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Culture: Would you climb 49 branchless trees for love?

What does it take to marry in the Rwandan culture? I am not quite sure of all the factors….but at least I know that a man needs to have some cattle to present to the girl’s family as bride price. This seems to be a small price to pay as you proclaim your love for your spouse as well...

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 11:47pm

Poetry changed my perspective on life, says Ashiimwe

Ange Theonastine Ashimwe is a young poet who uses her skills to preach unity and reconciliation. She is a high school student at Cyabingo Secondary School in Gakenke District, Northern Province. She describes herself as an ambitious girl who wants to use poetry as a platform to influence and...

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 11:36pm

We are all guilty of bleaching

I saw a woman who had made an unsuccessful attempt at bleaching her skin. She now had varying skin tones on different parts of her body ranging from earth brown (her original colour) to light pink. And I, the self-righteous proud black African, wanted to make fun of her. Make a witty joke about her...

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 11:30pm

Park Inn: A Quiet Jewel in the Hills

Nestled among the quiet, green cobbled streets of Kiyovu, Park Inn by Radisson offers travelers a break from the hustle and bustle of downtown Kigali.   Stepping into the lobby of Park Inn, one is struck by the vibrance of color accented by minimalist decor that lends the hotel a youthful,...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 11:12am

Parenthood: Handling teenage rebellion

At 16, Chantal was no ‘ordinary’ teen. She dodged school and instead spent the entire day in local bars with a group of agemates. Using their lunch and break money, they drank cheap alcohol sold in sachets and smoked cigarettes. At the end of the day, she would stagger home. Her mum...

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 10:45pm

The secret to changing rebellious teens

Whether your teen has issues with substance use, bullying, failing grades or running away from home, one thing remains constant: If you want your child to change, you must change first. Parenting teens is like parenting toddlers — you’re sleep-deprived, stressed out, second-guessing...

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 10:34pm

Rapper Prime’s debut album drops this month

Seven years after embarking on his musical journey, fast-rising local rapper Prime Mazimpaka is set to launch his debut album. Titled ‘A Thousand Hills Prodigy’, the 12-track album was produced at Green Ferry Music studio in Kicukiro by producer Nganji On The Beat, real name Dominic...

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 9:56am

100 Days, 100 Questions forum due Friday

A forum designed to enlighten young Rwandans seeking answers to questions about the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi will take place at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre on Friday. Dubbed ‘100 Days, 100 Questions’, the event will bring together experts drawn from different spheres of...

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 2:21am

School dropouts on building foundation for a better life

Jeanne Mukamana was barely 20 years old when she got pregnant in high school and was forced to drop out. As fate would have it, the boy responsible for the pregnancy abandoned her, and then family and friends followed suit. She was left to fend for herself, and she had no idea how to do it....

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 2:15am

Why doesn’t my teenage daughter sweat?

Dear Doctor, Is it normal for my teenage daughter not to sweat at all? Even when she runs around, or on a very hot day, she doesn’t sweat. Why is this?  Faith ----- Dear Faith, Sweat is produced by sweat glands in the body and the main function is to regulate body temperature,...

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 2:06am

How can I help my friend overcome her grief?

Dear Counsellor, I’m a student at a higher institution of learning in Kigali. My best friend, like many others, lost many of her loved ones, including her parents, during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Every April, she gets very sad and I would like to help her.  Last year, she...

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 12:49am

How firm is implementation of peace education?

Two years back, the government initiated peace studies in the curriculum. This was done with an aim of looking at how best peace can be integrated into humanity courses like history, religion, social studies, among others, which in the end would facilitate the prevention of conflict and peace...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 3:52pm

Children and social media: Should parents be worried?

Recently, concerned youth and parents in Kenya started a hashtag on Twitter and Facebook - it should reach the parents. This was after shocking nude photos of youngsters emerged on social media sites. This sparked outrage and mixed reactions on what the future of teenagers is and how such photos...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 11:35pm

Be more sensitive to students

The slipshod back-to-school attitude and the usual holiday hangover aside, the students you are receiving from this break are also affected by the general remorse and melancholy of the mourning period, something likely to impact their functioning in school. This then calls for special care and...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 11:26pm

Youth should be at the forefront of reconciliation drive

Looking at the pre and post-Genocide period, the youth played a big role both times. The pre-group played a major part in inciting and carrying out one of the worst atrocities known to mankind during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in which over one million innocent people were mercilessly...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 11:26pm

Learn it right: The use of re- and again

You have heard or you will hear some people say that English was born in the United Kingdom, brought up in the United States, fell ill in Africa and died in Asia. That is generally to say; English speakers in Africa and Asia are not as accurate as those in the UK or USA. It is not necessarily...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 11:24pm

AI: Will they or will they not?

This is the million franc question. Do we see a nearby future in which machines, such as programmed computers, take over the jobs of educators? With all the advancement in technology, most especially in the area of artificial intelligence, this phenomenon is worthy of further exploration, don...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 11:18pm

What are we getting from education?

Education is regarded ‘the future’ in this competitive world; not all will agree, however, learning has in fact changed, especially after the rise of technology. It is as old as time itself. But it’s what we do with that schooling that matters. Many graduates remain jobless today...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 11:08pm

Origins of ordinary things: The name “Africa”

Most paleoanthropologists consider Africa to be the birthplace of all humanity and yet its name seems to have been a foreign configuration. Several theories have been put forward as to the origins of the name of the second largest continent in the world. According to web-based ‘Knowledge...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 10:55pm

Know your duties

A child is not meant to be a passive citizen, benefitting from civil rights without giving anything in return. Each child has duties to play, doing things that benefit his/her family, community and country. According to article 21 of N°54/2011 of 14/12/2011 law relating to the rights and the...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 10:37pm