Kigali life: From a dull town to a city that never sleeps

TWENTY YEARS after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, has made a commendable effort to lose its reputation as the ‘boring city’ among revelers. In the past years, night dwellers would frown at the fact that there weren’t that many places to go and loosen up. However, all that has changed and today, Kigali boasts of endless hangout  spots that include bars, casinos, movie theatres and so much more. Night life in Kigali beams with gusto as revelers from all walks of life party hard all night long. For a long time, Kigali’s major appeal was associated with the brutal events of 1994 . Most visitors would just pass through the city en route to the country’s attractions like the Akagera Savanna, the ancient Nyungwe jungle and the gorilla-rich Volcanoes National Park. If people stopped at all, it was usually to visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial, which is regarded as one of the best museums in Africa.
The New Times
Dean Karemera