Commemorating Mama Masika at the Church of St Mary and St Michael in Shadwell

19th March 2016

Rebecca Masika Katsuva, better known as ‘Mama Masika’, was a Congolese human rights campaigner who deeply helped the victims of war and rape in the Eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. A month after her death, a group of London based Congolese activists organized an afternoon of commemoration. The event was held in a indoor place beside the Roman Catholic Church of St Mary and St Michael, in Shadwell, and more then 50 Congolese were attending.


Together with religious and political discussion, the community remembered Mama Masika with poetry and songs.

                        Photo credit to Letitia Kamayi

The first picture portrays Mell Nyoko, a young Congolese spoken word artist and writer, while is performing two of her English tribute poems. The second picture portrays Natasha Makengo, a young Congolese singer, while is singing a touching French solo without any instrumental accompaniment. Their charismatic performances were very much appreciated by the Congolese audience.