VISION 2025: Crafting the future of cricket in Rwanda

The 2019 Cricket domestic season came to an exciting end a fortnight ago with Charity CC and Challengers CC being crowned champions in the women and men’s first division league, respectively. The year 2019 began with a lot of promise with the Cricket World Cup trophy making a stop-over in...

Saturday, November 23, 2019, 12:38 AM

Tracing the emergence of cricket in a liberated Rwanda

On Sunday, June 23, 2019, Rwanda Cricket Association (RCA) hosted the finale of 6th Genocide Memorial Cricket Tournament at the magnificent Gahanga Cricket Stadium. The event is also known as Kwibuka Women’s T20 Cricket for Peace Tournament. It was early December 2008 when the Rwanda under-...

Thursday, July 4, 2019, 12:00 AM

A Cricket fairytale still being written

The inauguration of the Gahanga Cricket Stadium (GCS) on October 28, 2017 by President Paul Kagame was rightfully acknowledged by all and sundry as the new dawn of Rwanda Cricket. Amidst all the excitement in the gaze of the world’s media, some of us in the kitchen of Rwanda Cricket pondered...

Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 12:00 AM

Dear youth, your ICT dreams are valid!

I first encountered a computer 23 years ago as an unsophisticated albeit curious fifteen-year old. At the time, I was staying with an uncle who had recently returned from the US, having attained a PhD in Economics. Being a nerd of sorts, he was an early adopter of computing. He had one of those...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 12:00 AM

The curious case of South Africa's amnesia

After a rather brief period of euphoria following the power transition in The Gambia, we are back to familiar gloomy news. Reports coming out of South Africa are not good. After an eighty year sustained struggle to overcome minority domination in the form of Apartheid, the majority black South...

Friday, March 3, 2017, 12:00 AM

The leap beyond the post-1994 economic miracle

In a few months (May, to be precise) it will be twelve years since my maternal grandmother passed on.  Madame Appolonia did not have a great deal of formal education; be that as it may, she was disarmingly wise as only people who have lived eventful lives can be. As her eyesight and hearing...

Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 12:00 AM

Rwanda’s forgotten pillar of development

There was a popular joke in the late nineties about Kigali’s richest man being named “Bikonje”. Apparently, a Muganda mechanic on first arriving in Kigali, noticed that every street seemed to be lined with shop-signs reading “Amata na Fanta bikonje”. He figured out...

Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 12:00 AM

In 2017, EAC citizens must take centre stage

2016 was “annus horribilis” for the East African Community (EAC) to borrow a Latin phrase made famous by Queen Elizabeth II, the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom and Great Britain. The highs of 2015 appear to be distant memories today; the easier movement of citizens using IDs,...

Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 12:00 AM

Economic inequality at odds with Agaciro

This week the world’s movers and shakers meet in the Swiss resort town of Davos for the World Economic Forum. As they sip on lattes and mochas, top on the agenda will be an issue that has dogged societies across the globe for centuries. The ever expanding gap between the ‘haves’...

Friday, January 20, 2017, 12:00 AM

A battle between allies

The last few days have had many Kigalians buzzing rather unexpectedly. No January blues here…thank God! Who do we have to thank? A rather surprise pick, the bureaucrats at the mighty City of Kigali. Not to be outdone by the fireworks bonanza at the Kigali Convention Centre, the city...

Saturday, January 14, 2017, 12:00 AM

In the footsteps of giants

A few weeks back, I came across a TEDx video on YouTube by Tai Lopez. The title was extremely intriguing; “Why I read a book everyday (and why you should too)”. I must confess that I really love books and endeavor to read a new book every month. However, the prospect of reading a new...

Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 12:00 AM

Education, innovation and helicopter dreams

This week began in a rather interesting way. On Monday evening while scanning the Rwandan TV channels, I landed on a story of two men from the Northern Province with one dream; to make helicopters. What made the story particularly intriguing is that neither of the two was an aeronautic engineer!...

Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 12:00 AM

Buffalo hunters and Rabbit chasers

The next seven days are dedicated to remembrance. For those who lived through the horrors of April 1994, the courage it takes to endure the commemoratory events across the country is beyond belief. And yet it must be done. As painful as they are, the memories of our dark past need to be preserved...

Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 12:00 AM

Brand Rwanda and its roadside cannibals

I will begin with a confession; I seriously dislike roadside shopping! So what? You may ask. Until recently, this was a non-issue for me as well but things have changed. While my appreciation of Rwanda’s scenic landscape across the countryside is undiminished, it now has to be interrupted by...

Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 12:00 AM

Igniting the SME engine

Last week, yet another set of economic data was released by the Government. This time it was the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR) with numbers indicating the growth within individual sectors and overall GDP growth. Notable growth sectors were agriculture that grew by five per cent...

Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 12:00 AM

The EAC bureaucracy Vs the people

Over the weekend, President Paul Kagame lambasted government officials who spend more time traveling than carrying out tasks for which they were appointed to serve in the Rwandan people’s interests. By specifically pointing to the EAC related travels, the Rwandan President echoed the...

Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 12:00 AM

Rwanda's export challenge

About a month ago, the central bank released data showing the country’s economic performance in 2015. What stood out for most observers, including a concerned select committee of parliamentarians, was the trade deficit. That is, the difference between Rwanda’s expenditure on imports...

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 12:00 AM

Ideas from an eclectic mind; Pursuing the 'Cashless' Dream

In the past few weeks I have continuously come across an interesting ‘hashtag’ on twitter; #Byebyeborodero. The tweets are usually expressions of frustration born out of having to make needless trips to the bank to make small payments for mundane things like traffic fines, local...

Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 12:00 AM

Ideas from an eclectic mind; Artistes starved by economics

Mid last week, I happened to be flipping TV channels when I landed on Rwanda Television’s increasingly popular programme “Debate 411” hosted by Eugene Anangwe. The topic being discussed was the Rwandan music industry and it perceived stunted growth. As I listened to the arguments...

Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 12:00 AM

Ideas from an eclectic mind; A new chapter in politics

This past week was dominated by election talk. The predictably calm Rwandan local leaders’ elections kicked off the carnival of sorts before casting yours truly a confessed news junkie, onto a merry-go-round! From the US party primaries in Iowa and New Hampshire to the Ugandan presidential...

Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 12:00 AM

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