Coming from Kivu, in the Great Lakes region of RDC, Bwanga Pilipi (°1978) works for the Specials Olympics, when she decides to take an entrance exam at the INSAS in Brussels.
She graduates in 2012 and plays in les Monologues du Vagin by Eve Ensler, directed by Nathalie Uffner. In 2013, she performed Pauline Lumumba for the creation Une saison au Congo by Aimé Césaire, directed by Christian Schiaretti at Théâtre National Populaire. In the summer of 2013, she joined the Milo Rau team and the International Institute of Political Murder in Avignon for the international tour of the documentary play Hate Radio. In 2016, she returns to the Théatre Nationale Populaire for the production La Tragédie du Roi Christophe.
Since 2012, she organizes and presents literary meetings within the association Lingeer. In 2018, she writes and directs Datcha Congo, an adaptation of Chekhov’s Cherry Garden. The performance premieres at Tarmac des Auteurs in Kinshasa.
Bwanga Pilipili is also co-organiser of the Festival Bruxelles/Africapitales, a collaboration with the Halls of Schaerbeek and a collective of artists of African origin. Mademoiselle PILIPILI and Uhorakeye lead the project Gens
the Bruxelles/ MarchésMarcher.
In 2020, together with actress and theatre director Kristien De Proost, she will create a new musical-political theatre performance: Simon, Garfunkel, my Sister and me.
On the big screen, she plays in Black, the film by Adil El Arbi and Billal Fallah about Brussels street gangs, which raises a lot of dust. She plays leading roles in Les empreintes douloureuses by Bernard Auguste Kouemo, Tu seras mon allié by Rosine Mbakam, Pickles by Manuella Damiens and recently Kaniama Show by Baloji. She is also featured regularly in television series, including Engrenages, Unité 42, Les Rivières Pourpres and Prise au piège.