Insight

The bitter-sweet ride for Rwanda’s fashion industry

TEN years ago, Rwanda’s fashion industry had nothing to write home about. There were hardly any fashion shows, models or local designers. A handful of individuals were struggling to start a career in modeling. What most Rwandans knew about fashion then was what they saw on catwalk TV shows or...

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 12:00am

Ask the Doctor: How can I get better skin?

I seem to have abnormally dry skin. This has been an issue for as long as I can remember. I have tried all sorts of lotions and moisturizers but nothing seems to work. Recently, I even started getting strange looking white patches on my arm. They disappear for sometime after I use lotion but the...

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 12:00am

Why are students mutilating the English language?

There is no doubt that technology is good and worth embracing. From the planes to computers, radio to skype, phones to facebook name it, the world has marvelled at such innovations and rushed to embrace those technological breakthroughs.  Who would not want to communicate with people in any...

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 12:00am

Rwanda-China trade grows by 50% to $240m

China has become Africa’s largest trade partner, and Africa is now China’s major import source. It is also the second-largest overseas construction project contract market and fourth-largest investment destination. Paul Ntambara caught up with Chen Hao, the Chinese Ministry of...

Monday, March 24, 2014 - 12:00am

Mayange’s Step-and-Wash project setting health agenda in Bugesera

More than two million children die of diarrhoea every year, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Diarrhoea is the second leading killer of children, accounting for 29 per cent of under five deaths annually. And, like diarrhoea, many other waterborne and hygiene-related diseases such...

Sunday, March 23, 2014 - 12:00am

Ferwafa can do better

The Rwanda Football Federation (Ferwafa) was this week at the centre of a controversy that threatened the integrity of the National Football League. They, for whatever reason, decided that a scheduled match between top clubs Rayon Sports and APR would not take place tomorrow, but on a later date;...

Friday, March 21, 2014 - 12:00am

How much are our musicians minting?

They are called ‘celebs’ today. They do all sorts of things they could not do in the 90s to fit into this celebrity lounge. Back then, today’s artistes were nothing but ghetto residents slurping soup from plates of katogo in roadside shacks and riding on taxi motos to concerts....

Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 12:00am

Mukeshimana lost limbs at 16, but did not resign to fate

August 8, 1994 started like any other day for Alphonsine Mukeshimana. She woke up and went about her usual work. At only 16 years of age, life was just starting for the teenage girl. But what started as a normal day ended tragically leaving her incapacitated for life.   Mukeshimana lost both...

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 12:00am

Importance of PTA in schools

John Kabera, a retired civil servant, was on the management committee of a school his son attended back in the 1980s. He represented parents on the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) committee. Kabera remembers discussions during such meetings would get heated especially if things were not going...

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 12:00am

HR function not for pay cheque chasers

The human resources function is one of the central pillars of any modern company. The HR department can make or break an organisation depending on the policies and values it promotes among workers, as well as its vision for employees and company generally. All these and more are what will drive...

Monday, March 17, 2014 - 12:00am

New gel protects women from HIV

Thirty-three years since human-immuno virus (HIV) was discovered, the cure has proved elusive. The amount of resources spent in the search for the HIV/Aids treatment in those 33 years could probably outweigh the entire budget of Africa in the same period.  But these have been with varied...

Sunday, March 16, 2014 - 12:00am

AS Kigali’s success offers hope for Rwanda

Last year’s Peace Cup winners, AS Kigali, have become Rwanda’s Cinderella story in the football sense. They aren’t big spenders like Police FC, or traditionally strong like APR and neither do they have a strong fan base like Rayon Sports. Yet, step by step, they have won cups,...

Friday, March 14, 2014 - 12:00am

Rwanda’s film industry ready to take off

ONCE upon a time the only thing about Rwanda’s movie industry was movies about the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Movies such as 100 Days, Sometimes in April, Shooting Dogs and Shake Hands with the Devil were the only pictures the world saw about Rwanda.  In the after month of the...

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 12:00am

Ask the Doctor: I’m afraid of a third C-section

I am a 33-year-old pregnant mother of two boys aged three and five. Both deliveries were by c-section. I was determined to have a natural birth for both but I couldn’t. With the first, I failed to progress in labour and the second, my baby was diagnosed with a birth defect and a cesarean had...

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 12:00am

Is online education the way to go?

Online classes are offered by most colleges and universities to provide options for students with differing needs and interests. Instead of sitting in a traditional classroom, students participate in online classes using a computer, smart phone or tablet with an Internet connection to interact...

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 12:00am

‘Rwanda has capacity to penetrate EU markets’

Ceaser Kayizari, the Rwandan ambassador to Turkey, is confident that fostering trade linkages and partnerships between local businesses and multinational entrepreneurs is essential to grow Rwanda’s industrial sector and ensure economic sustainability. Business Times Peterson Tumwebaze caught...

Monday, March 10, 2014 - 12:00am

HIV gene therapy using modified cells a success

A radical gene therapy to combat HIV using genetically modified cells that are resistant to the virus has been declared a success by scientists following the first clinical trial. The treatment, which has never been tested on humans before, raised patients’ defences against HIV by replacing...

Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 12:00am

Gender parity: Rwanda’s journey so far…

Rwanda has received international recognition for promotion of gender equality and women empowerment policies. The country has made significant strides, sometimes unprecedented, in ensuring gender parity and gender mainstreaming across all the sectors. An independent evaluation of national...

Friday, March 7, 2014 - 12:00am

Is there such a thing as ‘ideal dating period’?

WHEN Yvette Kayitesi and Albert Nshizirungu decided to get married after dating for eight months, Kayitesi’s family and friends went up in arms.   They argued that 8 months was too short a time for Kayitesi to know her suitor well to make such a life time decision. It’s barely a...

Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 12:00am

Ask the Doctor: Why can’t I lose weight?

I am 27 years old and to be honest, quite huge for my age. I have always been a little chubby but now I’m obese. I started gaining serious weight around 2007. I haven’t been in a relationship in God knows how long and I’m beginning to think men are repulsed by my size. I have...

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 12:00am

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