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Women in sport: Bucumu and her trailblazing mastery of two sports

Claudette Habimana Mugwaneza, commonly known as Bucumu, will never forget a time she broke her ankle badly in a basketball game. Her defense and rebounding prowess was relied on big time, and her team was losing. She was playing for Etoile Basketball Club, facing Lycée de Kigali. The game was to...

Saturday, July 11, 2020, 12:00 AM

Mariya Yohana’s journey to become the icon of liberation songs

Marie-Jeanne Mukankuranga describes herself as ‘old enough’ when one asks her about her age. She is among, if not the oldest artistes in the country. Her stage name is a translation of Marie-Jeanne, Mariya Yohana, and she is renowned as a liberation music singer, where one of her...

Monday, July 6, 2020, 12:00 AM

Masamba’s journey to liberation music

It is widely believed that some people tend to become what their names say, and it was no exception to 53-year-old Alphonse Masamba Butera, stage name Masamba Intore. His father, Athanase Sentore, named him ‘Masamba’ after a Congolese politician known for his revolutionary ideas of...

Saturday, July 4, 2020, 5:17 PM

The RDF military band music is synonymous with the liberation struggle

‘Swag’ is the first thing you notice when you meet Sgt. Maj. Robert Kabera. He got quite famous when he was a sergeant, his stage name being ‘Sergeant Robert’. His swagger is an added value to his rap skills and voice that makes every Liberation day celebrations on...

Saturday, July 4, 2020, 1:53 PM

My mother left me as a toddler to join the liberation struggle, Gwamaka says

Marc J. Gwamaka wears many hats. He is an entrepreneur, peace activist and an educator, so he describes himself. He is also the co-founder of Peace and Love Proclaimers (PLP) which is behind the now popular ‘Walk to Remember’, an annual event that takes place during the Genocide...

Friday, July 3, 2020, 12:00 AM

Kwibohora26: How music influenced the liberation struggle

The Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF-Inkotanyi) launched the liberation struggle on October 1, 1990, with the fighting arm of the party, Rwanda Patriotic Army (RPA), leading the charge to end the 40-year refugee status of many Rwandans who had been denied entry to live in their own country. The role...

Friday, July 3, 2020, 12:00 AM

How can the battle against defilement, rape be won?

Karen Akumuntu was only 13 years old when her paternal aunt ordered her to take food to a man who lived in the house next door. The aunt then forced her to wear skimpy clothing to the man’s house and do all sorts of inappropriate things. She was hesitant to enter the neighbour’s...

Wednesday, July 1, 2020, 12:34 AM

Nel Ngabo gears up for debut album launch

Just a year after Nelson Byusa Rwangabo, aka Nel Ngabo (pictured), started his music career, a debut album is knocking on the door. The 22-year-old rising star has already won hearts of many because of his fine fusion of lyrics and vocals.  Things could even get better for him because he...

Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 12:00 AM

Uwamwezi didn’t let widowhood, health complications break her

Everyone who knows Loy Uwamwezi knows her for the love she has for children. Some even think she had dozens. She lives in Kigali, in Nyarugunga Sector, Kicukiro District. The 64-year-old had four biological children, but she raised a total of 14, excluding many others who did not stay full time...

Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 9:43 AM

Christus Regnat choir gives life advice to the young in new song

LISTEN TO YOUR ELDERS, never forget your roots no matter your status…show kindness to humanity, make more friends, follow the rules and laws in whatever you do. These are some of the key messages in Christus Regnat choir’s new song. The 14-year-old group, one of the renowned Roman...

Monday, June 22, 2020, 11:56 PM

Cross-border trade thrives despite Covid-19 – Minister Gatete

The Minister of Infrastructure Claver Gatete has said that cross border trade is progressing well, despite the measures in place to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. “Trade is going well. In 24 hours, we receive between 400 and 500 cross border trucks at Rusumo border. Sometimes they are more...

Saturday, June 20, 2020, 12:40 AM

Elder abuse: How much do we know?

Rwanda is one of the countries where respecting the elders is ethical. You would hardly find an old woman or man standing on the bus because younger people give out their seats to them. Elders only represent 4.9 per cent of the Rwandan population, and in some cases, they are abused. Sometimes...

Monday, June 15, 2020, 12:00 AM

People living with Albinism grapple with stigma, access to health care

When 43-year-old Andrew Bimenyimana was a young boy, stones were thrown at him by people old enough to know violence is wrong. Not only did they stone him, but they also called him dehumanizing names, and all that was just because he suffered from Albinism. When he graduated...

Monday, June 15, 2020, 12:00 AM

Will the world end child labour by 2025?

Target 8.7 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) calls for a complete end to child labour in all its forms by the year 2025. However, the numbers of victims of child labour could increase, as the UN says that the Covid-19 pandemic crisis could push more millions of vulnerable children...

Friday, June 12, 2020, 11:10 PM

Buravan on his new single ‘Low key’

It’s only been a few days since Yvan Buravan released his latest single, ‘Low key’, and critics are praising it for its energy, distinctive vocals and beats. Although he already won the hearts of many with his sweet melodies, Buravan has now raised the standards of fine music...

Friday, June 12, 2020, 12:00 AM

Are taxi motos ready for cashless payments?

Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) on March 27 issued guidelines for commercial motorcyclists as part of efforts to control the spread of Covid-19. Taxi-moto operators had spent more than 70 days out of service due to covid-19 restrictions. Among the guidelines, motorcyclists and...

Thursday, June 11, 2020, 12:03 AM

How girls managed period poverty during Covid-19 lockdown

Marie Grace Uwiragiye is 17 years old. She lives with her elder sister who takes care of her in Gisozi Sector, Gasabo District. She is one of many girls who cannot afford to buy sanitary pads during their menstrual period. She uses available methods of using kitenge cloths, a common strategy for...

Tuesday, June 9, 2020, 12:50 AM

Nature is sending us clear signals, we need to change our ways – environment minister

The Minister for Environment, Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya, told participants at a webinar, organized in celebration of World Environment Day (WED) that nature is sending signals so that people change their ways. The webinar was held under this year’s theme; Biodiversity: Time for...

Saturday, June 6, 2020, 12:08 AM

WED: What has Rwanda gained from banning use of plastic bags?

Every June 5 is World Environment Day, a day dedicated to global awareness and action to protect the environment. Some people could have been skeptical when the law against the use of non-biodegradable plastic bags was put in place in Rwanda, in 2008, as a way to save the environment....

Thursday, June 4, 2020, 12:36 AM

World Bicycle Day: How cycling can change lives

Jacqueline Tuyishime, who lives in Nyabihu District, is a 21 year-old cyclist who represented Rwanda at the African Continental Road Championships Bahir Dar, Ethiopia last year. It was her second time to represent the country. Tuyishime discovered her passion for cycling while she was in the...

Wednesday, June 3, 2020, 1:55 AM

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