Kwibuka24: A regrettable fall; a grateful rise!

Between past and present, is time. While it connects the present to the past, time too, helps us break the present from the past. It is how one really chooses to look at it. Every year on April 7, we break further from the brutal past 24 years ago, yet no matter how far we go, we can’t...

Sunday, April 8, 2018, 1:32 AM

Africa will ultimately dance to one beat

A Friday night chill-out at Chillax Lounge in the leafy Nyarutarama suburb provided the perfect metaphor to the recent productive African Union summit here in Kigali that culminated into the signing by 44 countries, the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA). There were three DJs playing different...

Sunday, April 1, 2018, 12:00 AM

Africa in auto-correction mode; let it be!

Two executive resignations in a week, first, Jacob Zuma quitting power in South Africa, hours later, Ethiopia’s Hailemarian Desalegn followed suit; both, barely four months since Robert Mugabe’s departure in Zimbabwe. All three have been bloodless and no direct foreign sponsor. There...

Sunday, February 18, 2018, 12:00 AM

A generation of social media influencers

Human inventiveness has turned fantasy into reality making life pleasurable to live and death a more terrifying prospect; with Social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram, people have created alternative lifestyles online that are often more colorful than their actual lives. There are...

Monday, February 12, 2018, 12:00 AM

Time to disrupt old-style education system

In one classroom at Lycee de Kigali, 40 kids split in groups were laying final touches to their respective robot projects designed to offer solutions to boost the efficiency of Rwandan farmers. Outside the classroom, other kids were reporting for the 1st-term of the 2018 academic year. That was...

Sunday, January 21, 2018, 12:00 AM

Cars alone won’t drive out insurance losses

An actor in Rwanda’s insurance sector once told me that prayer is an important aspect of their business; I didn’t quite understand until they explained. “We pray for our clients so that they don’t incur losses or accidents that would require us to compensate them.”...

Sunday, January 14, 2018, 12:00 AM

In 2018, go buy a village, town will find you!

It is a new year and buying your first plot of land or house is high on your list of 2018 resolutions; you couldn’t have chosen a worse time to buy. Fortunately, worse is better than worst. Property prices, by my forecast, will soar this year, but there is a way around it. First, let us look...

Sunday, January 7, 2018, 12:00 AM

Wrap-up 2017: It was a year of politics

That we are alive and well on this last Sunday of the year is a milestone to be thankful for; 2017 like every other year before it, has hosted a fair share of dramatic events that have dominated news headlines here at home and away. In a wrap, this, has been a year of politics. In Rwanda, there is...

Sunday, December 31, 2017, 12:00 AM

Thoughts on RPF’s 30th Anniversary Celebration

The ban on shisha this week awakened voices we didn’t know existed in this town. One young man asked; the Ministry says it damages our lungs, what is the prize for dying with a healthy pair? Huh! With such attitude, let’s hope the ban won’t trigger a lucrative black-market. We...

Sunday, December 17, 2017, 12:00 AM

Kigali’s hardy showbiz entrepreneurs merit applause

There was a time in its early days when the Kigali Jazz Junction (KJJ) was too small for the venue in which it is held, Serena hotel; now in its 7th edition, the monthly musical show appears to have become oversize for the site, at least going by the overwhelmed parking area on jazz nights. At...

Sunday, December 10, 2017, 12:00 AM

Made in Rwanda Expo: Notes from ICT Innovation Pavilion

There are several good stories at the ongoing Made in Rwanda (MiR) exhibition in Gikondo, where hundreds of indigenous entrepreneurs in various sectors are showcasing their efforts; one story regards the huge potential in the young innovators driving the country’s ICT industry. A tweet,...

Sunday, December 3, 2017, 12:00 AM

Rwanda not too small to provide global leadership

Two bold decisions by Rwanda, this month, namely, the declaration of a worldwide entry visa on arrival and the offer to host a large number of African migrants being held in Libyan slave markets; have both earned the country positive regional and international reviews. Rwanda...

Sunday, November 26, 2017, 12:00 AM

World should reciprocate Rwanda’s new visa regime

What a week! In Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe’s government toppled itself, in a rare but efficient political party reinvention strategy; in Kenya, Raila Odinga’s opposition wants to oust Uhuru Kenyatta’s admin through civil disobedience while in Uganda, rivals want to deal President...

Sunday, November 19, 2017, 12:00 AM

It’s time to give GDP a break

The New Times carried a front page headline on Friday in which one of my favourite ministers, Claver Gatete said: "Rwanda’s economy is bouncing back" (to faster growth following a wobbly start in the 1st quarter). Then one reader joked, "I hope it bounces back to my pockets too." Readers...

Sunday, November 12, 2017, 12:00 AM

Entropy is ruining EAC integration dream

The week was a mixed bag of fortune where Rwanda was acclaimed by World Bank among the globe’s top 50 investment-friendly countries, got ranked 4th globally by World Economic Forum among nations with the least gender gap. However, these wins came amid regional body scratches. Although body...

Sunday, November 5, 2017, 12:00 AM

Let’s christen Rusororo afresh; rebrand it!

On Thursday, we travelled to a place that to most people, symbolizes the end of life, to lay to rest a young woman whose life was brutally stolen by armed robbers; just over 90 days ago, the victim, a 32-year old last born of nine had wedded. Perched atop a hill, at its mention, Rusororo...

Sunday, October 29, 2017, 12:00 AM

Give God a break from man made madness

This week, two hippopotamuses emerged from the far end of the East African Sea to announce to those ashore that the crocodile was ill; in a church not far away, a priest asked the congregation to submit their prayer requests to God and one read, ‘oh Lord, give us good roads.’ As the...

Sunday, October 22, 2017, 12:00 AM

Hostages of our own lifestyle inflation

In a public lecture, Thursday, Bank of Kigali Chief Executive Dr. Diane Karusisi addressed ULK students on how to manage their ‘lifestyle inflation’ by ‘spending on needs and saving on their wants’ a statement that initially left some youngsters confused. What is life-style...

Sunday, October 8, 2017, 12:00 AM

Why consensus politics is good for the region

This week, a member of parliament in a neighboring country, while addressing the press, quoted Buju Banton; ‘he who feels it knows it more.’ It’s not Buju’s original quote but a famous Rastafarian line he borrowed for his song ‘not an easy road’ off his 1995...

Sunday, October 1, 2017, 12:00 AM

Kenya, Uganda electoral 'unrest' bad for EAC risk profile

There is an electoral squabble in Kenya following an annulled presidential poll, and a constitutional dispute in Uganda over attempts to remove an age-limit clause on the presidency; these two cases will hike the region’s risk profile if not amicably resolved. A risk profile is an evaluation...

Sunday, September 24, 2017, 12:00 AM

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