Weekender

Inside Aimable Ndizihiwe’s world of interior design

Aimable Ndizihiwe has carved his name in interior design. His work is an assortment of style, comfort and function. The dining sets, tables, sofas, cupboards, art pieces he makes possess a quality that adds appealing details to any choice of space. And it is his choice of designs, textures and...

Friday, March 6, 2020 - 12:21am

Sibling rivalry and entitlement

Sibling rivalry and hatred is so real and daunting. I used to wonder how possible it was for a family to be so apart and disconnected. My disbelief must have been caused by the fact that the family I came from enjoyed a semblance of unity; I would laugh with my friends saying in the WhatsApp era...

Friday, March 6, 2020 - 12:20am

The Simple Explanation: The return of Macaulay Culkin

Macaulay Culkin is going to be in the next season of ‘American Horror Story’ and the old people are so excited about this, they are popping their frail hips. Their gray hairs are standing on end with glee. Their diapers cannot handle the load upsurge. Meanwhile, the younger ones are...

Friday, March 6, 2020 - 12:19am

What women really want

In one word? Respect, because with respect comes meritocracy, equal opportunities and pay for equal work. Instead, what we have is continued marginalisation, sexism and misogyny that often see women belittled and our ideas and grievances dismissed. For decades, men have taken credit for women...

Friday, March 6, 2020 - 12:17am

Dealing with ‘the guest who won’t leave’

Visitors are like heat, smells and cockroaches. If you have a nice house, they will show up sometimes. A moderate amount of heat can be welcome and enjoyable. A fragrance from the kitchen can be tantalising and pleasant. A cockroach, not often but we can’t rule out the possibility, can be...

Friday, February 28, 2020 - 12:20am

The Simple Explanation: Why Rihanna is too ‘fly’ for a boyfriend

Rihanna and her former boyfriend split up. She dumped the dude. I see from the way your eyebrow is twitching that you are preparing to ask, in a not-too-slightly sneering tone, “Which one?” because she has been attached to and detached from at least three dudes over the past few...

Friday, February 28, 2020 - 12:18am

Hell hath no fury like a Gypsy King scorned

Turns out the Bronze Bomber is all talk and no punches! Sorry Deontay Wilder Fans but I have to say I’m happy for the new WBC Heavyweight Champion, Tyson Fury. The sweetest victories are those no one sees coming. When everybody writes you off and then you pull all the punches, pun intended...

Friday, February 28, 2020 - 12:16am

Israel: A remarkable experience

I arrived in Tel Aviv, Israel on a Friday afternoon. It was Shabbat (a day of rest), therefore, very few people were on the road, shops were closed and a few public transportation facilities were operational. In six hours, we landed at Ben Gurion International Airport (thanks to RwandAir’s...

Friday, February 21, 2020 - 12:20am

Advice for women from the ‘men’s conference’

So apparently the ‘Men’s Conference’ happened on or around Valentine’s Day. How did churches and organisations choose Feb and around 14th to hold the men’s conference? It started off like a joke as a way of discouraging women from making demands or expecting anything...

Friday, February 21, 2020 - 12:19am

The Simple Explanation: The return of ‘Brannifer’

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston have been seen together in acts that can be described, if not as actual, definitive canoodling, then as parts of the processes that eventually lead to canoodling. What is going on? Why are these two en route to canoodling at this, of all times? Let me attempt to...

Friday, February 21, 2020 - 12:18am

Forget Brexit, let’s have Jexit!

If you’re reading this, congratulations are in order! You obviously survived January. Wouldn’t it be nice though if we scrapped January from the Calendar and saved everybody the stress of struggling to make it through the ‘longest’ month year in, year out? My...

Friday, February 21, 2020 - 12:16am

Support The New Wave Of Artists: Underworra ?

This article was originally published on August 21st, 2019. Every new generation seems to have its own way of doing things; new age groups often have more “modern” manners of walking, talking and dressing. With new slang comes unheard-of challenges and untapped potential. In...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 5:25pm

Review: “Autour De Moi” – Art Can Be About Everything

This article was originally published on August 5th, 2019. “Autour de Moi” is an exhibition that was held in the new Banque Populaire du Rwanda (BPR) building, and opened to the public from July 19th – 31st. Many people walked in, out of curiosity, to see what was...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 5:20pm

25 Years Later, A Generation Blossoms

This article was originally published on July 11th, 2019. What differentiates this year’s Liberation is that it also signifies the passage of a quarter of a century — the time that it takes for a new generation to bloom. Therefore, we would like to celebrate this commemoration month...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 5:07pm

Kigali Creatives: The Backstory to “Stickin’ 2 You”

This article was originally published on June 12th, 2019. It was just another day at the Mothaland Arts recording studio. Or so I thought. I came over to meet the producer prodigy named Eloi El. My expectation was to just absorb any knowledge I could from the 19-year old...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 4:58pm

Escape The City: Two Days in Rwanda’s Tea Country

Kigali is a beautiful city, though sometimes you need a break from the city’s hustle and bustle. In this new series, the WEEKENDER explores escapes into the beautiful Rwandan country side, to enjoy nature, relax the brain and free the spirit. How do you drink your tea? Black or green?...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 4:20pm

Weekend Getaways: The Kids’ Edition

Traveling as a family brings its own unique challenges, especially when visiting remote destinations that may venture off the beaten track.     Rwanda (‘the Land of a Thousand Hills’) is not the place many people might think of as a child-friendly holiday...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 4:11pm

Great Escapes: Things To Do Around Musanze (That Are Not The Gorillas)

If you live in Kigali, chances are sooner or later you will find yourself in Musanze, the city located on the foothills of the Virunga massif.  Even if you are not there to see the celebrated mountain gorillas (but if it is within your budget, go for it!) there are other activities to enjoy in...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 3:55pm

What You Should Know About The Most Innovative University in Africa

Good news for rooftop-fetishists: the rooftop at Westerwelle Start-up Haus, the latest addition to Kigali’s start-up ecosystem, is a solid contender for the best view of the city. Its spacious two-story outdoor terrace boasts a winning close view of the Convention Centre dome and panoramic...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 3:16pm

Westerwelle Start-Up Haus: More Than Just A Work Space

Good news for rooftop-fetishists: the rooftop at Westerwelle Start-up Haus, the latest addition to Kigali’s start-up ecosystem, is a solid contender for the best view of the city. Its spacious two-story outdoor terrace boasts a winning close view of the Convention Centre dome and panoramic...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 3:06pm