Sports and corporate sponsorship in Rwanda

Music and sports are arguably Rwanda’s most popular social activities; this shouldn’t be surprising given the country’s demographic profile that shows over 60 percent of the country’s population in the 0 to 24 age-bracket while 32 percent are between 25 and 54 years of age...

Sunday, September 29, 2019, 12:00 AM

Understanding the recent growth numbers

Nineteen years ago, the Rwandan government launched the Vision 2020 development agenda in which it was determined that “to transform the country into a middle-income economy, it would require an annual growth rate of at least 7 per cent.” That government mission statement played out...

Sunday, September 22, 2019, 12:00 AM

Lesson on saving, from a Kigali restaurant waitress

An encounter with a restaurant waitress a few days ago inspired this commentary. But to help us build context, I will ask you a question; how many of you, white-collar jobholders, can afford and actually do, save Rwf10, 000 ($10) per-day off your salaries? But this young restaurant lady, whose...

Sunday, September 15, 2019, 12:00 AM

Africans against Africans: Case of survival cannibalism

President Mugabe is dead. It’s only African that we accord him the respect traditionally bestowed upon our dead, this regardless of his shortcomings as a leader for refusing to forgive even in his death would be an act of moral-extremism. Should, by any chance Mugabe meets his counterpart...

Sunday, September 8, 2019, 12:00 AM

Fully-integrated Africa can engage development suitors better

The Twitter hash-tag #TICAD7 (7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development) trended across the continent because most of Africa’s newsmakers were in the Japanese Port-City of Yokohama attending the summit that discussed how to develop their countries, back home.  First...

Sunday, September 1, 2019, 12:00 AM

Rwanda’s rural women leading fight against poverty

The reporting that poverty has been declining in Rwanda over the years is not a statistical fallacy as some media outlets claimed recently; it is a reality backed by testimonies of actual Rwandans living that realism, in districts like Kirehe, Ngoma, and Nyaruguru. I have spent this past week in...

Sunday, August 25, 2019, 12:00 AM

Are telecoms giving customers bad deal on internet prices?

I recently asked Google, which country offers the most inexpensive (I avoid the word cheapest, on purpose) mobile data? The search engine cited recent research by the UK Based Price comparison site Cable.co.uk. According to the research findings released in March this year, India offers some of...

Sunday, August 11, 2019, 12:00 AM

Ebola: Let us invest in global public health journalism

This week, the Ebola rise in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) continued to generate regional and international news headlines following a precautionary regulatory update by Rwanda, at the Goma border, 163kms North-West of the capital Kigali. But the framing of the headlines and the...

Sunday, August 4, 2019, 12:59 AM

Is Africa ready for 5G?

This was supposed to be my commentary for last Sunday but the Karongi district road-star stole the show. It has been a big week for me as I was helped to leave a day-job I’ve held for the last seven months, to focus, fulltime on a project I have toyed with since last year. It is a project to...

Sunday, July 28, 2019, 12:00 AM

“Karongi road hero” has message for us all: Ask not what Rwanda can do for you, but…

The headline of the week got to be that of 23-year old Emmanuel Nizigiyimana who has been celebrated countrywide as a hero, for single-handedly digging a 4 km road connecting two villages of Murambi and Gashari, Karongi district in Rwanda’s western province. First, TV1 should be commended...

Sunday, July 21, 2019, 12:41 AM

Rwanda’s liberation: A story by Rwandans for Africans

Of Rwanda’s 25th Liberation Anniversary, all one can say is, joy wouldn’t feel so good if it wasn’t for pain; July 4, for the last quarter a century has been the perfect climax in Rwanda’s remembrance of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, capping the 100 days of anguish...

Sunday, July 7, 2019, 12:24 AM

Liberation Day: Youths must shun short-cuts to success

An incident happened this week that left us with a ‘197-dollar question’ (pun intended) to reflect on, as we head into the freedom week; how much have the youth learned from the young men and women that led Rwanda’s Liberation struggle, 25 years ago? He has since changed it but...

Sunday, June 30, 2019, 12:00 AM

MINEDUC’s new guide on student assessment triggers debate

In a letter to all district mayors, dated June 18, 2019 Education Minister Dr. Eugene Mutimura issued new guidelines on how to conduct student assessment in primary, secondary, technical and vocational training schools as well as teacher training colleges; this, in line with the January...

Sunday, June 23, 2019, 3:17 AM

Budget 2019/2020: All eyes on tax payers

East African Ministers for Finance and Economic Planning, including Rwanda’s Dr. Uzziel Ndagijimana, on Thursday showed up in Parliaments of their respective countries with budget estimates that indicated planned expenditure towering over anticipated revenues. In management accounting, a...

Sunday, June 16, 2019, 1:44 AM

Kigali high schools endangering students over late-coming

I don’t know whether it happens across the country, but the habit of Kigali based high-schools turning back students over late-coming should be revised and reversed because it’s a counterproductive approach that endangers students, especially females. Traditionally, schools have always...

Sunday, June 9, 2019, 12:01 AM

Will African brands shine more under AfCFTA?

The biggest news in May will not be the resignation of UK Prime Minister Theresa May but the coming into force, of the much anticipated Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) exactly four years today, since negotiations for the treaty begun in June 2015; it is a milestone worth celebrating....

Sunday, June 2, 2019, 12:36 AM

UK Brexit plan needs a ‘Roman dictator’

On May 24, 2019 UK Prime Minister Theresa May wept. Whether it was for dramatic effect or natural, anyone who has followed her three-year effort to deliver the hard assignment of Brexit, would have thought she has been holding back from breaking down. It’s interesting that May chose May to...

Sunday, May 26, 2019, 12:00 AM

Rwanda’s MICE not on steroids, it’s hard work!

Three things happened this week that brought me deep satisfaction. First, I successfully hosted a delegation of South African and Namibian industrialists who were exploring for business opportunities that climaxed with a trip to Gisenyi, the darling of leisure tourists. Secondly, I was part of a...

Sunday, May 19, 2019, 12:05 AM

Global allies needed in improving Africa’s narrative

Two vital meetings are taking place in Kigali this week; Transform Africa Summit (TAS), and the African Public Relations Association (APRA) conference. One conversation seeks to find ways of boosting Africa’s digital economy while the other, to change how the continent is perceived. What is...

Sunday, May 12, 2019, 1:16 AM

Can PR fix Africa’s battered image?

Public relations professionals, under their continental umbrella body, the African Public Relations Association (APRA) will from May 13-17 convene in Kigali for their annual conference to be held under the theme, ‘Changing African storytelling narratives.’ Based in Lagos, Nigeria, the...

Sunday, May 5, 2019, 12:38 AM