Teenage dreams

Flashing back into my life as a 14-year-old lad, lying in bed with eyes closed as my mind wanders off to a sweet journey to dreamland. I picture a life of paradise and I smile at the thought of a life only punctuated with ease, happiness, love, warmth and little difficulty. As a child I dreamt...

Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 12:00 AM

Teens, AIDS is real

Ever since the discovery of ARVs, I have always held onto the thought that HIV/Aids wasn’t a death sentence anymore. However, after putting to rest an old friend of mine Pius Tumusiime, whom the scourge claimed after a long battle, it occurred to me that my thought was misplaced. On the eve of his...

Tuesday, February 8, 2011, 12:00 AM

I won’t cry!

Life gives me countless reasons to cry, it may do its worst, punch me, give me hard knocks on the head and even sidekicks but not a tear will drop from my eyes. Life takes pride in making me miserable, but I will always manage to mobilize a smile even when it is not natural. Crying is no good, it’...

Tuesday, February 8, 2011, 12:00 AM

The benefits of developing a reading habit

It is not news that the reading culture in Africa is sick and bed ridden; by this I mean Rwanda too is no exception. Our schools emphasise majorly the reading of class work and give little or no attention to the other equally important aspect of general reading or boundary-less reading .Here I...

Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 12:00 AM

Are you shielded from pornography?

At the beginning of this week, I overheard a neighbour narrating to her friends how she entered unannounced into her 10-year-old son’s room and “almost jumped out of her skin” on discovering he was watching a pornographic video. “I was so embarrassed and confused,” she said in a sad and frustrated...

Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 12:00 AM

Criticism

We are all bound to face criticism, no matter our position in life. Whether you are a teacher, doctor, president, athlete or just an ordinary person; as long as you are human, you will be criticized. Criticism is a human instinct and a fact of life, it is inevitable. Therefore, we can only learn...

Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 12:00 AM

What are your personal New Year resolutions?

A new year has just dawned, and this is the time to sweep the past away and start afresh, a time to forgive those who offended or wronged us, a time to break those stubborn (read bad) habits, a time to set new goals and commit ourselves to achieve them. I am not out to lecture you on what you...

Thursday, January 6, 2011, 12:00 AM

Why the craze with foreign music?

I  was greatly disturbed and disappointed the other day after reading an article in the Daily Monitor entertainment news with a headline that screamed, “Rabadaba rocks Rwanda.’ The article went ahead to make it clear that Rabadaba fetched more attention and cheers from the crowd than local...

Tuesday, January 4, 2011, 12:00 AM

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