Lifestyle

Meet 10-year-old Gisa, an upcoming guitarist

It is unusual to see a child playing such a tricky musical instrument as a guitar at a young age. At least that was my impression when I saw 10-year-old Blaise David Gisa Uwijuru skillfully playing the guitar.  Gisa probably takes playing guitar from his father Alphonse Ngendabanga, who used...

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 5:13am

For Richer, for Poorer

Marriage is meant to last forever. Unfortunately, it doesn’t sometimes and couples get divorced! Then comes the question of who takes what and often, it’s contentious, with two people who once had so much love for each other now fighting over the house, car and whatever other property...

Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 3:00am

The Solai dam tragedy signals the downside of privatisation

Recently in Kenya, a dam located on private farmland where flowers, macadamia nuts and coffee are grown, burst after heavy rains in the area. The Patel dam was one of a number of dams on a sprawling farm near Solai, but none of the dams had a permit according to a Water Resources Management...

Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 3:00am

Dear married women with single friends

I really loved her. We’d been friends for almost seven years. But then she got married and now almost every month she’d put me on the stand and make me feel inadequate for not finding a man yet. “Do you like anyone? Does anyone like you? I need updates! You should learn to lower...

Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 2:42am

What should be done to improve the quality of universal education in Rwanda?

Many developing countries around the world have embarked on universal education as a means to end illiteracy and ultimately, poverty. While free basic education is a great way to enlighten the populace, a big concern is and has always been about its quality. Elizabeth Buhungiro asks; what should...

Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 2:30am

Mental awareness week: Why mental illness requires urgent attention

Early this week, Sonia Mugabo, a fashion designer publically shared her past struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD) on Twitter, it was applauded by many as a triumph for fighting the stigma of mental illness. Many came out to share their stories on the platform. The fashion designer...

Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 2:24am

Swedish envoy on living and working in Rwanda

Jenny Ohlsson is the first Swedish ambassador to Rwanda, residing in Kigali since 2016. The 43 year- old shared with Sunday Magazine’s Sharon Kantengwa on her work experience and experience in Rwanda. How did your diplomatic career start? I lived in Rwanda from 2007 to 2009, working at the...

Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 2:12am

Kigali, how do you do it?

The beginning of 2017 also marked the beginning of my 9th year on the same job as a radio show host. Something hit me; I wanted a change of routine. In fact, I went down on my knees and told God I needed a major shift in my life— I was desperate for change. I remember browsing through the...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 4:06am

The woes of a visual artist

At 64 years of age, Epa Binamungu has rightfully earned the title of “first elder of Rwandan art”. In 2016, Binamungu marked 45 years of his eventful journey as a visual artist with a group exhibition that brought together 23 local visual artists at his Inganzo Art Gallery in Masaka...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 3:30am

KWEZI AND I: Of well-laid spoilt plans

I am almost done with my annual leave and I am just amused at how things turned out. All these plans I had with Kwezi evaporated into thin air. First, according to my plan, I was to travel to Uganda and spend a week of rest and recuperation. It was necessary, especially with the nature of the work...

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 5:06am

Meddy’s ‘Slowly’ hits 3 million views on Youtube

He performed the song for the first time before his Rwandan fans at the annual Mutzig Beer Fest in September last year. A month earlier, US-based Rwandan R&B crooner Meddy, had dropped the video clip to the song on Youtube, and it immediately went viral. The song in question is ‘...

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 5:06am

Rwanda U-20 off to Zambia for decisive clash

The national Under-20 men’s football team departed for Zambia last night aboard a RwandAir flight, ahead of the May 19 return leg encounter against the Junior Chipolopolo in the 2019 Africa U20 Nations Cup qualifiers, in Lusaka. The Junior Wasps will have a nearly impossible mountain to...

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 5:06am

What is troubling my daughter?

My 14-year-old daughter is always getting into fights with her peers at school and her academic performance is poor. She gives me the impression that she is studying or doing homework when she is at home but it looks like that is not what she does. She has changed several schools with little effect...

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 5:06am

How effective is the morning after pill?

Dear Doctor, I am 24 years old and was recently introduced to the morning after pill. However, how often can it be used and what are the effects?  Is it the best option or should I go for something more long-term? Rita ----- Dear Rita, The morning after pill is for emergency contraception...

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 5:06am

Probing the myth about women empowerment

In this women-empowerment rich age, I just received a WhatsApp forward titled “MAIDS TAKEOVER”; to the effect that suitors now prefer maids to our daughters for marriage. So while girls are going for their Masters and PHD’s, maids are taking care of the home and children, hence,...

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 5:06am

A letter to my sister, the single mother

Sheroe, You always think you made a mistake according to society perception. But remember some mistakes pave way to success and blessings. Who doesn’t know that children are a blessing? I want you to believe you are strong, powerful, and able to do what many are unable to do. You are...

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 5:06am

What’s it like to be a female sports journalist in Rwanda?

It is easy to think of sports as macho. This is because the field is dominated by men — and not just the athletes — but reporters too. Sports journalism has historically been a difficult area for women to break into. But lately, there are many prominent female sports journalists around...

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 5:06am

How to use differentiated instruction in the classroom

It is the truth, universally acknowledged I might add, that everyone has a unique fingerprint; so is the learning style of every student. Chances are, not all of your students grasp a subject in the same way, or share the same level of ability. So how can you better deliver your lessons to reach...

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 9:36am

Chance and Ben to launch debut album

The family that prays together stays together – so says the Bible. Husband-and-wife duo Ben Serugo and Chance Abigail Mbanza Juru have been doing gospel music since 2014, and both founded House of Worship Ministries, a renowned local worship ministry, the following year.  Now, after...

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 8:58am

All set for Pentecost Hymn concert

All is set for a gospel concert dubbed “Pentecost Hymn” at Evangelical Restoration Church in Masoro, Kigali on May 20. The concert, to be hosted by local musician Arsene Tuyiringire, aka Arsene Tuyi, will see gospel artistes such as Patient Bizimana, Gaby Kamanzi, Shining Stars Family...

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 10:57pm