Umuganura: In the paths of time

“You can wipe out an entire generation, you can burn their homes down to the ground, and somehow they will find their way back. But if you destroy their history, if you destroy their achievements then it’s as if they never existed”, George Clooney. By and large, observance of...

Tuesday, August 29, 2017, 12:00 AM

Public engagement in history

Museums have been a part of human history for over 2000 years starting with a Greek wing as temples built for enlightenment. Today, the museum concept has spread all over the world and captured public attention than ever before. But the question still remains, who “the public” is? And...

Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 12:00 AM

Kwibuka23: Why we must remember

To live in Rwanda after July 1994 meant to live with the consequences of genocide. Twenty three years ago, Rwanda came into the global limelight for a dubious reason in 1994 when it lived a genocide that claimed more than a million lives. In just three months (April-July), under the explicit...

Saturday, April 8, 2017, 12:00 AM

Promote history and museum study visits in schools

David Nkusi The impact of home grown solutions, if not well catered for and imparted into young generations, will soon die in the near future. Rwanda has emerged from scratch and painful past to a progressive economy that has surprised many due to her uniqueness in finding solutions to level...

Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 12:00 AM

Rwanda's dark heritage -Remember and Live on (IBUKA KANDI UBEHO)

Today, there is a growing interest in Rwanda for one reason or the other but the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi is one of the most tragic and difficult heritage lived in the country. In just three months (1994), Rwanda came to limelight due to unimaginable deliberate human destruction under the...

Monday, April 11, 2016, 12:00 AM

KNOW YOUR HISTORY: King Musinga and the bitter history of colonialism

Just a stone throw away from Rusizi (formerly Cyangugu) district lies a historical site that is linked to once exiled King Yuhi V Musinga, who among many, tested the bitter history of colonialism in Rwanda. Musinga, who came to power in 1896 as a young teenager through a coup that overthrew King...

Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 12:00 AM

KNOW YOUR HISTORY: Umuganura, Rwanda's thanksgiving day

The national harvest day was an event that came second to the enthronization of a new king. Big as it was, “Umuganura”– literally “Thanks Giving day” was performed by Rwandans at the beginning of every harvest. It was a very big event in the kingdom as Rwandans...

Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 12:00 AM

Why we need a 'green museum'

Editor, Reference is made to the article, “Environment Day to be marked in Rutsiro” (The New Times, June 4). Our world is troubled today and nature is threatened so often because of the belief that some other people will save it. We should be deeply concerned with the ecological...

Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 12:00 AM

KNOW YOUR HISTORY: Nyanza ya Butare: Rwanda's cultural hub

How much do we know about Nyanza ya Butare? Well, its not too late. Come walk along with me the paths of Rwanda’s cultural hub - Nyanza - formerly referred to as Nyabisindu, a colonial name. Rwanda’s heart and center of cultural enlightenment, Nyanza also once served as the kingdom...

Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 12:00 AM

Heritage and development can easily coexist

Editor, Reference is made to the article, “Minister calls for innovation at national museums” (The New Times, March 25). A heritage site takes into consideration any type of past legacy, whether a building, landscape, collection or buried remains. It includes archeology, architecture...

Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 12:00 AM

YOUR HISTORY: Value of the drum

History, whether good or bad, depicts our past heritage. Rwanda’s success stories through expansions under monarchical rule had strength and weaknesses as well. The country always fought very had to retain the royal drum during these wars of expansion. In my last article, I focused on two...

Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 12:00 AM

The historical significance of Mulindi museum

Editor, When theRPF/A took up arms and eventually liberated the country, the objective was not merely to capture power and relax. The idea was to fully liberate Rwandans in and outside the country. This, I must say, was a turning point in the history of Rwanda and to the outside world. Many more...

Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 12:00 AM

Promote culture through tourism

​Editor, The role of culture and heritage has been the subject of debate over the last two decades.  There is this new experience in tourism industry that demands the past to be packaged for public consumption. The commoditisation and marketing of the past and heritage as an experience to...

Friday, December 19, 2014, 12:00 AM

Value of the drum

History, whether good or bad, depicts our past heritage. Rwanda’s success stories through expansions under monarchical rule had strength and weaknesses as well. The country always fought very had to retain the royal drum during these wars of expansion. In my last article, I focused on two...

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 12:00 AM

Nyanza ya Butare: Rwanda's cultural hub

How much do we know about Nyanza ya Butare? Well, its not too late. Come walk along with me the paths of Rwanda’s cultural hub — Nyanza — formerly referred to as Nyabisindu, a colonial name. Rwanda’s heart and center of cultural enlightenment, Nyanza also once served as the...

Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 12:00 AM

KNOW YOUR HISTORY: Tracing the birth of Rwanda's royal drums

Rwanda, like other countries in Africa and in Europe ruled by traditional monarchies had a variety of objects with ritual and historical value kept at the court of the king. These included among others; the squad, hammers, drums, spears and animal portraits to mention but a few. In Rwanda, apart...

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 12:00 AM

Welcome to Ryamurari, capital of Ndorwa

Ryamurari is one of prominent archaeological sites in the Great Lakes region. This feature remains famous in both archeology and oral traditions of the Rwandan culture. Ryamurari site is located in Bufunda Village, Bufunda Cell, Mukama Sector in Nyagatare District. The feature is located on top of...

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 12:00 AM

More should be done to preserve our heritage

Editor, Rwanda has got a great potential to revive this forgotten resource-heritage tourism through these wide range of heritage sites that are a testimony to our country’s rich history that visitors can experience the legacy, if well managed and protected. Most of these heritage sites and...

Friday, November 14, 2014, 12:00 AM

Ever heard about Urutare rwa Ngarama?

Rwanda has a considerable number of attractive heritage sites and structures, some dating back more than 50 years. And one of these is “Urutare Rwa Ngarama” in the eastern province? Well, if you haven’t it is not too late. “Urutare rwa Ngarama” is a cultural site...

Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 12:00 AM

Inside Mutara III Rudahigwa's resting camp in Rebero

In the Eastern Province district of Nyagatare, Mimuri sector in Rebero village is a cluster of houses—three of them circular and the other two built in quadrilateral shape with two parallel sides. The houses built with metal sheets, were constructed by King Mutara III Rudahigwa in the late 1940’s...

Sunday, October 5, 2014, 12:00 AM