Henri Lopes

Lopes Henri

Writer, fomer ambassador of the Republic of Congo in France

Biographie de Lopes Henri

Henri Lopes (born September 12, 1937 at Leopoldville) is a Congolese politician and writer. It was the Prime Minister of the Republic of Congo from 1973 to 1975.

Lopes was born in Leopoldville, capital of former Belgian Congo, now the Democratic Republic of Congo. He spent his school years in Brazzaville and Bangui and stayed from 1949 to 1965 in Paris and Nantes. He finished his studies in 1963 at the Sorbonne to become a teacher. He is a member of several associations of African students. After his return to Congo, he is professor of history at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Brazzaville in Central Africa until 1966 and then Director of Education until 1968.

Lopes is a member of the Congolese Labour Party (PCT) Ngouabi, president since 1968. In 1969, Lopez became Minister of National Education in 1972, Minister of Foreign Affairs and July 28, 1973 Premier, a feature that had been vacant since late 1969. On December 18, 1975, it is replaced in this function by Louis Sylvain-Goma. From 1977 to 1980, Lopez was Minister of Finance. Since 1981 he worked for UNESCO, where he is Director General for Culture and for external relations from 1982 to 1998. In October 1998 he was appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Congo in France.

As a writer, Henri Lopes is considered one of the best-known modern African literature. In 1972 he won the Literary Award of the Black Africa of the Association of French-language writers for his book tribalism. In 1993, the French Academy awarded him the Grand Prix de la Francophonie, the same year he became honorary doctor at the University of Paris XII in 2002 and the University of Quebec.

Ses articles

Editorial 56

n°56 Fourth Quarter 2015

African Geopolitics is not a magazine but a review which takes a quasi-academic and scientific approach to core issues without attempting to be controversial. Although we keep a watchful eye on current events, they do not dictate our choice of theme. But it is not possible at this time to maintain a position of indifference to the blind savagery of the massacres which plunged into mourning the cities of Beirut on  Thursday 12  November,  Paris on  Friday 13 ...

Editorial 55

n°55 Third Quarter 2015

Through a shortage of adequate resources and a lack of critical mass of revenue when called upon to deal with emergency situations,  especially social, a significant number of African countries are forced to manage their daily lives as best they can. Noses to the grindstone, harassed by issues of poverty, employment, education, health and redistribution of  modest wealth, they can  see no further than papering over the cracks or putting out the fire. Often they  are...


n°54 First Quarter 2015

If it is true that black Africa got off to a bad start, as claimed some fifty years ago by the economist René Dumont, it has certainly made up for it since. This is confirmed by all the indicators and good news that continue to emerge from the continent.


n°49 Fourth Quarter 2013

We knew he was ill, gravely ill. We knew he had reached the point of no return. And yet, the news came upon us as a shock. The mourners emitted their wails of grief and were to be seen along the main roads of Poto-Poto, Bacongo, in the towns, villages and in every home in the country...


n°47 Second Quarter 2013

Fifty  years  ago,  there  was  an  event  that  took  observers  by surprise, the creation of the Organisation of African Unity. A student at that time, I could not believe it. In the Federation of Sub-Saharan African Students in France (FEANF), our fight for the independence of our countries was linked to another demand, that of the unity of the continent, a dream that caused our elders to shrug their shoulders. In May 1963, when the news...

Editorial 46

n°46 First Quarter 2013

From now on, my editorial will be replaced by a column called “The World Seen from Poto-Poto.” An editorial identifies the major theme of the issue and is a reminder of the policy line. An editorial is a corset, whereas a column is a loose shirt. Its author chooses his subjects freely from current events, with no claims to exhaustiveness, and with no concern for rigour...


n°45 Fourth Quarter 2012

Our preceding issue devoted to the topic of “the Francophonie” enjoyed considerable success. In the current issue, we return to the subject with an article by President Denis Sassou N’Guesso in which he draws attention to a key question that will be decisive for the future of the International Organisation of the Francophonie: will it allow itself to be carried along by the current and drift aimlessly towards the undefined shores of francophilia, or should it return to its...


n°44 Third Quarter 2012

From 10 to 14 October, Kinshasa, the capital of the largest Francophone country in terms of population, will host the authorities of the bi-annual Summit of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF). Addressing his country’s ambassadors, François Hollande personally removed any doubts that hovered over his participation in this event. Not surprisingly, the news came as a relief to the authorities and inhabitants of the host country and was welcomed by all the OIF...

Editorial 43

n°43 Second Quarter 2012

In the beginning, the difference between humankind and the other species was the former’s vulnerability in relation to nature. Since the dawn of time, man has striven to create an artificial environment in which to survive. To have enough to eat, man made the land productive and trawled the streams, rivers and oceans. Thanks to science and technology, he gradually overcame the hostility of nature, drove the forest back, redesigned the spaces he lived in and created environments suited to...


n°42 First Quarter 2012

  This quarter we celebrate the Arab Spring and recall the events. It all began in Tunis, where a young man who was unemployed, burnt himself to death. The authorities tried, if not to trivialise, then at least to downplay what had happened by classifying it as an insignificant event. The suicide, in so unusual a form, made a deep impression and it was followed by a wave of demonstrations. On 14 January, President Ben Ali threw in the towel. So the tiger proved to be only a paper...