Allan Brian Ssenyonga

Binyavanga’s legacy will always touch on how we package Africa

Just before I sat to write this column, I saw a tweet by a government official that served to remind or better still, inform me that Saturday 25th May is also known as Africa Day. Like we do these days, I asked Google about this day and quickly learnt that this day used to be referred to as...

Sunday, May 26, 2019, 12:00 AM

We have to get the basics right when building digital economies

Once again, Rwanda organised and hosted another successful, Transform Africa Summit. It is clear that people involved in organising the events keep getting better at it and it was a surprise when I overheard some guests from West Africa expressing their satisfaction with the smooth process they...

Sunday, May 19, 2019, 12:11 AM

Digital transformation as viewed from the phones in our hands

Starting from the 14th day of May to the 17th, people from around the world, but primarily from Africa will gather here in Kigali for yet another Transform Africa Summit. This year’s event will run under the theme, “Boosting Africa’s Digital Economy.” Over 4,000...

Sunday, May 12, 2019, 1:14 AM

Dr Reginald Mengi built more than just a media empire

The world is still digesting the news that the international athletics body is considering banning one of Africa’s top athletes from competing again unless she takes drugs to lower her testosterone levels. The reigning women’s 800meter champion, Caster MokgadiSemenya lost an appeal to...

Sunday, May 5, 2019, 12:43 AM

There’s a lot to reflect on as Labour Day approaches

The rains are finally here all over East Africa and even more. Probably for the first time in my lifetime words like cyclone are being used in reference to East Africa. There was talk of cyclone Kenneth heading for the Tanzanian coast with potential to wreak havoc, almost similar to what...

Sunday, April 28, 2019, 1:19 AM

Why we should quit lamenting about Jumia or Notre-Dame

There are weeks when the news wheel is spinning so fast that many items fall off even before we can finish hearing the introductory bit of the story. These past few days have felt just like that. The sports scene had the explosive football at the European Champions League level that was only...

Sunday, April 21, 2019, 1:57 AM

We need to be relentless in explaining history of the genocide

We are currently living in a much more digitised world than ever before. It is almost safe to say that if something is not shared online and often instantly then it did not happen. This thing called the internet is so full of new information being uploaded at speeds that would even shock the...

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 11:38 PM

Kwibuka25 and the futility of denying the Genocide against the Tutsi

Generation X, generation Y, the young generation, the new generation, for generations to come and many such phrases often spring up as we go along with our lives. The word generation is one we come across many a time and this leaves us wondering how long a generation really is. The answers to this...

Sunday, April 7, 2019, 3:54 AM

New dawn in DR Congo could do with a more organised EAC

I hope by now we have all gotten a chance to experience that tantalising scent when some rain falls on dry soil: Petrichor is the word for it. For a while now the cries about the heat had grown into a huge regional chorus. The rains have finally showed up and the dry soil has been trying to...

Sunday, March 31, 2019, 1:45 AM

Lessons from Amsterdam on keeping tourism respectful 

The launch of the Kigali City Tour Bus happened at a time the rain decided it was time to cool down the temperatures of Kigali. This made those in other regional cities still dealing with the scorching sun a little envious. Maybe the smiling Buddha did the magic for Kigali first. Like most...

Sunday, March 24, 2019, 12:52 AM

After a quiet disappearance, sightseeing buses are back in Kigali

This past week has been so gloomy that I struggled to find something to cheer me up as I went through it. The fatal Ethiopian Airlines plane crash hit so hard with the dead coming from 32 different countries. Air transport remains the safest means to travel but when such incidents occur we are...

Sunday, March 17, 2019, 12:00 AM

The media is best placed to lead the #BalanceForBetter campaign

This year’s International Women’s Day was celebrated around the world under the theme #BalanceForBetter. It is important to note that it was not written as previous themes that would have a phrase with quotation marks. A few years back it would have been “Balance For Better...

Sunday, March 10, 2019, 12:00 AM

Tour du Rwanda will always be a huge blessing for Rwanda’s tourism

I have often pointed out that I am not a very keen sports fan. I don’t put my weekends aside to put my blood pressure on the line for games being played and broadcast on TV. And you will hardly ever find me wearing a sports jersey to show my strong attachment to a given sports entity. However...

Sunday, March 3, 2019, 12:36 AM

Isn’t “African time” just euphemism for poor planning and disrespect?

Recently,Japan’s Olympics minister had to apologise after arriving 3 minutes late to a parliamentary meeting. Some of the members of parliament were so disturbed that they boycotted the meeting for a whole 5 hours in protest. Based on this, BBC Africa asked the question, how important is...

Sunday, February 24, 2019, 12:24 AM

The ‘Marsabit treat’ is a good dish for out-of-touch leaders

The leadership challenge in this part of the world is indeed an open secret. By the time of writing this, the general election in Nigeria had just been postponed by a week. I dread to think about the impact of such a decision given how much preparation and planning comes with such political moments...

Saturday, February 16, 2019, 11:44 PM

Tourism marketing plans cannot work without proper research

At the end of his book, “Confessions of an Advertising Man”, David Ogilvy lists a few isms that include: “We prefer the discipline of knowledge to the anarchy of ignorance.” Yes I have been reading this page turner of a book and learning quite a few things. It is...

Sunday, February 10, 2019, 12:55 AM

We can only solve problems by first admitting they exist

The East African Community Heads of Summit eventually happened and at the moment Rwanda holds the leadership of the East African Community (EAC), the African Union (AU) and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF). It is not a coincidence that Rwanda is now in a position to...

Saturday, February 2, 2019, 11:57 PM

I am enjoying the noise about education in the region

In this era of information overflow there is simply a lot that one may not know. For example, I only got to know on January 24, 2019 that January 24, 2019 was the International Day of Education. Almost every day is an “International or world day” of something. For those that are not...

Sunday, January 27, 2019, 12:15 AM

Riverside attack revealed a much more prepared victim in Kenya

Five years after the deadly Westgate Mall terrorist attack in Nairobi, we were suddenly thrust back in time when news filtered in that there was an explosion and gunshots at 14 Riverside, Westlands Nairobi. The worrying sense of déjà vu engulfed the air the moment it became clear that a terrorist...

Sunday, January 20, 2019, 12:27 AM

Looking to DR Congo for things to smile about this January

I think it’s now safe to say that we have reached that point of the year where the sound of the phrase “Happy New Year” ceases to tickle our ears the right way. We are at the point where we even start questioning what is really making us happy at this point in time. After...

Sunday, January 13, 2019, 12:21 AM