Society

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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My last coordinates

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?

“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!

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

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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Abasongarere bo muri leta

You can’t really be passionate about changing the world and passionate about logistics at the same time… John Kayihura, a veteran Rwandan Tour operator is having an early, much deserved breakfast on the shores of the Shanga River in the ‘Dzanga Sangha Forest reserve, situated deep in the south-eastern jungles of the Central African Republic and nestled between Cameroon and ...

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Paul Kagame is Rwanda’s product, not the other way round

When Fred Rwigema, the first RPF commander suddenly died at the beggining of the struggle, I am told, all seemed lost. In the absence of a unifying figure, small factions typically formed within the rebel movement. Chaos reigned as no other person came even near from commanding the same authority and legitimacy. Power struggles and lack of direction prevailed among ...

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