Society

Can you handle ‘The’ Kigali

Since mayors are elected not hired, we don’t get feisty kids who grew up in Lagos, Jo-burg or New York City for Mayors. We get God fearing, decent family people, straight from the ‘hood’. Luckily they don’t run this town; we do! You see, people don’t visit cities because of the niceness of their citizens, the affordability of their hotels ...

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Before you call Kagame a dictator, would you show some respect?

‘Many Africans see Kagame’s Rwanda as a model. [we people at the economist are here to say]: They are wrong!’ This is how the Economist signed its editorial this morning. In the last few days there has been similar reports: Human Rights Watch alleging that goat thieves and political opponents are summarily killed, and Amnesty International declaring that Rwandan elections ...

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‘Farewell to Arms’ – Ernest Hemingway

A tribute to my Uncle Musafiri Ntwali Ruhumuliza Rwandan Independence Day doesn’t mean much to me – or at least nothing worth celebrating- that’s the day my grandparents were being chased like animals and killed. My real independence is on the 4th of July when, I and my people finally returned to the land of my ancestors after 30 years ...

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Frank Habineza: The man in the cold

For a gunslinger coming out of town to challenge the sheriff, one must be a sharp shooter – well Frank isn’t, or if he is, he has no bullets. This isn’t a campaigning piece. Like I’d declared to the Supreme Court when I filed an amicus curiae in his support, I am not affiliated to the Green Party, I am ...

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A Poem for Congo

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…

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?

“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

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!

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

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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