Twenty Three Aprils later, dark hearts still linger

A dark heart roamed Zuuba village, Kigarama Sector in Kicukiro District. Deep in the night, an ogre waited for the entire village to go to bed before setting out to execute an even darker agenda, a possibly long harbored plan to raid a Genocide survivor’s house and attack his cow. With anger...

Sunday, April 9, 2017, 12:00 AM

[SPONSORED] Bank of Kigali: A partner in powering national development

As Rwandans prepare to review President Paul Kagame’s second term in office for the period 2010 to 2017, Bank of Kigali would like to reminisce over the seven years to take stock of major achievements which we regard as benefits of good governance and political stability. In Part 3 of President...

Friday, March 31, 2017, 12:00 AM

New York, Beijing to Vatican: March month of diplomacy

From Washington, to Beijing and finally the Vatican, March, we can safely say, was a month of diplomacy and also confirmed that Rwanda has a very good foreign affairs agenda. The visit to the Vatican was an absolute historic moment between the Catholic Church’s spiritual General, Pope...

Sunday, March 26, 2017, 12:00 AM

How not to market Kigali’s luxury villas

The week started off on an ugly note with the killing of two Rwandans near the Burundian border and climaxed Friday on an uglier note with the Mafioso-style murder in Kampala of Uganda’s Police Spokesperson; may our governments prevail over this rising criminality. With...

Sunday, March 19, 2017, 12:00 AM

Do women a favour, stop favouring them

I am not a fan of beauty pageants but as someone in the business of brand strategy, being on the lookout for fresh opportunities is a must; it is in that context that I on Tuesday afternoon had lunch with four of Miss Rwanda finalists, the 1st and 2nd runners up, Miss Popularity and Tracy Ford, all...

Sunday, March 12, 2017, 12:00 AM

Let’s ‘buy East Africa to develop East Africa’

At Friday’s opening of Bank of Kigali’s service centre on Kigali Heights, I was honoured to meet several eminent gentlemen and a lady that loyally follow this column, the best motivation for any writer; they also gave me some honest feedback regarding my profile picture. “It...

Sunday, March 5, 2017, 12:00 AM

To divorce from Cash, we must kill ATMs

Our leaders are summiting for a weeklong retreat to assess their performance in implementing Vision 2020 in preparation for the more ambitious vision 2050; on their agenda, may they also discuss how to speed-up the process of divorce from our costly marriage to cash. A major act before government...

Sunday, February 26, 2017, 12:00 AM

Where's the method in Africa's madness?

The sweet early morning sunrays full of vitamin D, conned their way through the golden curtains covering the wide doors overlooking the sprawling green gardens of the hotel; for a second, I thought I had dozed off in the chaise-longue at the balcony. It was a beautiful morning. It’s ...

Sunday, February 12, 2017, 12:00 AM

Welcome rain! This heat almost killed us!

The United States new President Donald Trump loves Twitter but he hates the climate change subject and unlike the fight against terrorism, the worrisome threat of global warming may not benefit from American leadership for at least the next four years. Four days before his inauguration, Trump,...

Sunday, January 22, 2017, 12:00 AM

Good friend gone bad; trapped in Kenya’s Nanyuki

My plan this weekend was to comment on President Barrack Obama’s farewell speech and his incoming successor, Donald Trump under the title; End of an era; beginning of an error.’ But a desperate WhatsApp call changed everything just as I set out to write, Saturday morning. Human...

Sunday, January 15, 2017, 12:00 AM

Banking in 2017: From ‘branch-centric’ to ‘tech-centric’ growth

Brett King, author of Breaking Banks wondered; “you probably never thought of Uber as an acquirer of small business bank accounts, but if you’re an Uber driver and Uber can give you a debit card that enables you to get paid  –  then why would you go to a bank to open an account?” That banking is...

Monday, January 9, 2017, 12:00 AM

Kigali property landlords should lower their expectations

After amending rules on how people can advertise publicly, City of Kigali has announced a new target for 2017, businesses and nongovernmental organizations operating in premises designed to be residential houses; they have up to end of March to relocate to commercial ones. ‘Anticipated...

Sunday, January 8, 2017, 12:00 AM

Toasting to 2016 victories

Have you ever wished that you could give God a hug? A hug for the victories of our friends, families, and yes, countries!  For Rwanda, great things have happened here in 2016; we should certainly give God a warm hug except for my atheist friends Eric Bright and Collins Mwai. Eric and Mwai don...

Sunday, December 25, 2016, 12:00 AM

Umushyikirano: Young people impatient for more success

On Thursday morning, participants, in droves, walked into the wide belly of the KCC main auditorium. It effortlessly accommodated about 2,000 people who attended the 14th National Dialogue (Umushyikirano).   Before 2009, the KCC was only a dream on an architect’s drawing...

Sunday, December 18, 2016, 12:00 AM

Made in Rwanda Expo: Africa needs more ‘Helen Hais’

Earlier this week, a minister in a neighbouring country proposed to Helen Hai, the Chinese ‘tigress’ of manufacturing in Rwanda; the Minister gave Hai a blank cheque to set-up an industrial base in the country, to promote exports. The proposal which was seconded by the country’s...

Sunday, December 11, 2016, 12:00 AM

Banking Rwanda’s unbanked; first, bank their minds

On Friday, the city’s top bankers left office earlier than usual between 5 and 6pm and scurried off to the Kigali Convention Centre for their annual gala which gathers industry players to reflect on the year’s challenges and to celebrate victories. It’s always a...

Sunday, December 4, 2016, 12:00 AM

Castro’s death, lackadaisical medics and bogus internet

The death of some people should be celebrated, not mourned. Cuba’s Fidel Castro is dead; we should celebrate his life for Castro lived and achieved the purpose of his life; the only thing left for him, was to die; may his soul rest in eternal peace. I shouldn’t have lent out my book,...

Sunday, November 27, 2016, 12:00 AM

Who cares for East Africa’s road travelers?

The author of ‘I love you too’, Amit Kalantri, once said: “Travelling shouldn’t be just a tour, it should be a tale”. I don’t travel that much these days because of the nature of my job but in the past, all my trips were followed by a travel article; last...

Sunday, November 20, 2016, 12:00 AM

Trump ushers in a new world order

In the run up to the American Presidency, most polls were in favour of Hillary Clinton. People were blinded by biased mainstream media coverage that they didn’t see a Trump Presidency coming. In the end, Clinton was right, when she said in her teary concession speech that she wasn’t...

Sunday, November 13, 2016, 12:00 AM

Can Hillary survive FBI’s ‘October Surprise?’

I will be humbled if you read my commentary this Sunday for I know you are paying all your attention to American media ahead of that country’s crunch election on Tuesday; Hillary or Trump, who will be America’s next President? A Chinese magician’s monkey chose the latter. But...

Sunday, November 6, 2016, 12:00 AM

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