Fashion is about loving yourself, says Uwimbabazi

Odile Uwimbabazi is a filmmaker and the vice president of Cine femme-Rwanda.  Cine Femme is a local organisation that equips Rwandan women with skills to reach their full potential in filmmaking.  The 28-year-old spoke to Society Magazine’s Doreen Umutesi about weight issues and...

Friday, August 22, 2014, 12:00 AM

The era of Kitenge shoes

BET YOU never thought there would be a day when shoes were made with African fabric, did you? After looking at the Kitenge being the in-thing for bridesmaid dresses, another trend involving the catchy material is African print shoes.  Shoe makers are creating footwear that is covered with...

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 12:00 AM

Social media: Should there be a limit to what journalists post? (Yes, to maintain a neutral viewpoint)

It’s a cardinal rule; journalists should not reveal their views on political or social issues because that puts their credibility at stake. Therefore I don’t think that this rule should be tampered with in the name of social media.  A limit to what a journalist posts on social...

Saturday, August 16, 2014, 12:00 AM

Feel good about yourself and you will look beautiful – Tumukunde

Jackline Tumukunde is the marketing manager of the National Museums of Rwanda and part time employee with marketing agency I Blue Concepts as the head of client services. She lives for the trendy stuff. To her, it’s not just about comfort; you have to feel good about an outfit. The 23-year-...

Saturday, August 16, 2014, 12:00 AM

Kitenge: The in thing for bridesmaid dresses

Although it is popular that most bridesmaids’ dresses in Kigali are for hire, these days, the bride gives her bridesmaids the option of making their own outfit with similar designs as long as the colour doesn’t clash with the wedding theme colours.  If one is to attend a wedding...

Thursday, August 14, 2014, 12:00 AM

The pacesetters; and they’re only in their 20s

WE ARE way past the era when young women were told that the epitome of happiness and success was marriage and that a woman’s sole place in society was in the kitchen. Ridiculous notions of girls getting an education were only whispered and dreams of girls growing up to be doctors and lawyers...

Thursday, August 14, 2014, 12:00 AM

Girls acquire ICT skills to solve community problems

Sixty female students from twelve secondary schools across the country have been trained in basic computer skills, photography, digital media, programming, and research methods.  The seven-day training that kicked off last week at the Northern Province’s Groupe Scolaire Janja in Gakenke...

Saturday, August 9, 2014, 12:00 AM

Should music containing violent lyrics be banned? (It corrupts societal values )

I am all for freedom of expression; however, I will not stand beside anyone who thinks that music containing lyrics that glorify violence and criminal lifestyles is nothing to worry about.  If we can advocate for the ban on pornographic content, why not also use the same enthusiasm to abolish...

Friday, August 8, 2014, 12:00 AM

You can tell a man’s class from his shoes, says Uwimana

Karaoke host and band member, Jane Uwimana, produced her first single My New Love in high school and followed it with Niririmbire. Both songs hit the airwaves in 2008. Karaoke, being trendy in Kigali, has broadened her fan base as she gets to sing for her patrons their favourite songs. Uwimana...

Friday, August 8, 2014, 12:00 AM

Meet the new female faces in cabinet

LAST WEEK, a new cabinet was sworn in after Anastase Murekezi was appointed new Prime Minister. Although women generally constitute 34% of the new cabinet, three of them are making it to cabinet for the first time. They include Judith Uwizeye, Minister of Public Service and Labour, Geraldine...

Friday, August 1, 2014, 12:00 AM

Turn heads for the right reason – Uwizeyimana

MARIE Louise Uwizeyimana, an editor at Intego, a Kinyarwanda newspaper, won the journalist of the year award in 2013. The recently elected second vice chairman of the Rwanda Journalist Association spoke to Doreen Umutesi about decent dressing and how her line of work influences her style. How...

Friday, August 1, 2014, 12:00 AM

Meet the new female faces in cabinet

LAST WEEK, a new cabinet was sworn in after Anastase Murekezi was appointed new Prime Minister. Although women generally constitute 34% of the new cabinet, three of them are making it to cabinet for the first time. They include Judith Uwizeye, Minister of Public Service and Labour, ...

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 12:00 AM

Who is to blame for the unkempt school going child? (Teachers, because they are the parents at school)

THIS debate takes me back to my pre-primary days when teacher Jane (we called her auntie Jane) used to parade us and check our finger nails. She would check our teeth, and even under garments.  I remember every time I wore new knickers, I would walk to her desk and lift my dress to show her...

Friday, July 25, 2014, 12:00 AM

Look gorgeous for every occasion - AZ

Ezres Anitah Shitinyu is a web and graphics designer by profession. But she is also a fashion enthusiast who makes jewellery and other fashion accessories. She is also into events management.  Shitinyu, also known as AZ to her friends and colleagues, spoke to Society Magazine’s Doreen...

Friday, July 25, 2014, 12:00 AM

Cervical cancer: Why are women shunning the pap smear?

“A PAP smear, No thanks,” says 26-year-old Mary Kaitesi. It’s the same response when I ask 20-year-old Rose, a university student.  The rate at which  young girls are shunning the Pap smear test is worrying.  Yet it is a harmless test that could save many from...

Thursday, July 24, 2014, 12:00 AM

Wear clothes that compliment your body - Rugege

NALELI Rugege is the founder of The Marion in Kigali, a fashion house that mostly deals in trendy outfits made from African fabric.  Rugege graduated from Durban University of Technology in South Africa where she specialised in African illustrations and design.  In an interview with...

Friday, July 18, 2014, 12:00 AM

Facial hair: The nightmare dreaded by every woman

A SMOOTH skin is every woman’s dream. But what do you do if this dream eludes you and worse still if you find yourself with pronounced facial hair yet you are a woman.   Take Agatha Komukama for example; for as long as she can remember, the little beard on her chin has always gotten her...

Thursday, July 17, 2014, 12:00 AM

Weddings: Would you hire an MC or use a family friend?(An emcee would be disastrous )

I WOULD rather hire a friend to be the emcee at my wedding than pay for a professional. I understand the need for jokes to entertain the guests but at times, it is important to connect with the people whose occasion you are emceeing at. Besides, I am sure I have some friends who won’t act as...

Friday, July 11, 2014, 12:00 AM

Keep it simple and comfy - Kwizera

CHRISTELLE Kwizera was recently selected to represent Rwanda as the 2014 Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa (MILEAD) Fellow.  MILEAD is a long-term leadership development fellowship programme designed to identify, develop and promote emerging young African women leaders...

Friday, July 11, 2014, 12:00 AM

How widows of the liberation have soldiered on

ON OCTOBER 1 1990, Appolline Kaburame woke up to a day that turned out to be the last time she would see her husband alive.  On that day her husband Joseph Kaburame, walked out of the house to begin a journey of no return.  He joined the Rwandan Patriotic Army (RPA) which had launched a...

Thursday, July 10, 2014, 12:00 AM

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