Martial Pa'nucci , Congo - Brazzaville
Emma Martial Mbourangon, also known by his stage name Martial Pa'nucci, is a musician and activist who works towards raising social awareness and contributing to peace in Congo Brazzaville through grassroots activism. Together with his ‘partner in rhyme’ Vhan Dombo, the musical duo founded RAS-LE-BOL, an organisation that campaigns for civil liberties and holds the government accountable through peaceful protest and public debate. RAS-LE-BOL, which is French for 'enough is enough', campaigns for citizens to make their voices heard using peaceful methods such as protests and meetings. One such demonstration in 2015 attracted more than 200,000 people in Brazzaville. However, subsequent repression of the protestors means that a following rally attracted only 1,000 citizens. RAS-LE-BOL has also started a fundraising campaign called Noël Du Pool to support children affected by the conflict in the region. This targeted campaign increases awareness of the victims of conflict, adding further pressure on the government to address the situation and bring peace to the region.
Martial also raises awareness of the political realities in Congo Brazzaville through his music. His hit song #Sassoule led to him being exiled from Congo Brazzaville, forcing him to seek refuge in Burkina Faso, where he currently lives.