Allan Brian Ssenyonga

The hospitality sector should be ready to reap big this year

2019 arrived with some spectacular fireworks in Kigali. Some great photos of the fireworks at the Kigali Convention Centre shot from the vantage point at Kigali Heights really turned out so beautifully and as expected, did the rounds on social media. With time, my excitement about the New...

Sunday, January 6, 2019, 12:32 AM

Will the skies redeem the EAC spirit in the coming year?

2018 has eventually come to an end and if you have made it this far and even reading this then you can celebrate a bit as we move into the New Year. The year has seen a lot of the progress that East Africa as a region has achieved over the years being put to test and in some cases eroded. The...

Sunday, December 30, 2018, 2:10 AM

The festive season exodus and the gifts you can carry

It is that time of the year when the rat race slows down for many of us. The days of waking up before the sun can show up and logging out of computers when it is no longer good for your health are put behind as people celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and the turn of a new year. Those with...

Sunday, December 23, 2018, 12:14 AM

Why are we not marketing and exporting Luffa sponges already?

A random Google search of the phrase “Luffa sponge” came up with over 633,000 results! The results including how to grow your loofah sponge (there seems to be no agreement on the spelling), how luffa sponges are made, and harvesting to make a luffa sponge. Some are YouTube videos...

Saturday, December 15, 2018, 11:33 PM

City transport and the debate on who should walk to the CBD

This past week has been really interesting for me. I mean it is the week that had the Made in Rwanda Expo where you always get to discover cool new stuff being made in the country. It was also the week of the Kigali Job Fair that is organised by the City of Kigali through its employment...

Sunday, December 9, 2018, 1:06 AM

December could do with some more caution and regulation

The month of December is finally here and we can all safely say we can see 2019 on the horizon. Every year starts with many laying out plans on what they intend to work on and archive. Some of the goals are common like going back to the gym or simply working harder to earn just a little more...

Saturday, December 1, 2018, 10:01 PM

It is good that Kigali’s new zebra crossings got us talking

There was a week-long road safety campaign in Rwanda aimed at further reminding road users that roads are essentially built to make it easy for us to  move from one place to another and not from this life to another. Road accidents claim so many lives and indeed traffic police departments...

Saturday, November 24, 2018, 9:55 PM

Public transport reforms should not be mere ‘operations’

Public transport remains one of the biggest challenges in many of our developing countries. The low levels of development mean that in many cases public transport remains quite haphazard. Things like underground passenger trains are still only seen in movies and in some places the operators...

Saturday, November 17, 2018, 10:03 PM

Kigali hotels are starting to fill up after a tough spell

A decade ago, almost all the photos of big events from Kigali had something similar. The carpet on the floor was always that of Kigali Serena Hotel (formerly Intercontinental). Serena was the only decent place that big events graced by the President and other top officials, could be held. One...

Saturday, November 10, 2018, 10:43 PM

Let us be smart and guarded throughout the education journey

I took a quick look at the official Twitter handle for the University of Rwanda and the first thing I noticed were the smiling faces of recent graduates. The five of them that appeared on the background picture were three ladies and two gentlemen, all well-dressed if I can add. This was of...

Saturday, November 3, 2018, 9:59 PM

What is a cabinet today if it is not gender balanced?

Saturday started off with the good news that Tanzania’s billionaire, Mohammed Dewji who had been kidnapped more than a week ago had been found after his captors dumped him at the Gymkhana grounds in Dar es Salaam. The news reports did not give any more details but all is well that ends well...

Saturday, October 20, 2018, 11:08 PM

There must be deliberate efforts to make our roads safer

Rwandans all over the world entered the weekend mood with some worthy news to celebrate. The moment news came in that the country’s amiable Foreign Affairs Minister, Louise Mushikiwabo had been unanimously declared as the new Secretary General of La Francophonie, the various social media...

Sunday, October 14, 2018, 12:10 AM

Strategic infrastructure is what East African tourism needs to thrive

For the last few days, I have been a guest of the wonderful people at Kenya Tourism Board. As a regional travel writer, I have been accorded the opportunity to work with different tourism boards in the region and I must say this has opened my eyes to the vast potential of the tourism sector in...

Saturday, October 6, 2018, 11:45 PM

Innovations and digital adaption will remain the hinges of tourism

There is no longer a debate as to whether tourism is a significant aspect of the development story of many countries around the world. It is one of the few industries that almost every country in the world invests heavily in. Developing countries blessed by some of the most spectacular animal and...

Sunday, September 30, 2018, 1:31 AM

MV Nyerere capsized, scores died but we all know this sad song

These days many of us experience the beauty of technology through the smart phones that we hold. For the music lovers the scenario where you heard a song and recognised it but could not seem to recall the title or the singer is quite a common one. The ones with good memories ease through the...

Sunday, September 23, 2018, 1:16 AM

Hacking the future by understanding young people and tourism

The folks that work in various tourism boards across East Africa and Africa in general spend hot afternoons grappling with a host of challenges. Some are tasked with growing the number of visitors to countries that churn out so much bad news on the political front while others are troubled by...

Sunday, September 16, 2018, 12:25 AM

Nothing like too much awareness when it comes to tourism

We are at an interesting time, a time when tourism continues to be a major sector on which most of the economies of the region are anchored on. It is also the information age where thanks to technologies like the internet, we are swimming in too much information whose volume and access only gets...

Sunday, September 9, 2018, 12:07 AM

Huye needs its old hue so as to harness a worthy identity

For a long time my understanding of Rwanda was limited to just Kigali and its environs. Outside Kigali I could only recognise the road to Gatuna border post for quite obvious reasons. Then I ventured into new work environments that allowed me to travel a bit and see more of this beautiful...

Sunday, September 2, 2018, 12:44 AM

It’s impossible to address unemployment while ignoring arts

Education is clearly one of the most pivotal sectors in the development of any country. And yet it is one that many struggle with. This struggle does cut across the whole world largely because we live in a dynamic world with so many changes that quickly present new challenges for policy makers...

Sunday, August 26, 2018, 2:32 AM

Cycling is now in the veins of Rwandans and in a good way

Just before the very popular English Premier League kicked off, something strange happened to me. It was late in the night and I was out having fun with friends in one of the bars here in Kigali. Just as I was about to retire for the night, I was suddenly thrust into a position of resourcefulness....

Saturday, August 18, 2018, 11:41 PM

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