Why Science needs more women scientists

I went to cinema again, Friday night; for it was the only cost-friendly way I could entertain Melody, a Kenyan friend in Kigali for a week, in response to the ‘Visit Rwanda’ global tourism campaign; she did the review of what was showing on the night, and Venom was the choice. Let...

Saturday, November 10, 2018, 10:55 PM

Technology, capital markets can break intra-Africa trade barriers

This week started and closed with two important stories; BK Group’s ‘Rights Offering’to current shareholders, Monday morning, and Thursday’s unveiling, in Kigali, of Africa’s first Electronic World Trade Platform (eWTP) by President Paul Kagame and Chinese...

Saturday, November 3, 2018, 9:54 PM

Genocide and the power in forgiveness

The greatest pain for the finest musicians, as maverick rapper Kanye West observed, is the fact that they will never sit to watch and enjoy themselves perform live, like the rest of us do; I think we can say the same of great leaders, like our own here, Rwanda President Paul Kagame. I have...

Saturday, October 27, 2018, 10:46 PM

A year to remember for Rwanda’s diplomacy

In her work,‘the secret life of bees’ Sue Monk Kidd observed that, “if you need something from somebody, always give that person a way to hand it to you”. I couldn’t think of a better statement to aptly describe Rwanda’s diplomacy in 2018. Towards the end...

Saturday, October 20, 2018, 11:07 PM

From Time to Guardian, print is struggling to ‘press on’

Time, possibly the world’s most respected magazine, ran a cover story on Feb 26, 2018: How to live longer & better. At 95 years old, Time Magazine is struggling to live-on and this week, it accepted to be bought for the second time in a year, at US$190m by tech-billionaire Marc Benioff....

Sunday, September 23, 2018, 1:11 AM

NAEB, give Busanza a National Mango Project

This week, I accidentally discovered a beautiful village tucked away in quietude, on the outskirts of Kigali; Busanza is its name. Initially, the idea was to just go visit the massive affordable housing project there but out of curiosity, decided to delve deeper into the parish and I am glad I...

Sunday, September 16, 2018, 12:20 AM

Question: Would you sign-up for a green burial?

Death is a universal experience that we can only delay but can’t stop. I always avoid commenting on this cold subject not to alert death’s deadly claws of my humble presence; the last time I did was yesteryear when it struck a workmate in a brutal attack. Last week, it struck again! On...

Sunday, September 9, 2018, 12:02 AM

Shift 150, 000 annnual jobs’ Key Performance Indicator to Private Sector

The government should not promise jobs to the youth; it should stick its focus on creating an enabling ecosystem for a private-sector led economy to generate new investment and jobs. That way, the annual 150,000 jobs target should become a direct onus of the Private Sector Federation. This...

Sunday, September 2, 2018, 12:17 PM

Time is Rwanda’s best advocate against critics

The phrase‘only time will tell’ should be given Rwandan citizenship and a modern apartment atop Rebero Hill with a clear view of Kigali’s beauty, especially at night, as a lasting reminder of fruits of the government’s past daring decisions. It’s a phrase with...

Sunday, August 12, 2018, 12:50 AM

Hard lessons for a ‘wannabe’ farmer!

As we celebrated Umuganura in Rwanda, on Friday, my little sister Juliet, in the oil rich district of Hoima in mid-western Uganda was harassing me with calls; I knew what she wanted and decided I would return her call after the communal feasting in my hamlet of Niboye, Kicukiro. Juliet’s...

Sunday, August 5, 2018, 12:08 AM

In Africa, BRICS have a finebrick

In three months, representatives and leaders of four out of the five-BRICS member states have visited Kigali and met with President Paul Kagame; first was South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa in March, followed by Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov in June before China’s Xi...

Saturday, July 28, 2018, 11:21 PM

World Cup 2018 exposed Africa’s talent drain

The 2018 World Cup comes to an end tonight with two European countries, Croatia and France facing off in the final in Russia.It’s interesting but perhaps unsurprising that most of Africa seems to be backing the French team to snatch victory; but the Croatians can’t be taken for...

Saturday, July 14, 2018, 11:44 PM

Globalising Kigali, one international brand at a time

The entry of German automobile guru, Volkswagen and the unveilingof its maiden locally assembled car, is a major step towards making Kigali, a brand cosmopolitan. Multi-national brands are like birds of the same feathers; they like to flock together. When an industrial ace like Volkswagen enters a...

Sunday, July 1, 2018, 12:46 AM

Justice is abstract but its outcomes are tangible

This week, Erich, a communication expert with an international development organisation asked me a fascinating question; “it is easier to design a communication strategy for tangible products such as a vehicle loan, but how can you effectively do the same for justice which is abstract...

Saturday, June 23, 2018, 1:10 PM

Journalists don’t ‘confirm’ they ‘report’

The Twitter hash-tag #ICanConfirm, created in mockery of journalists’ frantic reporting on the arrest, early this week, of a top Ugandan military official, generated quite a discussion in various online editorial chat rooms; the question was, is it a reporter’s job to confirm?...

Sunday, June 17, 2018, 1:34 AM

Our banks need help; they have ‘anorexia nervosa!’

Recently, I regained my freedom to criticize banks and whenever there’s need, I will put that status to good use although I still have a soft spot for one of the actors. This week, one man’s frustrated attempt to access credit led me to conclude that our banks have ‘anorexia...

Sunday, May 27, 2018, 5:38 AM

BK Group choice to cross-list on Nairobi Stock Exchange, brave!

After chairing the shareholders’ Annual General Meeting on Friday in Kigali, which among others, voted to Cross-list the BK Group shares on Nairobi Stock Exchange, Board Chairman Marc Holtzman flew to New York, one of several capital markets that had been eyed as options. Kenneth Agutamba...

Sunday, May 20, 2018, 2:55 AM

Internet freedom good for African innovation

At the just concluded Transform Africa Summit in Kigali, a father told me a story about his seven-year-old daughter. He asked her what they had learned at school that day and she said: “I learned how to make a baby robot”. It was a largely normal answer from a seven-year-old. But the...

Sunday, May 13, 2018, 12:10 AM

Understanding media hype

Media hype can be dangerous and quite disruptive; but as a Public Relations actor, I am guilty to an extent, of creating some of it, in the past. There are two ongoing cases of media hype one disruptive and the other simply misleading and annoying. Let us start with the disruptive one involving...

Sunday, May 6, 2018, 12:00 AM

Watch out for deadly lightning strikes!

Thursday afternoon, I escaped, narrowly, becoming the latest statistic of death by lightning; that is probably because, deep down my heart, I knew I hadn’t robbed or annoyed anyone and God agreed with me because when I checked, shortly after the thunder strike, I was still in one piece. It...

Sunday, April 22, 2018, 12:46 AM

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