Why young people should not be afraid of politics

To many young people, politics with a capital ‘P’ can often feel like something which is far removed from everyday life, and something which most young people don’t easily relate to. Yet if you have been a youth worker for any stretch of time like me, you’ll understand...

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 12:00 AM

Noise pollution: Kigali City Council must get this right

It is a fact of life that we all make noise. Whether we are talking to others, playing music, entertaining, driving in our cars or just going about our daily business, we all generate noise. However, it seems that what is noise to one person may be pleasurable to another. And in Kigali,...

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 12:00 AM

Why are so many Africans dying at sea?

THEY KNOW their lives are at risk, yet each year thousands of people from Africa, the Middle East and beyond – civil war refugees, political asylum seekers and economic migrants – leave their homelands and try to reach the ‘promised’ land of Europe. In fact, the last decade...

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 12:00 AM

24 years on, we cannot afford to be complacent

Yesterday was exactly 24 years since a few brave men and women resolved that enough was enough, and decided that then was the time to free Rwanda from the shackles of a government that knew nothing about governance except sowing seeds of hatred among Rwandans, young and old. I take this...

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 12:00 AM

Rwanda Day is an indication that the Diaspora matters just as much

THE SIXTH edition of Rwanda Day is here – this time, thousands of Rwandans as well as friends of Rwanda living in the United States will convene in Atlanta, Georgia on September 20 2014, to celebrate 20 years of our country’s liberation, and to reflect on the progress made thus far. In...

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 12:00 AM

Why don't we give value to 'Made in Africa'?

It is a safe bet that only a minority of readers will have come across the names; Arthur Zang, Saheed Adepoju, and for that matter, Apostle Dr Kwadwo Safo! For the majority that do not have a clue, you are not alone; these names, although they may arguably warrant at least half a portion of the...

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 12:00 AM

TVET schooling the answer to youth unemployment?

Having spent the majority of your life being tenderly guided by the most caring people in your life such as parents and teachers, graduating from university simply means that now is the time to make all the big decisions yourself. Of course, employment is one of those major decisions awaiting you...

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 12:00 AM

TVET schooling the answer to youth unemployment?

Having spent the majority of your life being tenderly guided by the most caring people in your life such as parents and teachers, graduating from university simply means that now is the time to make all the big decisions yourself. Of course, employment is one of those major decisions awaiting you...

Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 12:00 AM

How can leaders improve their organisations?

The subject of leadership has been the stuff of research, study, theory and teaching, certainly since the 5th Century when Thucydides, perhaps the father of study in this area, wrote about the Peloponnesian War and inter alia set out to identify the reasons for Athens’ defeat. He did this...

Thursday, August 28, 2014, 12:00 AM

How can leaders improve their organisations?

The subject of leadership has been the stuff of research, study, theory and teaching, certainly since the 5th Century when Thucydides, perhaps the father of study in this area, wrote about the Peloponnesian War and inter alia set out to identify the reasons for Athens’ defeat. He did this...

Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 12:00 AM

Steady rise of Africa’s middle class is critical

Fourteen years ago, The Economist news magazine ran a cover story headlined “The Hopeless Continent”. Inside the magazine, Africa was characterised as a continent deluged by floods and famine (referring to Ethiopia), Zimbabwe was labelled as operating a “government-sponsored...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 12:00 AM

Will hefty fines make our roads safe and dependable?

THIS WEEK, it was reported that following the rapid rise in the number of road accidents in this country, the government is looking to introduce new measures that include hefty fines to contain reckless drivers who cause road accidents which have increasingly and indiscriminately claimed lives of...

Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 12:00 AM

US-Africa Leaders’ Summit: why now?

PRESIDENT Barack Obama has just concluded the first-ever US-Africa leaders summit – a three-day meeting which saw nearly 50 African leaders gather in Washington, D.C, from August 4-6, to discuss matters concerning trade, security and governance.   Like Europe and Latin America, the US...

Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 12:00 AM

Ignore the youth at your own peril

IN JANUARY this year, I wrote an article in this paper that called for all stakeholders including political leaders, business heavyweights, policymakers, and influential members of the civil society to work hand in hand and on equal footing to prepare Rwanda’s young generation for the journey...

Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 12:00 AM

Africa’s brain drain conundrum

IN EUROPE, much like in Canada, the United States, and Australia, not a day goes by without a news bulletin about migration policy.  Migration has become such a big talking point to the extent that in the UK, for instance, one political party known as UK Independence Party (UKIP), a right-...

Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 12:00 AM

Hands off our generation: the only way is up

TODAY’S EASY access to mass communication mediums such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube means that every single one of us is capable of relaying whatever information they deem appropriate to millions of recipients worldwide at any time.  To say the least, I have no problem with that. I...

Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 12:00 AM

Do we treat the RDF with deserved respect, fairness?

THIS WEEK Rwandans are celebrating the twentieth anniversary since the Rwanda Patriotic Front stopped the Genocide against the Tutsi.  As we celebrate the achievements that Rwanda has posted over the years, however, we need to pause and truly consider whether we have held the wellbeing of our...

Thursday, July 3, 2014, 12:00 AM

School dropout: Do we blame family poverty?

IN LINE with her aspirations to become a knowledge-based society, Rwanda prioritised access to education partly by offering a fee-free and compulsory primary education to all children.  And considering that the cost of education can be relatively high for poor families, the government reduced...

Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 12:00 AM

Three lessons from President Kagame’s recent upcountry tour

Two weeks ago, much like he has done many times before, President Paul Kagame embarked on one of his citizen outreach tours, this time around in Nyabihu district in the Western Province, to engage with ordinary citizens. As noted above, President Kagame’s countrywide citizen engagement tours...

Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 12:00 AM

The 2014 World Cup: Brazil’s moment to shine or to reflect?

TODAY IS kick-off of the 20th Fifa World Cup, an international men only football tournament that is scheduled to take place in Brazil from June 12 to July 13. This prominent tournament, arguably the world’s most popular sporting event, will bring together 32 national teams from all five...

Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 12:00 AM

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