Society

‘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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Kigali: The City of Kings; The Center of World Conventions.

When it was built on over 200 million dollars, some said the Convention Center was an expensive edifice, likely to become a white elephant. As it was inaugurated, irregular rainfalls had cause a severe drought in the Eastern Province. Look, they said, money is being wasted on fancy buildings while the people are hungry. The lengthy dry season was to ...

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I hold no grudge against our King…

‘Of the dead only good must be spoken’ – African Proverb This story is preemptive. I suspect to have to publish it as a rebuttal to those who will dare criticize our King from his resting place. Since they will have allowed themselves the right to judge my king, they will see no problem in me doing the same about ...

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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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..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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‘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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His ‘Bad News’ – a Review of Anjan Sundaram’s book on Rwanda

The problem with writing rebuttals to western ‘Experts on Africa’, whose entire expertise lies in adding their names to new pieces that recycle their predecessor’s lies – to whom you may have already written rebuttals, is that you are forced to repeat yourself, over and over again. The ‘expertise’ isn’t one, just a form of extortion of their own publics, ...

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Ubuntu: Africa of yesterday, the world of tomorrow (Extract from my book: Advocacy in Sub-Saharan Africa. Pretoria, 2012)

This is one attempted answer to my last post: Africa of tomorrow: So many questions left unanswered Ubuntu: Africa of yesterday, the world of tomorrow.. Ubuntu is an African concept of fraternity and humanness. The word has the same meaning across African languages. From Zulu to Kiswahili, Kinyarwanda, Lingala and Luganda, etc. In his book, No Future without Forgiveness, Archbishop Desmond ...

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