Natalie Campbell-Rodriques

An expatriate guide to settling in Rwanda

You move to a new country as an expatriate, an individual who relocates temporarily to a nation outside of their own for work purposes. Here you are now settling into life in Rwanda, a geographically small landlocked nation in Africa.  A place where a little over two decades ago, war was...

Sunday, February 17, 2019, 11:59 PM

The new wave of pan-Africanism

There seems to be a rise once more of the use of the word Pan-Africanism. I am sure there are those who would argue that the concept had never seized to exist but in all honesty the movement had all but went to sleep for a while. Rwanda and its continued success has helped to breathe renewed life...

Thursday, January 24, 2019, 12:00 AM

Time to reflect and change, or is it business as usual?

The holiday season is upon us. It is that time when we tend to seek unusual amounts of entertainment and pleasure as well as reflect on the past year and what we hope to achieve in the upcoming one. Restaurants, bars and such service industry players look forward to this time of year when many of...

Thursday, December 27, 2018, 12:00 AM

In defence of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights

In honour of the 70th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, an event was held at the Serena Hotel in Kigali this week. It could have been seen as another cocktail event where dignitaries mingle, network and enjoy an hour or two of drinks and...

Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 11:43 PM

Quality of life in Africa for foreigners

“Since Africa is such a bad place, why are so many non-Africans moving here and doing all that is possible to stay longer?” This was a question posed to me in a casual manner a few weeks ago. At first I laughed in my head while appreciating a disruption which allowed me time to think...

Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 11:49 PM

Why should we celebrate International Men’s Day?

November 19 was marked as International Men’s Day in several countries across the world. This annually celebrated day is seen not just as a gendered one but also as a way to honour men and boys. According to the International Men’s Day global website, the day is acknowledged in 70...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018, 9:33 PM

Real estate investments need a systematic approach

The last few weeks have seen an upsurge in queries about real estate investments in Kigali. The increased interest comes from both individuals and entities with a view to diversify their portfolio. Upsurges such as this are always exciting to those of us who work to professionalise the real estate...

Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 10:10 PM

Racism need not exist

In this space, I keep revisiting the issue of Blacks and our getting a seat at the proverbial table. During the past few weeks, I have been thinking that in addition to the Black race pulling up our boots and getting better at wealth creation and sustainability, there is some work which needs to...

Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 11:41 PM

What one knows and expects is not always better

As I sit on the porch of my office staring at the hills in the direction of Kiyovu, I cannot help but reflect on my recent visit to my homeland Jamaica. In the past, I have written articles referring to what each country could learn from the other. Once again I find myself itching to make the...

Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 11:36 PM

The ignored gender equality issue

The terms gender equality and women’s empowerment are used almost daily as part of target setting for organisations and governments across the globe. Countries find themselves being judged by the number of women who are elected as part of the governance structure of the country and...

Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 11:55 PM

Of brand advertising and the Nike-Kaepernick saga

Nike has taken what is considered a big gamble with the launch of their latest campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick. In the past, companies and brands have tried their best to avoid taking strong public positions on political issues for fear of alienating any segment of potential customers. As a...

Thursday, September 6, 2018, 2:16 AM

Is China a threat to the spread of democracy in Africa?

There are days when writing an article is the last thing on my mind. The brain is tired and good ideas are elusive. That was the case for today’s article, until I found myself in the car driving and listening to an interview programme on BBC. My mind was still lethargic up to the moment when...

Thursday, July 26, 2018, 12:46 AM

Should blacks keep making European nations global football powerhouses?

The ongoing World Cup matches have been quite scintillating as seen from the early departure of Germany, Spain and Argentina to the competitive fighting spirit of Iceland, Columbia and Senegal. I have missed but one match and do everything in my power to not miss a minute of each of the games. I...

Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 9:20 PM

Overlooked real estate opportunities

The real estate industry in Rwanda is constantly evolving. A mere three years ago there were few apartments and townhouses throughout the city. Now, there is a large number of these kinds of housing. The days of the big houses being the in-thing are behind us. The idea of building a 6- or 7-...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 8:55 PM

The time for Africa’s media house is now

The discussion as to whether or not it is time for Africa to have her own large, well respected media house has been ramping up over the last few weeks. The idea fueling the discussion is that Africa needs to begin telling her own stories to ensure that the information captured shares the full...

Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 11:37 PM

Relevance of Commonwealth Games

The 2018 edition of the Commonwealth Games has just been completed. While not as popular and high-ranked as the Olympics, the Commonwealth Games has been around since 1930 and take place every four years. While previously viewed as the Games for England and its former colonies, the event now hosts...

Thursday, April 19, 2018, 1:29 AM

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