Master Alfred Liyolo, a model of peace activist and love through his artistic production, according to Father Yves Koko


Kinshasa, November 22nd, 2021 (CPA)  .- The sculptor Alfred Liyolo Limbe is a model of a plastic artist who behaved as a true activist of peace and love through his artistic production, said Friday Father Yves Koko , in his homily at the suffrage mass said on the occasion of the laying of the tombstone of this personality, in the parish of Notre Dame de Fatima, in the town of Gombe. The Catholic prelate reminded everyone of what the artist Liyolo represented for the Congolese nation, urging everyone to cultivate the love of neighbor as did the illustrious deceased. “Because Liyolo during his lifetime did works that testified to songs of gentleness, others that illustrate the plight of the poor, the mourners, on justice, mercy etc, he said. During this mass, the public attended the performance of some artists and literary actors, like the percussionist Pau Ngoy Le Perc and the writer Yolande Elebe who recited a poem entitled « Je suis Liyolo » in which she praises the person of this plastic artist who knew how to enhance the bronze sculpture. Me Liyolo a symbol of the Academy of Fine Arts of Kinshasa In addition, the Heads of works and painter Franck Dikisongele, affirmed that Me Liyolo was the pride of the DRC, specifically the Academy of Fine Arts (ABA) that he defended from all points of view, by his works like through his speeches. “Today when we talk about ABA we always think of Liyolo, and when we talk about Liyolo, we think of ABA”. He said he kept memories of the former ABA general manager of a man who understood the meaning of family and work, adding that he was the only African artist to have met Emperor Akihito of Japan. The governor of the city of Kinshasa Gentiny Ngobila Mbaka and the Japanese ambassador to the Congo took part in this mass. Grandson of an ivory tailor, Professor Emeritus Alfred Liyolo Limbe is the son of M’Puanga Albert and Bonkumu Céline. He was born in Bolobo on May 30th, 1943, in what is now Mai Ndombe province. He died on April 1, 2019, in Austria after a period of hospitalization at a local medical facility.