One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The national philosophy and ideology introduced by President Mobutu Sese Seko in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo), originally based on ‘authenticité’ (uniquely Zairean identity), but increasingly focusing on his personal role.
1970s; earliest use found in West Africa. From the name of MobutuSese Seko, President of Zaire + -ism.
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