The sky should not be the limit for Africans

If the just-concluded African Union Summit held in Kigali proves anything, it is that Africans are more than capable of sorting out our own problems without the need to continuously draw in sympathisers, the-know-it-all, and opportunists. At the Summit, it was evident that our leaders appeared to...

Thursday, July 21, 2016, 12:00 AM

Is the AU passport a sign of good things ahead?

No, you aren’t dreaming – but please don’t take this to the bank just yet –as a citizen of one of African Union’s (AU) 54 member states, soon you will be able to pack your bags and travel visa-free between member states, all thanks to the much anticipated African Union...

Thursday, July 14, 2016, 12:00 AM

War on genocide ideology: Hope for better tomorrow

I never thought that there would come a time when I would speak about the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and commence with the following words: I am so glad to be here today! But, that’s exactly what I said this week on 5th July when I accompanied several survivors of the Genocide from...

Thursday, July 7, 2016, 12:00 AM

Brexit: the hijacking of a working-class revolt

It has been a week since British citizens voted 52 % to 48 % in favour of leaving the European Union. But, make no mistake, this was never a referendum about Europe, this was a revolt by the working-class against a political establishment, which God knows for how long, has been dominated by an...

Thursday, June 30, 2016, 12:00 AM

Mass migration to Europe is for more than just economic reasons

On Monday June 20, the world marked World Refugee Day. It was a day we were reminded that because of violence dotted around many parts of the world; hundreds of families are each day forced to flee their homes in search of a safe and peaceful place. You don’t have to look far – the...

Thursday, June 23, 2016, 12:00 AM

Why recovering nations must prioritise security, economy

If we could have it all at once we would: a safe and secure environment that puts our minds at ease, an economy that satisfies my needs the same way it does for the next man, a democratic environment where active participation of the people as citizens in politics and civic life is second nature,...

Thursday, June 9, 2016, 12:00 AM

Will the UK's EU referendum threaten other integration models?

Franklin D Roosevelt once said that: “competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further, but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off.” But, that has fallen on deaf ears in some quarters in the UK. As a...

Thursday, June 2, 2016, 12:00 AM

City of Kigali is better off consulting on new policies

On Monday, May 23, the City of Kigali tweeted: “tomorrow 24/05/2016 there will be a press conference at City Hall from 10:30AM on upcoming Car Free Day, construction… media invited.” According to media reports, the upcoming car-free-day in question is scheduled for this Sunday,...

Thursday, May 26, 2016, 12:00 AM

How morally fit is the West to lead a global campaign on corruption?

While most of the world’s attention last week was firmly on Kigali, thanks to the World Economic Forum on Africa, an equally significant event took place in London. It was the Anti-Corruption Summit hosted by British Prime Minister, David Cameron. The one-day summit, which took place on...

Thursday, May 19, 2016, 12:00 AM

When businesses don't innovate they collapse...

Some say that you never forget your first love, kiss, or whatever. But, I say, you never forget your first mobile phone. My first mobile phone which I acquired in 2002 had a reputation for being one of the unbreakable mobile phone (s) ever commercially produced. It was the Nokia 3310 - and almost...

Thursday, May 5, 2016, 12:00 AM

Are young people skilled to manage the transition?

Meet Paul. Paul is a 28-year old communications officer at one of Rwanda’s respected insurance companies. At the age of 23, Paul was lucky to land a job less than six months after graduation. Paul’s monthly net salary is Rwf 400, 000 – considered to be above the national average...

Thursday, April 28, 2016, 12:00 AM

How the priceless Kinyarwanda reconnected me to motherland

Not a lot of people can say their grandmother is their hero and role model but, I can and I do. Like many Rwandans, I was born outside my country, in a Bantu environment where languages were in abundant supply. I remember as a child at my school; if I turned left to a friend, I would speak one...

Thursday, April 21, 2016, 12:00 AM

It is a duty to expose, fight genocide ideology both at home and overseas

As millions of Rwandans congregated all over the world to mark the start of the 22nd Commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi last Thursday, that same afternoon, I joined over six hundred Rwandans and friends of Rwanda at St Marylebone Parish church in central London for a mass....

Thursday, April 14, 2016, 12:00 AM

Unbreakable: the resilient case of Rwanda and Leicester City

Who would have thought it? Leicester City Football Club is top of the Premier League – and by several points! Yet, this time last season Leicester City was at the bottom of the Premier League table fighting relegation. If you had asked me or any other football enthusiast six months ago...

Thursday, April 7, 2016, 12:00 AM

Of government officials and the endless trips, meetings

It is often said that when a committee’s goal is to get a horse, they often end up with a camel. This is because committees are generally tied-up in unnecessary and often endless meetings that more often than not yield less than the intended goals and not to mention, at a cost. In other...

Thursday, March 31, 2016, 12:00 AM

Rwanda and her choice for the road less travelled

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and sorry I could not travel both and be one traveller, long I stood and looked down one as far as I could to where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, and having perhaps the better claim, because it...

Thursday, March 24, 2016, 12:00 AM

Travel across Africa must be made easier for Africans

There comes a time when many of us decide that all work with no play isn’t good for the soul. With this in mind, you and a few friends arrange to take a week off work to simply sit back and enjoy life – after all, we should work to live and not live to work. As you begin travel...

Thursday, March 17, 2016, 12:00 AM

Is 'Caguwa' bad for our economy?

Last week, media reports indicated that East Africa Community (EAC) partner states were all issued with a stern directive by the bloc’s Secretariat. The directive was to begin phasing out the importation of second-hand clothes and shoes – best known in Rwanda as Caguwa, with...

Thursday, March 10, 2016, 12:00 AM

Why Africa is not number one investment destination

Much of Africa’s perceived attractiveness to investors in comparison to other global regions has improved a lot over the past few years. In fact, according to the 2014 Africa Attractiveness Survey by Ernest &Young, the continent moved from third last position in 2011, to become the...

Thursday, March 3, 2016, 12:00 AM

Was Uganda right to shutdown social media during elections?

“Good morning. I hope voting is going well at your polling station? To access Twitter, WhatsApp and Facebook use Tunnelbear VPN.” – Uganda presidential candidate, Amama Mbabazi. The above was a tweet sent by Uganda’s presidential candidate, John Patrick Amama Mbabazi,...

Thursday, February 25, 2016, 12:00 AM

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