Lifestyle

KWEZI AND I: A diva is born

Kwezi is back from her grandparents’ home where she has been for a good three weeks. This year, I made a promise to myself that since I don’t get to see my parents as much as I would love to, I will give them Kwezi to fill the void. It is safe to say that I am using my child to fill a...

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 9:56pm

Women are only after my money

Dear Counsellor, I am in my 30s and I have been working abroad for eight years but travel back once in a while. When I am in the country, I try to meet a woman who is serious about settling down but I have realised all who agree to date me are after my money. I have also tried dating African women...

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 9:48pm

Using holidays to get ahead in school

During the holidays, it’s easy for learners to get into a lazy mode. While there is value in getting rest, there’s only so much rest one can have, and, there are other important things to do that can be used to get ahead in school and reduce stress later on in the term. Experts...

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 10:17pm

Tell your parents why you love acting

Dear Counsellor, I want to give up on my course and join a drama club; however, this won’t be easy for my parents to accept as I’m currently doing a course in engineering.  They have high hopes, and they say acting won’t pay the bills. But it is my dream. And I feel...

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 9:59pm

Origins of ordinary things: Towels

People have always needed to pat themselves dry after taking a bath. For this, they used different kinds of cloth. This went on until the 17th Century when the Turkish invented a towel. According to Wikipedia, an encyclopedia, the Turkish invention known as a pestermal was a flat and thin hand-...

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 9:44pm

Know your rights: The right to clean air

Air is essential to the health of every living thing; be it plant or animal and as such, it must be kept clean. For this reason, N° 18/2016 of 18/05/2016 the law governing the preservation of air quality and prevention of air pollution in Rwanda was instituted. Article 6 of the law governing...

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 9:40pm

Academic dishonesty: Are we going about it the wrong way?

We have all witnessed the straining necks in the exam rooms trying to cheat off their colleagues’ answers; the last minute copy-cats getting it word-by-word from their friend’s work, or perhaps the copy paste nerds who get it easy from the internet — the list could go on and on....

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 9:34pm

Study habits for success: Tips for students

Focus! And don’t multi-task Our brains are impressive machines, but they can’t handle everything at once. There is simply too much going on in our sensory environment for us to digest. To be effective, we need to direct our attention to just one or two tasks at a time. That generally...

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 9:24pm

Dying on duty?

Study ‘hard’ (never smart) and you will get a job in the future; that has been the old adage of most adults to the blossoming youngsters. There are numerous occupations that we seldom take time to notice the nature of the danger involved in their execution. Take your pick from the jobs...

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 9:20pm

Things to do over holiday break

Apply for scholarships and internships If there was ever a time to apply, it’s now! You don’t have to spend the entire break applying for scholarships, but even if you devote a few hours to your scholarship applications; it will make a world of difference in your search. After all, it...

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 9:10pm

Learn to be yourself

Many pupils find it hard to be who they really are. Sometimes, they want to look, or be like, their peers whom they think look great, dress better or have more. In trying to be like someone else, we ignore who we truly are. Our teacher once told us that when you try hard to be like someone else...

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 8:58pm

I’m sick

“I cannot go to school today,” Said little Peggy Ann Makey. “My glasses broke. I think I’m going to choke. My cat puked in my shoe, Not to mention all the poo. I have a hangnail on my thumb. I hear my ear going numb. I was up all night with a migraine; I think there...

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 8:48pm

Christafari and Beauty for Ashes mesmerise gospel lovers

Christafari, a Christian reggae band from the U.S., joined their Rwandan counterparts Beauty for Ashes to lead Christians, mainly youth, into a raggae-style night of worship over the weekend. The band jetted in the country last Wednesday to support the Christian rock band, Beauty for Ashes, the...

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 9:23am

Do you drink enough water?

A bout 60 per cent of our body is made up of water. For it to continue to function properly, it’s crucial that we take in enough of the drink on a daily basis. Hydration is key to helping all the organs in our system work efficiently. Since our bodies lose water through breathing,...

Monday, August 6, 2018 - 8:35am

Rwandan filmmakers miss out on 2018 AMAA nominations

Rwandan filmmakers will have to wait a little longer to feature among the continent’s best, with the most recent blow being falling short of making it to the 2018 Africa Movie Academy Awards nominations. This has yet again raised questions as to whether the quality of Rwanda’s films...

Monday, August 6, 2018 - 12:57am

Dealing with endometriosis

Endometriosis is a condition that affects women. It can cause pain in the lower part of the belly and trouble getting pregnant. Endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the tissue that normally grows inside the uterus, also grows outside of the uterus. The tissue inside the uterus is...

Sunday, August 5, 2018 - 11:24pm

Preeclampsia; a deadly condition for pregnant women

Pregnant women are advised to go for antenatal care every month, as this helps keep the mother and baby safe throughout the pregnancy. If these check-ups are respected, there are some conditions that can be prevented. One of the conditions, experts say, is preeclampsia — a life threatening...

Sunday, August 5, 2018 - 11:20pm

I lose my voice when I get a cold

Dear doctor, I lose my voice every time I get a cold. And I do get colds very often. I usually take home remedies like lemon and ginger for the cold but it takes my voice a while to get back to normal. Why is this so? Maria - Dear Maria, Loss of voice occurs due to inflammation or damage to...

Sunday, August 5, 2018 - 11:13pm

Alcohol and involuntary movements

Alcohol is a drink taken by people for recreation, to relieve stress and celebrate — various reasons for centuries. But with advances in medical science in the past century, many adverse effects of alcohol have also come to be known. It is harmful to the entire body. The risks are more with...

Sunday, August 5, 2018 - 11:10pm

Impact of eating celery on your body

Celery is a type of vegetable, it has a long fibrous stalk that tapers into leaves and is common and affordable in local markets. Many people use it in soups, as a spice or even in a salad. Nutritionists say people should know the health benefits the vegetable has to offer, and make efforts to...

Sunday, August 5, 2018 - 11:02pm