Kizungu Hubert was born on Idjwi Island in 1962. He was raised by a single mother, a native of Idjwi Island. Kizungu went to highschool in Goma, living with uncles and older siblings who helped pay his school fees.
Kizungu was a very bright student however he had a speech stutter which children made fun of. In the DRC, stuttering puts you on the outside of society, similar to those with albinism, and those with physical or mental health disabilities. Kizungu’s mother told him that only God knows the future and would not discriminate or marginalize any person.
After receiving a degree of Economics at Lubumbashi University he worked as a financial manager for a German NGO and then for a Swedish orphanage in Masisi. Masisi became too insecure from infiltration of rebel forces so the orphanage moved to Goma.