Human of Kigali

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

‘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

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

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

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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5 Star isn’t the building. It is the service

Alright alright! These hotels are marvelous; World class if I’ve seen one. We aren’t talking Monyonyo in Uganda, we are talking Burj Khalifa; everyone knows where that is. We are talking Michelangelo in Jo-burg. If I had been to Vegas, I would drop other hotel names, but you get my point. 300 Million Dollars, 20 Million Dollars, 5 Million Dollars, ...

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Impamvu: Gusaba gusubizwa Agaciro!

Gatete Thierry Kevin Umunyarwanda Nyakubahwa Ministri w’Ubutabera, akaba n’Intumwa Nkuru ya Leta. Kigali Impamvu: Gusaba gusubizwa Agaciro, nitwa amazina y’abakurambere. Nyakubahwa, N’ubwo navutse ndimpunzi, nabaga mubambere mwishuri. Sinigeze nisuzugura, cyangwa numva ko abandi bansumba, n’ubwo nari mu gihugu cyabo. Ntibyanatinze ndataha iwacu mu Rwanda. Ntabwo nigeze mba umucakara, nkoronizwa, cyangwa mba umukristo w’iroma. Nibaza impamvu rero nahawe amazina y’abantu tudafitanye ...

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I love you

I want to know how you feel, I want to feel your pain, so that together we can overcome it. I want to share my feelings with you too, I want to share my fears with you… I am interested in you, I have been closed to your world for so long, which I reckon has great stories and immense ...

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‘Merchants’ and buyers in the ‘Temple’.

Early last year, I traveled northwards along the Red Sea throughout the horn, seeking for my trace in the bible. See, I was unmoved by blond-hair-blue-eyed Jesus. With the little World War Two history I knew, I found it odd that two Jews, Jesus and Virgin Mary would be sold to me here looking like Aryans… Black Jesus I wanted to ...

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Mistakes in English, French is no big deal!

Mutahi Ngunyi, a well known Kenyan writer and political scientist once told me: ‘Gacaca – he calls me that: ‘In Nairobi if you try to pull that fake American or British accent of yours, people will think you are a joke; they do it better than you; they’ve seen guys like you before, they will see them after you leave; ...

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