About Me

I can only summarize my life as curiously random.  In the Bemba language, my name means “crocodile.”

I was born in Montreal, Quebec to immigrant parents from the Democratic Republic of Congo Zaire.  I grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, lived in Chicago for a few years, then moved to Indianapolis, Indiana to go to law school. Since then, I’ve moved back to Chicago.

When I was in eighth grade, my history teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I told her I wanted to be the “Next Jimi Hendrix.”  As much as I’m sad to admit it, that really hasn’t materialized……yet.  However, my life has taken some interesting twists and turns.  I managed to keep up with the guitar and I even learned a couple other instruments along the way.  I considered studying music in college but opted for political science.   I then ditched the political route in favor of a wondrous life as a salesman.  When I realized that wasn’t what I wanted, I decided to go to law school.

Since law school, I’ve moved back to Chicago, where I now finally practice law.

Aside from work, I enjoy hanging out with my girlfriend wife Naomi, and our big, slobbery English Mastiff Oberon. I also enjoy sports, playing guitar, following politics, catching a live show, discovering new music, and otherwise annoying the hell out of others with my rants.

To that end, I’d like to think of this blog as a way to channel my thoughts on a wide range of subjects.  I hope I can keep this interesting enough for you to keep following.


22 thoughts on “About Me

  1. This guy learned everything he knows about good music from MEEEE!!!! Haha!!

    But really. In all my life and travels, I have never met anyone that has been any better of a person than my good friend Doo.

    Not only can he play a mean guitar, he also knows what he is talking about when it comes to the topic of great music. Keep following, and I am sure you all will learn something from him. (Something I probably taught him). HA!


    • Haha, much love my brother from another mother! I have to admit that you’ve been a source of great musical recommendations for quite some time, keep em coming!

  2. Great blog Ngandu, finally checked it out today. I have pretty versatile interests myself, I love to write, love politics and public policy, love marketing and new business ventures, science and sports of course. I can appreciate a well-rounded dude (even if your politics are whack, lol).

    Good stuff.

    • Ha! Yeah thanks, I appreciate it man. I’ve really gotten more into writing lately so its something I do to keep me sharp. Thanks for reading!

  3. I just read through the top albums list. Excellent work, Pierre. I would love to see a “best-worst songs of the past thirty years” list. Gerardo? Snow? Garth Brooks as his pop alter-ego?

    F it. Can you just write a blog about Garth’s alter ego?

  4. Anything good in your life post ’93 can most likely be attributed to me and my mentoring of you. Anything bad is most likely Aikens’ fault. Keep fighting the good fight. Try to keep the man off your back, Tortipus.

  5. Hey! I accidently found your website while I was trying to log on to my cousin’s website (His name is Kabongo Ngandu)

    I was born in Ohio. My parents left DRC in ’66 (when it was still Zaire).

    Just wanted to say “hi”. You can see some of our other ‘DRC fam’ at


    Have a great day!

    Muadi Bijimba wa Dibinga

    • That’s crazy, my older brother’s last name is Kabongo. I’m glad you found my site, and I’m always glad to meet folks from the DRC. I wrote my thesis in law school on the DRC and how the country’s natural resources have been exploited by warlords. Beautiful country, awful circumstances.

      Anyway, thanks for reading!

  6. So your name means Crocodile…that is pretty cool. Since my name is related to the word “judge”, perhaps Ill change my career and become a lawyer as well. I love your blog and enjoy your reading….keep it up good man!

  7. You are always interesting and will always remain a friend. Damn, I thought your name meant “big black”……oh well crocodile is pretty cool.
    love to you my friend.

    • Awww, thanks Marci…..you are equally just as interesting…..I’ll always appreciate your acerbic wit….thanks for reading! Love right back to ya!

  8. Glad I found a link to you. You may not remember me…but we ran in hill hall in 93 together. Hit me up “Du”!

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