Allan Brian Ssenyonga

Tour du Rwanda stars should now give us mega sports icons

The English Premier League resumed and of course a lot of the new interest will be around the fact that one of the biggest teams will be beckoning people to Visit Rwanda. A video of Rwandan Intore dancers in a flash mob dance as the Arsenal first team lads were training quickly went viral...

Sunday, August 12, 2018, 12:55 AM

Umuganura and the place for our traditional foods in this age

Public holidays are loved by many a salaried worker. For those in Rwanda, the law that allows public holidays falling on weekends to be carried over to Monday was a huge blessing. Several long weekends are now more of a possibility than before. This weekend was one of such with Friday being the...

Saturday, August 4, 2018, 11:58 PM

For endangered wildlife every single life matters

The East African Community has been blessed by nature as a concentration of some of the best wildlife this planet has to offer. The elephants grazing majestically together with tall giraffes (I actually don’t know of a short giraffe) as the gazelles jump around trying to avoid being part of...

Saturday, July 28, 2018, 11:22 PM

The air-race is on but the smart ones are mining the miners

The best news that we have been treated to in recent days is not how ‘African’ the French win of the World cup but the thawing of relations between Ethiopian and Eritrea. Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister is currently hogging all the good headline sections in the press that were...

Sunday, July 22, 2018, 12:26 AM

The crucial World Cup lesson on picking up after ourselves

As you read this, the most popular sporting event, the FIFA World Cup will be coming to an end today with the final between France and Croatia. Of all spectator sports, football continues to be at the top of the table and the World Cup that comes around once in four years has always been a huge...

Saturday, July 14, 2018, 11:51 PM

Woes of being an African football fan during the World Cup

There is no doubt that many of the people who occupy this lovely landmass called Africa are crazy about football. It is not because we are as good at it as the Indians are at cricket. In our case, it is largely because it is one of the cheapest games we can indulge in. Once we have some space and...

Sunday, July 1, 2018, 12:53 AM

Cultural and musical festivals tick the right tourism boxes

As most of us were basking in the joy of a victorious Nigeria against the much loved Iceland, my friend Tusiime Samson (fondly known as Samwiri) sent out an interesting tweet. He tweeted; “Let Nigeria’s win not blind you from the fact that high end and mid-tier hotels are all...

Saturday, June 23, 2018, 11:47 PM

We may not be hosts soon but we can take notes

Just before the World Cup kicked off in Russia, FIFA announced that the 2026 edition of the games will be hosted by three countries; Canada, USA and Mexico. The World Cup has always been hosted by one country save for the time South Korea and Japan hosted it in 2002. The 2026 edition will be...

Sunday, June 17, 2018, 1:41 AM

Here is something young people need to hear more often

One of the least articulated aspects of the deal between Arsenal FC and Rwanda Development Board is the bit where Rwanda is to host training clinics where coaches from Arsenal will pass on some technical skills to the young players and officials in Rwanda. A lot of airtime has gone into what...

Sunday, June 10, 2018, 12:35 AM

Only noise that matters is the one the gorillas are making

The announcement that English Premier League club, Arsenal FC had entered a partnership with Rwanda really rubbed some people the wrong way. They threw all caution to the wind and went native on Rwanda for making such an investment. Apparently, because Rwanda receives aid for one reason or another...

Sunday, June 3, 2018, 5:00 AM

Visit Rwanda on Arsenal sleeves is such a shot in the arm

Thanks to globalisation and technology, we no longer just consume news but what is trending. When a news story is trending, it finds you; you don’t find it. It will be covered by the big global news channels, the local ones, and of course it will be all over social media. You will get it...

Sunday, May 27, 2018, 5:38 AM

The ‘apps’ and downs of public transport in the EAC region

Transport in East Africa is one of the topics that attract my interest easily. This is mainly because movement of people and goods has always been one of the core pillars of the whole East African integration agenda pushed by our leaders. I am sure you have noted the glamour each time any of them...

Sunday, May 20, 2018, 2:08 AM

Mother nature is a deadly foe, we must be better prepared

Some of us grew up in times when children were made of tougher fibres. When the season for the rains came around we rejoiced a little. We enjoyed playing in the rain until we were not only totally soaked, we were also guaranteed of a good spanking from our parents. Other times we stayed dry and...

Sunday, May 13, 2018, 12:16 AM

East Africa sinks under water as wild animals fall prey to humans

East Africa is going through a rather trying time going by some of the things that have caught my attention lately. For starters the rains seem to be beating us so hard. Floods seem to be everywhere cutting off roads and washing away homes and property. In Rwanda the disaster ministry has recorded...

Sunday, May 6, 2018, 12:00 AM

On The Royal Tour, the President showed us how it is done

The Royal Tour documentary by PBS’s Peter Greenberg that features President Paul Kagame as an amiable and knowledgeable tour guide is arguably the best thing that Rwandans and friends of Rwanda may have watched in the recent past. The trailer to the documentary had nearly everyone so anxious...

Sunday, April 29, 2018, 12:41 AM

CHOGM is coming to Kigali and so is Mike Sonko

As a cool drizzle wetted the streets of Kigali during the evening rush hour, news trickled in that the British Prime Minister, Theresa May had announced that Rwanda will host the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting commonly referred to by its acronym, CHOGM. The light chats around cold...

Sunday, April 22, 2018, 12:52 AM

Would lives have mattered if ‘chemical weapons’ were used?

Imran Garda is a journalist currently based in Istanbul, Turkey. He is one of the first people I followed on Twitter not so much for his journalism but for his witty tweets that he often delivers in a very brief manner that I imagine he barely ever has to look at the character count when typing...

Sunday, April 15, 2018, 1:08 AM

Kwibuka 24: What are our stories and who is telling them?

24 years ago, the country that is now known for clean streets and mountain gorillas descended into a dark hole of savagery. The government of the day together with its supporters both local and international pulled off the worst Genocide (not that we should even be comparing) ever witnessed. The...

Sunday, April 8, 2018, 1:46 AM

Easter time and the changing perceptions around us

I will start by wishing you who is reading this, happy Easter holidays. There is something about these Christian holidays that one could say show a sign of greed when it comes to staying away from work. At my mature age I still have no real clue as to why after celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ...

Sunday, April 1, 2018, 12:00 AM

When Kigali stood still it was easy to see why it works

This past week was a really interesting time for one to be in Kigali. It was a time when so much seemed to be happening and yet a lot also seemed not to be working. There have been times when the city felt frozen like this but this time was quite different in many ways. The last time it felt close...

Sunday, March 25, 2018, 12:00 AM

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