Hope Azeda is the founder, artistic director and choreographer of Mashirika Creative and Performing Arts, a local theatre company. She was a casting director for the films Sometimes in April, Shake Hands with the Devil, Shooting Dog and white Light. She is currently the president of ARTEJ/ASSITEJ Rwanda (International Association of Theaters for Children and Young People). She spoke to Moses Opobo about her love for theatre and why her name is unique…
Who is Hope Azeda?
I am a human being who chose to do art as my career. I am a full-time theater practitioner and my specifics are scriptwriting and directing. But again I find myself casting for films and when time allows I develop concepts for events.
What does the name Azeda mean?
My father made up my name. He thought I was going to be his tenth and last born, so he named me Z like the last letter in the alphabet. Fortunately he got an eleventh born and he had to change my name. He said, “I started and now I have to end”, so he named me AZ. So to make it appear like a name it was then spelt the way it sounded.
What don’t people know about you?
That I am a Christian.
If you were appointed president of Rwanda for a day, what would you do first?
I would only deliver a presidential speech.
What would you change about the institution of marriage if you had to?
I’m no expert on this subject, but I think the game is best known by its players.
You are a beautiful woman. Do you ever feel guilty about it?
Thanks for the compliment. I believe beauty is a total package.
Do you ever get stalked?
If I’ve ever had a stalker, I didn’t notice it.
What is that one thing or person that changed your life forever?
Creating art against the background of genocide has made me a better person.
What movies have you acted in, and what impact did the experience have on you?
I actually spend more time behind cameras, but I featured in Sometimes in April by HBO as Bridget .The experience was an eye-opener to the true art of professionalism