Today is my and your favorite ex-leader's birthday! Let's all give a nice, warm shout-out to Mobutu!
Actual conversation I had with a Congolese colleague:
Colleague 1: "Today is Mobutu's birthday"
Me (in mock horror): "How could we have forgotten?"
Colleague 1: "One forgets quickly"
Laughs all around
Colleague 2: "It used to be a day off though"
Photo and Caption from Wikipedia: Mobutu's portrait appeared on every banknote
A few links for background information:
Mobutu Sese Seko
Mobutu dies in Exile in Morocco
Country Profiles: DRC