/Zaïre] If I could do it all again, I would have been a farmer. See more »


His name is pronounced: Mobootu Sayzay Sayko kookoo Noogbenda wah zah Bangah See more »


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