Politics

You come to Rwanda, But we already know who you are!

– I respect a lot President Kagame, I admire him for what he does for the Rwandan people, I hope to do the same for Guinea. – Alpha Code, President of Guinea As I heard Alpha Conde saying those words, during the last visit of President Paul Kagame to Guinea, I couldn’t help but reminisce on the speech of his ...

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The white hero.

They saw a dying man lost at sea, they rescued him, fed him, welcomed him as one of theirs, treated him, repaired his ship, and when he felt better they said to him: ‘Go on to your realm, tell your people that you found other humans; decent humans who live in lands of abundance, that there is plenty here for ...

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Muhammad Ali, The World’s Greatest!

He was Usain Bolt with a bigger mind, a bigger heart; Like a butterfly he floated to greater lights; No more Parkinson, no more pain, no more fights; He quit on all times high.   He left the ring undefeated, undisputed; He was the king of boxing, the world’s greatest; He was a philosopher, a writer, a fighter; He boxed ...

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..like an expensive perfume

Rwandans are clean and healthy. Their president is slim and neat. The country is green. The food isn’t oily, tap water is potable. People are polite, warm but not intrusive. There are no color excesses, no light pollutions, noise pollutions, fogs, corruption and crime. The sun, the rain are regulated: Just enough. The weather in Rwanda adapts to our needs ...

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Land and population in Rwanda, a Malthusian trap?

In 1998 two French researchers argued that Rwanda’s demographics are growing geometrically, while their economy grows arithmetically. They concluded that Rwanda was caught in a “Malthusian Trap.” The study is indeed old. Yet, it has since shaped the discourse by consistent referencing with its most recent being last month in May 2016: by ‘the Board of Regents of the University ...

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Utaganiriye na Se, ntamenya icyo Sekuru yasize avuze

Ngo ‘utaraganiriye na se, ntamenya icyo sekuru yasize avuze’ –Umugani w’Ikinyarwanda. Narindimo nkurikirana kurubuga nkoranyambaga amasomo Nyakubahwa Umukuru w’Igihugu cyacu yatanze uyu munsi mw’ishuri rya Harvard muri Amerika, maze ndavuga nti: ‘mbega abana bafite amahirwe! Uwampa nanjye nkaba mpari…’ Ndangije ariko, byanteye ishyari ryiza, ndavuga nti natwe twakagombye kuzajya dutegura ibiganiro nkabiriya, maze Umukuru w’Igihugu cyacu akaza kutuganiriza. Erega n’ubwo ...

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French, English: necessary evils…

English, French, Afrikaans and any other foreign languages are tools; think of a hammer, a screwdriver, a machete or a saucepan. As a Kinyarwanda and Kiswahili speaker, I have no more attachment to French or English than to a screw-driver. As a Rwandan and an African however, I have bad experience with by tools such as French language and machetes, ...

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Dictators die in power, Dinosaurs die in opposition!

To those little has been given, little shall be demanded. One of them actually won, the other was sworn in as president – by himself that is. The other again threatens to and one’s whereabouts are shrinking into oblivion. They share much; boldness, charisma, hardship, popularity, critical lack of flair, impulsiveness and narcissism! Their hardened faces testify of the hardships ...

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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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Rwanda: ‘No prophet in his hometown..’

Imagine President Kagame is in Davos. He has chaired one of the panels on world’s economics, had a successful dinner with leaders of the world’s finance, he has promised to bring the Worlds Economic Forum to Rwanda. ‘The region is vibrant and secure; excellent place to conduct business!’ – he’s told them all. The next day he is planning on ...

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