Society

A Poem for Congo

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Congo’s dearest resource is its people; That must enter everyone’s mind, especially Congolese people; It is their mothers, not their minerals that’s most precious; Their talent, not their Coltan that’s priceless;   Therefore: It is their children, not their diamond that need polishing; Their youth, not the oil that needs refining; The education, not the mines that need investing; Their ...

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Happy Mothers’ Day for Mama wa mama wanjye…

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My Grandmother raised me. My mum and dad lived abroad but I didn’t mind, my Grandmother was my home. She always spoke to me in Kinyarwanda, our language of origin. I couldn’t really speak it, I only understood hers. – and responded in Kiswahili or French – she couldn’t speak French either, but understood mine. I had a happy childhood, ...

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Rwandan elections: Who shall observe the observers?

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“And Jesus turned and said to them, ’Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children.’ Luke 23:28 The European Union has announced that it won’t be observing Presidential Elections in Rwanda. I am pleased to note that our elections pose no concern to the international community. I longed for the day that Rwanda ...

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Mwa ndangamirwa mwe! The Long Walk to Success

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For the up-coming tenth edition of your cohort, I thought I would tell you a story. In his book ‘The long walk to freedom’, Nelson Mandela describes the ritual of circumcision in the Xhosa tribe: ‘WHEN I WAS SIXTEEN, the regent decided that it was time that I became a man. In Xhosa tradition, this is achieved through one means ...

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Trumpocalypse Now!

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When Trump was elected and Brexit happened, I felt amusement of some sort, mainly because after all that happened, we Rwandans do not take kindly to people who come here for a week and immediately seem to know better than us what’s best from us; worse yet, those who do not bother coming, just sit in their offices in London, ...

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We Must Unite now or Perish – Dr. Kwame Nkrumah

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Ghana’s first president, Kwame Nkrumah’s speech at the founding of the OAU has since become a classic, even iconic. In front of 31 other African heads of state who met in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on 24 May 1963, Nkrumah appealed, cajoled, and did everything in perhaps his greatest speech ever to convince his colleagues to go the whole ...

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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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Violet

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The cleaner the University of Pretoria assigned to my apartment was called Violet. A mother in her late forties. She was very pretty, always smiling. She liked me and encouraged me to eat more. ‘Look at you, you are skinny, you must eat!’ she said to me. I liked Violet, I called her Aunt. In my mind she was part ...

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