Ending the business of child labour

In October 1997, when global leaders gathered in Oslo to strategize how to end child labor, we brought a huge ambition and a deep commitment to change. Through improved collaboration...

EDITORIAL: Rwanda opens doors to stranded migrants: Will others follow suit?

Murmurs that some armed groups in Libya were selling – as slaves – stranded migrants seeking greener pastures across the Mediterranean had been doing the rounds for some time. But...

Africa’s demographic dividend: empower, educate, and employ

It is true that the African population is very youthful, with 406 million young people aged 15-34, and 486 million children aged 0-14 years according to UN Population estimates. The...

EDITORIAL: Political change should not come at the expense of peace

The dust has began to settle in Zimbabwe after “Uncle Bob” finally decided to bow to the ever-increasing pressure to resign. After a 38-year uninterrupted rule, the once iconic freedom...

Strange times when excellence is a problem

When you get to a certain age, you are likely to do certain things that were unthinkable at a younger age. For example, you begin to reminisce a great deal...

Housing in Kigali; what determines where we stay

Residence is one of the most important human needs, as we all need a place to safely hide away from harsh external weather elements such as cold nights and hot...

Editorial: Teenage pregnancy: A holistic approach is the solution

Civil society organisations and religious leaders have appealed to Government to investigate the alarming rate of teenage pregnancies and bring the perpetrators to book. The call comes after reports indicated...

Africa's mooted stories

Storytelling is the preservation of memory. It explains why this column elicited strong emotions last week: a people’s memory was at stake. I argued that Africa has no story to...

Unconstitutional change of government is unacceptable

Last Wednesday, on November 15, 2017, Zimbabwe’s military leaders seized power, placing long-time President Robert Mugabe under house arrest and deploying armoured vehicles to the streets of the capital, Harare....

The Pandora's Box of the digital age

STOCKHOLM – Is the world sliding dangerously toward cyber Armageddon? Let us hope not; but let us also apprehend the threat, and focus on what to do about it.

[Editorial] Young generations have no excuse for not playing their part in nation building

Nine individuals were on Saturday conferred upon the Igihango National Order of Outstanding Friendship in recognition of their outstanding service to Rwanda.

Rwanda’s open border policy is such a blessing for tourism

There has been so much depressing news doing the rounds lately. In Uganda the medical workers have put down their tools demanding better pay. As usual the government is playing...

World should reciprocate Rwanda’s new visa regime

What a week! In Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe’s government toppled itself, in a rare but efficient political party reinvention strategy; in Kenya, Raila Odinga’s opposition wants to oust Uhuru Kenyatta’s admin...

Depression and its associated stigma is catastrophic

My first encounter with depression was when I lost a friend to suicide. There was loss, pain and the lingering question in my mind: 'What could I have done to...

Editorial: Awareness only weapon against teenage pregnancies

A survey carried out last year by local human rights NGO, CLADHO, discovered that within a span of two years, in just 52 of the 416 sectors in the country,...

Social protection is about transformation

Quality of life in any country is measured by the level at which it takes care of vulnerable persons especially women and children, the elderly and persons with disabilities, among...

Why Kenya's #Githeriman should have graced the Kigali media meet

Many of those who follow news on the Kenyan scene in Rwanda and the region will remember the Githeri Man.

The moral urgency of mental health

PRINCETON – If we can prevent great suffering at no cost to ourselves, we ought to do so. That principle is widely accepted and difficult to dispute. Yet Western governments...

[Editorial] Removing unnecessary visa hurdles will open more opportunities

Another milestone has been achieved in Rwanda’s quest to promote its open door policy. From the beginning of next year, visitors to Rwanda will no longer have to apply for...

What’s too costly when your very dignity is at stake?

When, in his opinion piece, a fellow columnist rattled off names of hangouts in this city, though he mentioned only a few in passing, I felt like an alien. I’d...

More genres to explore for continuous journalism development

The last two decades recorded tremendous growth in the profession of journalism in Rwanda, which should be noticed and appreciated because it did not just come about. Despite of the...

Editorial: Rwandan peacekeepers have set the bar very high

In May 2015, an international conference on the protection of civilians took place in Kigali. The meeting brought together 30 of the top troop and police contributing countries in peace...

How telecoms accelerate SME growth through innovation

This week Rwanda welcomed the fourth edition of the 'SME and Banking Africa Forum' at the landmark Kigali Convention Centre. The theme of this year’s forum, which brought together business...

My journey to Rwanda was a one way ticket

I arrived in Rwanda on a one way ticket over four years ago after living 35 years abroad. I just wanted to step off the bus. I even recorded a...