Zaire

Zaire is the former name of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The name comes from the Congo river, derived from the Kongo word nzere o nzadi meaning “river swallowing rivers”; Zaire is the Portuguese adaption of the name. Spelled Zaïre, it’s a French female name, created by French writer and philosopher Voltaire for his play, also called Zaïre (1732), who…