Kitoko Oyo - Lingala for This Beauty - is a book and multi-media project that will explore the beautiful, untold stories of strength, resilience, and hope found within the Congolese people.


The Book

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These stories will be presented in a stunning photo book that is designed to be used with interactive links connecting the reader to online interactive content. Photography that delivers beautiful images of the people, culture, and country presented in a photo book, fine art prints, exhibition pieces, and online promotion blend seamlessly with breathtaking footage of life in the DRC.

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Picture yourself reading about Ombeni. Ombeni is a young 17 year old man from Bukavu who became the sole guardian of his younger siblings, as well as the foster parent to several other children orphaned through conflict. As you look at the images and read his story in the book, you will be able to connect more deeply with Ombeni by simply scanning a QR code on your smartphone.

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Where the book will tell the core of the story with images and selected passages, the online content gives the reader more depth by instantly viewing entire interviews, more images, connected stories, and further information. Creating a multi- platform, immersive experience for the reader will forge a deeper connection to the stories that are being told and, ultimately, to the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

We are creating a storytelling platform for people who exude hope, beauty, and resilience in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In order to complete this project, we need funding. I’m asking you to read the GoFundMe page to see exactly what our project will entail and how we plan on accomplishing it
— The Kitoko Oyo Team

The Team

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Pappy Orion

Project Founder & Film Maker

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Ryan Carter

Project Founder & Visual Storyteller

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Coby Jones

Writing & Communication


Chikala Mihigo

DRC Country Liaison - South Kivu

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Fabrice Karubi

DRC Country Liaison - North Kivu