“Congo Dandies” – The High Fashion Men Who Live In Extreme Poverty
Meet the “Congo Dandies” – the high fashion men who live in extreme poverty in Congo, Africa. Congo has been ranked as the worst country to live in and the worst country in the world for women. You can imagine how harsh living conditions are in this African country where most people don’t even have access to drinkable water.
Imagine living in a place where you have to get up early in the morning and walk for 10 miles or wait for 5 hours to get a few bottles of drinkable water. Well, imagine no more because this place is real and its name is Congo.
Since the country decolonization from Belgium started, all of its people were left in extreme poverty and without any education. Why? Because colonialism. That’s why.
However the life may be in present day Congo, there’s a group of men who like to enjoy the finer things in life, no matter the costs, no matter the sacrifices made. These men are the “Congo Dandies”, also known as “The Sapeurs”.
Congo Dandies started dressing in high fashion with expensive designer clothes, while living in extreme poverty, after World War II. Congolese men returned from World War II, after fighting in France, and brought the Parisian fashion back to their native land.
Since then, the Congo Dandies have carried out the tradition of dressing in expensive clothes and walking around town for people to admire them. People actually do. They’re proud of them and they always cheer for them when they’re in sight. They are treated like royalty and are referred to as ‘the gods of clothes’.
One man speaks about his lifestyle saying that he even took a bank loan of $8,600 to buy expensive designer suits. Pretty expensive if you consider what you can buy for $1 and if you take into account the average salary per household in Congo which is $422.
These men are living the good life and we can only appreciate them for making the best out of a very, very bad situation.