A Westerner’s guide to writing an op-ed on Rwanda’s development

Before you set off to Rwanda from your regional bureau in Nairobi or Johannesburg, be sure to send a note to your editor in London or New York emphasising the importance of your mission. You could propose: “I am going on a mission to Rwanda where there’s a tremendous opportunity to...

Tuesday, August 27, 2019, 12:00 AM

How not to be ignorant about Rwanda

Hans Rosling,the Swedish medical doctor, statistician and global health expert – before his passing – frequently wrote and talked about a range of misconceptions that most of us hold and are reluctant to let go. Whether it is grouping together all African nations as corrupt,...

Monday, August 20, 2018, 12:17 AM

2017 elections: choose wisely – it takes longer to create than to destroy

Protecting what this country has achieved so far in economic terms when compared to the state of affairs two decades ago; maintaining peace and security that all Rwandans enjoy - both of which are the envy of the continent; upholding the newfound sense of dignity that twenty years ago would have...

Thursday, June 29, 2017, 12:00 AM

Young people cannot be a generation of ‘ba ntibindeba’

It is a topic I keep coming back to time and again: in a world full of social, economic, and political challenges that transcend age, it is increasingly apparent that young people must step up to the plate and become part of new and diverse perspectives needed to resolve urgent issues affecting us...

Friday, June 23, 2017, 12:00 AM

A competent media isn’t made by just skilled journalists

At the risk of being accused of showing far too much leniency towards Rwanda’s media houses, I want to suggest that the current underwhelming state of our media as agents of the flow of information, interpreters of public policy, and overseers of all matters of public interest, goes beyond...

Thursday, June 8, 2017, 12:00 AM

Affordable housing: Is price the only factor?

It is not a secret that we need to build more homes in Rwanda. In fact, if we want young families to have a chance of a home of their own, then we need to build more homes in the right locations and at an affordable price. But, is the issue as simple as affordability as some people have claimed,...

Thursday, May 25, 2017, 12:00 AM

How well has the Fairtrade movement done?

Today, in London, like in many other parts of the West, if you want to top up on polyphenolic antioxidants or simply add some Vitamin C in your body, Fairtrade products such as fresh coffee and fresh bananas are some of the products widely available on the market to cater to your needs. In fact,...

Thursday, May 18, 2017, 12:00 AM

Africa has vast agricultural potential – so why are we due to import $110b worth of food annually by 2025?

The African continent has the potential to feed itself and even have surplus food to export to other parts of the world. But instead, the continent imports $35 billion worth of food and agricultural products every year, and if the current predictions hold, the import bill will rise to $110 billion...

Thursday, April 27, 2017, 12:00 AM

The future: if you are good enough, you are old enough

There is hardly a moment you can talk about the future without mentioning a population cohort likely to live in that timeframe; the youth. And as the future of any nation tends to rest in the hands of its youth, nurturing and supporting these important members of society to become responsible...

Thursday, April 20, 2017, 12:00 AM

Freedom of speech should not be used as vehicle to insult

British lawmaker and Professor of Political Philosophy, Lord Bhikhu Parekh, once wrote: “Although free speech is an important value, it is not the only one. Human dignity, equality, freedom to live without harassment and intimidation, social harmony, mutual respect, and protection of one...

Thursday, April 13, 2017, 12:00 AM

Kwibuka23: It is our history, let’s continue to learn from it

The events of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi cannot, and should not, be consigned to history. This is not just because the remembrance period presents us with an opportunity to honour memories of those who died and offer support to those who survived, it is also because consigning such...

Friday, April 7, 2017, 12:00 AM

No Africans allowed at trade summit on Africa!

I am always encouraged to read about Africans making trips around the world to do business. For me, this signifies a fundamental shift from the usual world of aid handouts by developed nations, to a world of trade negotiations, business deals, equal partnerships, and so on. Which is why, a few...

Thursday, March 30, 2017, 12:00 AM

Being an elected official is a privilege that requires full-time commitment

Did you know that in the United Kingdom you could be a Member of Parliament (MP), be a paid speaker for an international lecture agency, be a paid advisor for a global investment management corporation, chair a public-private partnership organisation, be a fellow at a think-tank, and also take on a...

Thursday, March 23, 2017, 12:00 AM

The night-time economy: can we talk about Kigali's nightlife?

As Rwanda’s capital, Kigali is consistently recognised as one of the cleanest, most secure and orderly cities in Africa. In fact, aside from smooth roads, functioning traffic lights, well-lit streets, and neatly presented pavements, Kigali has frequently been recognised on the world stage as...

Friday, March 10, 2017, 12:00 AM

Umwiherero 2017: Galvanising a sense of urgency

Imagine that an average saloon car has been jacked up front and rear, and you are chosen to hire and lead a team tasked to successfully change all four tyres in as little time as possible. How long do you think it would take your team to accomplish the task, and how many people would you hire?...

Thursday, March 2, 2017, 12:00 AM

Presidential elections: you have the power to hire, use it wisely

When regular people like you and I apply for a job, employers will look at our curriculum vitae and assess whether we possess relevant working experience or qualifications to warrant a call for an interview. They do so out of self-interest: if we are going to trust someone to manage the entire...

Friday, February 17, 2017, 12:00 AM

Petty graft is at an all-time low, but what about grand corruption?

If I were to mention corruption, most people would picture a police officer receiving a bribe to let off a traffic offender. Others would picture an executive secretary of a sector somewhere in the countryside receiving a bribe to favour someone for one reason or another. But while it is true that...

Thursday, February 9, 2017, 12:00 AM

Carrying on with the legacy

Yesterday, Rwandans across the world celebrated Heroes Day - a day when we take time off to give thanks and praise to our heroes, particularly to those who fought for our freedom against tyranny so that our generation and generations to come can live in a nation that gives each one of us equal...

Thursday, February 2, 2017, 12:00 AM

In the era of Trump and Brexit, Africa needs one assertive voice

“We will follow two simple rules: buy American and hire American,”  emphasised President Donald Trump at the inauguration of his presidency on January 20. This declaration is a follow-up to his campaign rhetoric that it is time for America to stop engaging in deals that do not...

Thursday, January 26, 2017, 12:00 AM

City of Kigali should have a conversation with banks

When most people start an SME, whether or not it is based at home, in a residential neighbourhood, or in a commercial premise, it is safe to say that majority do so after weighing the pros and cons of each location he considers to host the business. The final decision, one can therefore reasonably...

Thursday, January 12, 2017, 12:00 AM