Courtesy of Jenny Allsworth
KINKASA AND NKANZA WITH REVEREND WILLIAM HUGHES
LLANGOLLEN, WALES, 1886
Photograph taken at the Congo House Training Institute for African Children in Colwyn Bay, North Wales. Kinkasa ((1875–88) and Nkanza Ross (1877–92) are pictured with Welsh missionary and teacher Reverend William Hughes (1856–1924) who worked for the Baptist Missionary Society in the Congo. He returned to Britain in 1885 with two Congolese students, Kinkasa and Nkanza. The trio toured the country giving fund-raising lectures and sold photographs such as these to raise funds for the Congo Training Institute for African Students in Colwyn Bay, North Wales. Hughes believed that African students should be given a Christian education, preparing them to act as missionaries in their own country. Kinkasa died aged just thirteen while Nkanza learnt Welsh and English, reciting any part of the New Testament from memory. He wished to return to Africa but died prematurely in 1892.