African royalty graces local diner
“We had the pleasure and honor to meet, greet, share, receive and give love to Queen Diambi”
Apryl Sims of Simply Wholesome (left), Queen Diambi (center), and Karen McGee (right), who arranged the visit. Photo courtesy of Apryl Sims
Queen Diambi Kabatusuila of Democratic Republic of Congo graces health food haven, Simply Wholesome with rare visit
LOS ANGELES — Royalty from the heart of Africa graced Simply Wholesome Health Food Store & Restaurant, Thursday, April 20, with the presence of her royal highness Queen Diambi Kabatusuila of the Kingdom of Kasai of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
“We had the pleasure and honor to meet, greet, share, receive and give love to Queen Diambi,” said Apryl Sims of Simply Wholesome. “The queen was gracious and humble. She stayed for hours greeting everyone. [It was] truly special.”
Editor’s Note: Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), one of the largest countries in Africa with a population of 80 million. The nation is comprised of 25 tribal provinces, one of which is Kasai.
The DRC’s current political head of state President Joseph Kabila came to power in 1997. The nation has a GDP OF $66 billion and widely considered to be one of the world’s richest countries in natural resources; its untapped deposits of raw minerals are estimated to be worth in excess of $24 trillion.
The DRC possesses 70 percent of the world’s coltan, a third of its cobalt, and more than 30 percent of its diamond reserves. The wealth doesn’t stop there. The rainforests of the DRC contain great biodiversity, including many rare and endemic species, such as thecommon chimpanzee and the bonobo, the African forest elephant, the mountain gorilla, the okapi and the white rhino.
Five of the country’s national parks are listed as World Heritage Sites: the Garumba,Kahuzi-Biega, Salonga and Virunga National Parks, and the Okapi Wildlife Reserve.