Human of Kigali

My last coordinates

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GPS is a new technology. Just over two decades ago ships navigated on the high seas using stars. My father was a Navigant. He’d been regional best in maths and physics, so Mobutu paid his astronomy and maritime Science. Predictably, Mobutu’s fleet had gone bankrupt by the time he graduated, he spent his young adulthood aboard Belgian supertankers navigating away ...

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Who am I?

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“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” –Aristotle In addition to really wise sages I’ve encountered in my short experience, there are three types of ignorant, facing critical information that if acquired would make them better, stronger and more open human beings. 1 Ignorant of the ignorance Blissful oxymoron  …Critical information 2 Restless Ignorant Curious 3 Ignorant Arrogant Idiots ...

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Me Toy Nzamwita was sent off honorably!

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Much has been said about the tragedy, but as far as we are concerned our learned friend Counsel Toy Nzamwita was innocent. He paid the ultimate price for no crime whatsoever. Speaking as a young brother to Toy, a learned friend but also a citizen, I must thank the magistrates in general; the Bar Associations of France and Burundi, which ...

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Did Umushyikirano 2016 signal the end of ‘Atalaku’?

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“What has really differentiated Koffi Olomide to his emblematic predecessors in Congolese music was the role he assigned to the ‘atalaku’”. Who is an ‘atalaku’? It is the annoying guy in the background of a soft and southing rumba, announcing random names of random people that no one cares about, throughout the entire song. For your name to be mentioned, ...

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To Sana Maboneza, Yesterday…

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Since yesterday, John Lennon’s song has been playing through my mind: Yesterday: ‘Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away, Now it looks as though they’re here to stay, Oh I believe, in yesterday…’   I hear it and I cry, for dire news’ coming from afar. News of death, news of despair… Somebody keep the news away from me, ...

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Lonzen Rugira, the unusual Rwandan

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Overtime, some of us had given up on reading the New Times. We felt life was too short, so we’d perused the headings and move on. Every now and then, someone we admire would be published in there and share the link – then we’d read. So when Lonzen Rugira came about, I was clueless. My father was the first ...

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‘You may write us down in history; Still, we rise!

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‘You may write me down in history; With your bitter, twisted lies, You may tread me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I’ll rise… Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? ‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells Pumping in my living room… … You may shoot me with your words, You may ...

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A world fit for mothers and children

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Shakespeare to Horatio: ‘There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy’. Hamlet Act 1, scene 5 I was met this morning by the refreshing smile of young mother Annet, in office early, after she’d just had a baby girl named Kwera. I then thought about my Cacahouette; Lilian, who just had baby ...

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Humans of Kigali: Yann, Donnie and Nima

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Yann and Sidonnie ‘Donnie’ Gwet are originally from Cameroon. They just moved to Rwanda two weeks ago with their two children. Nima Yussuf is originally from Djibouti, she lived in Paris and London. She was working at Goldman Sachs in London then moved to Rwanda just under three years ago. She is employed by a Rwandan company in Financing. Nima ...

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My experience as a young Rwandan living in the Diaspora

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Revolutions are started by 3% only. That’s all I need for our fights. Thank you young brother Raoul NGARAMBE. I know there are a few out there like you. We start, they will follow, when it is safe to come out… ‘Hi Gatete. You don’t know me but I’m someone who’s inspired by what you do. I’m writing to you ...

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