A bank loan for an iPhone X; yes, not a joke!

After releasing a wireless charging feature on its latest iPhone, let’s assume Apple’s next release will have tools to enable priests directly WhatsApp God and hypostases to ask about the actual date of Jesus’ 2nd coming; after all, it appears the aim is turn impossibilities into...

Sunday, September 17, 2017, 12:00 AM

Trump’s megaphone vs. North Korea’s gunboat diplomacy

US President Donald Trump’s ongoing altercation with North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un is, in an international communication context, ‘a normal conversation’ between two countries; in fact, it is a contest between megaphone and gunboat diplomacy. Gunboat diplomacy is a...

Sunday, September 10, 2017, 12:00 AM

Kwita Izina: Humans should learn from gorillas

There is a human in gorillas just as there is a gorilla in humans.  So we are gorillas and gorillas are humans; welcome back from this year’s Kwita Izina, a baby naming ceremony for Rwanda’s mountain gorillas and among the world’s noblest acts by human beings for nature....

Sunday, September 3, 2017, 12:00 AM

Expo@20: An assembly of brands competing for attention

The skyline in Gikondo was lit Thursday night by the colourful sparkle of fireworks as Private Sector Federation (PSF) opened the 20th Kigali International Expo in a celebratory mood; if you haven’t been there yet, go and check it out, after all tomorrow is a public...

Sunday, August 27, 2017, 12:00 AM

As Kagame took oath on Friday, citizens too, did

It is impossible to find the best adjective to describe President Paul Kagame’s swearing-in ceremony on Friday; but there is one thing we all agree with, that everyone was glad when the Labour Ministry, albeit reluctantly, granted voters a day off to witness the historic moment. Workers...

Sunday, August 20, 2017, 12:00 AM

Rwanda’s alleged ‘climate of fear’ is a hoax

Medics, we all agree, are the only authentically qualified persons to lecture others about how to live their lives; not that we like it, I don’t, hence avoid having to hear their opinion by trying to ‘live right’ and with God’s grace, I haven’t been to an infirmary in...

Sunday, August 13, 2017, 12:00 AM

I salute Rwandan media, for a job well-done!

Congratulations President Paul Kagame and Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF-Inkotanyi) on your emphatic victory. Well-done Philippe Mpayimana on coming second; you should now form a party. Tough luck to Frank Habineza; I think you should give-up the Green party leadership to someone else. That RPF...

Sunday, August 6, 2017, 12:00 AM

Of ‘Nda Ndambara’ & a photo that said ‘1000 words’ at Kagame rallies

I have a side in this election. So kindly understand if I come off as biased in favour of the RPF candidate, Paul Kagame. (But aren’t journalists supposed to be neutral?). That’s true. But in a situation where you can’t, the book says be transparent by declaring your bias. Four...

Sunday, July 30, 2017, 12:00 AM

RPF’s role will be vital for smooth succession

A week after President Kagame’s Liberation Day televised interview on RTV, the public is still having a good conversation on his statement that ‘Rwandans with less historical baggage’ would make ideal candidates for a successor. I found myself in one such conversation on...

Sunday, July 9, 2017, 12:00 AM

Foreign investment in Rwandan banks, welcome

The 24th Annual General Meeting of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) closed in Kigali yesterday after a week of activities; it attracted dozens of international business journalists one of whom I had a conversation with and is the inspiration behind this commentary. The journalist, an...

Sunday, July 2, 2017, 12:00 AM

Youth & politics: From cheerleaders to players

The August 4, 2017 Presidential Election will be an emotional affair as it may be the last chance voters have to confer their mandate to a man that will always be this country’s greatest leader; President Paul Kagame has expressed a wish to retire and invited the youth to consider...

Sunday, June 25, 2017, 12:00 AM

Elections and campaigns in the information age

It’s election season in the region, okay, not quite, but there is a ‘fierce’ presidential campaign ongoing in Kenya ahead of polls in August; here, at home, the stage is ready for a showdown as the incumbent party, RPF seeks mandate renewal to lead; in both countries, candidates...

Sunday, June 18, 2017, 12:00 AM

May, Comey & EAC budgets; a contest for attention

June almost literally saw off May, I mean UK Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative Party Theresa Mary May whose reign almost got snapped by a snap election which was totally uncalled for; clearly, she is an apolitical learning to play politics and pressed the wrong button. May, may be...

Sunday, June 11, 2017, 12:00 AM

Bank Rwanda's future growth on Youth 'Tech-preneurs'

The New Times’ Wednesday front-page carried a claver pictorial juxtaposition of Minister of Finance Claver Gatete and Central Bank Governor John Rwangombwa; like strategists in a situation room, our bespectacled economy gurus were sharply focused on Rwanda’s growth prospects which IMF...

Sunday, May 21, 2017, 12:00 AM

Rwanda is literally transforming Africa

Rwanda may not be Africa’s largest economy but the East African nation has gradually become the central engine that is dexterously powering a new wave of optimism across the continent through platforms such as the annual Transform Africa Summit that just ended in Kigali. Slowly, Kigali,...

Sunday, May 14, 2017, 12:00 AM

BK's 50th anniversary vote of confidence in economy

Rwanda’s largest commercial lender, Bank of Kigali celebrated 50 years since its incorporation at a colorful event that was graced by President Paul Kagame, Friday night, at the Convention centre; the milestone is a major vote of confidence in the stability of the country’s economy. A...

Sunday, May 7, 2017, 12:00 AM

Rwanda’s largest commercial bank comes of age; 50th anniversary celebrations set for today

All roads will lead to the Kigali Convention Centre this Friday evening as Bank of Kigali, Rwanda’s largest commercial lender celebrates its 50th anniversary at a colourful dinner expected to be graced by President Paul Kagame. On December 22, 2016, BK or ‘Beka’ as it is fondly known among...

Friday, May 5, 2017, 12:00 AM

Traffic Police, here's a road habit to fight

There is a slight chance that I offended the law Friday evening after I stopped by the roadside to chat with a traffic police cop, and to ask him something I have always shuddered about; shouldn’t people who drive at night with full beam headlights be punished? One of the most ‘...

Sunday, April 30, 2017, 12:00 AM

Give Kigali an Integrated Infrastructural Planning body

A person that is going nowhere cannot be worried of getting lost. Only someone headed somewhere would be worried of losing their way and that is precisely why travelers need maps to plan their journeys; clearly, Kigali is a city on the move and unafraid to learn from mistakes. Right now, the...

Sunday, April 23, 2017, 12:00 AM

Genocide Survivors shouldn't live in fear

The gruesome murder this week, of a middle aged female Genocide survivor in Niboye, happened three streets from my address, following an earlier attack on the cow of yet another survivor, in Kicukiro District; naturally, these violent incidents have left survivors living in fright. In the minds of...

Sunday, April 16, 2017, 12:00 AM

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