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Mbuji-Mayi (əmbo͞oˈjē-mīˈyē), formerly Bakwanga (bäkwängˈgä), city (1984 pop. 486,235), capital of Kasai-Oriental prov., S central Congo (Kinshasa), on the Sankuru River. A commercial center in Luba country, it handles most of the industrial diamonds produced in the Congo. After the Congo attained independence (1960) the city's population grew rapidly with the immigration of Luba people from other parts of the country. From 1960 to 1962 it was the capital of the secessionist Mining State of South Kasai.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
until 1966, the name of the city of Mbuji-Mayi in the Republic of Zaire.
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