Olivia Ikilezi

A Brave New World: Inside Rwanda’s New Makerspace

The WSH Kigali Makerspace – the newest of its kind in Rwanda – is a space of compelling contrasts. Minimalist decor surrounds hi-tech computer systems, unvarnished wood backdrops state-of-the-art steel, and hanging bulbs bathe the room in a warm glow while an...

Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 12:03 PM

Who’s Burna Boy?

This article was originally published on March 18th, 2019.  ‘Ange-Ange-linaaaa’… Among Damini Ogulu’s many accomplishments, it is probably this tune that would earn the loudest chorus if you began to hum it in the streets of Kigali. The single...

Monday, February 17, 2020, 4:44 PM

A lifetime experience touring Volcanoes National Park

It was a Thursday evening when I received a text message asking me whether I have ever seen the rare mountain gorillas? “No, never”, I replied.  I was then informed of a trip for youth and journalists on 9-10 November and asked if I was interested in covering the assignment...

Sunday, November 17, 2019, 12:00 AM

25 years later, a generation has blossomed

What differentiates this year’s Liberation Day celebrations, or Kwibohora25, from those which preceded it, is that it signifies the passage of a quarter of a century — the time that it takes for a generation to bloom. Therefore, we would like to celebrate this Liberation Day by...

Thursday, July 4, 2019, 2:22 AM

Who’s Burna Boy?

Are you ready for the Burna Boy Xperience in Kigali? Nigerian hitmaker Burna Boy, real name Damini Ogulu, arguably the poster boy of Nigerian pop music at the moment, will hold his first concert in Kigali this Saturday, at the state-of-the-art Intare Conference and Events Arena in Rusororo. Get...

Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 10:17 AM

Featured: In Ngororero District, a new partner steps in

In Ngororero District, lies a small, relatively prosperous village.  Electric lines run the long of modest, well-built houses, surrounded with live-stock, bananas and flower trees.  The children go to school, the hospital has modern equipment, and coltan flows down the river from the...

Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 5:00 AM

Park Inn: A Quiet Jewel in the Hills

Nestled among the quiet, green cobbled streets of Kiyovu, Park Inn by Radisson offers travelers a break from the hustle and bustle of downtown Kigali.   Stepping into the lobby of Park Inn, one is struck by the vibrance of color accented by minimalist decor that lends the hotel a youthful,...

Friday, April 20, 2018, 11:02 AM

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