Tales of Kigali’s Makuza Peace Plaza

The Kigali Jazz Junction on Friday night was a hit. The performances by ‘short artists with tall talent’ were almost perfect that a critic could barely find a flaw to write a flowing lampoon. But the same can’t be said of the host, Serena hotel, whose service on the...

Sunday, October 30, 2016, 12:00 AM

From Flotus to Potus: The rise of First Ladies

The European Union’s regulation on the sale of cabbages, it is claimed, has 26,911 words. There are fewer words in the Donald Trump locker-room banter video, shot a decade ago, that is now almost certainly going to cost the pompous billionaire the US Presidency. “Damn the media,”...

Sunday, October 16, 2016, 12:00 AM

If you banked on Rwanda, it’s cash-in time

Time is such a great factor for it knows best how to tell between right and wrong; for people who took the risk and banked on Rwanda two decades ago, the arrival this week of ‘Ubumwe’ availed another opportunity to ‘cash-in’ on dividends of unity, dedicated leadership and...

Sunday, October 2, 2016, 12:00 AM

Finally, a house at Rwf20 million!

After a spate of negative publicity regarding the billboard ban, road closures and mismanagement of car free zones, City of Kigali got some positive press this week, alongside Shelter Afrique (SHAF) and the Development Bank of Rwanda (BRD). The three parties are collaborating on a fascinating...

Sunday, September 25, 2016, 12:00 AM

Germans, rice & Rwanda’s housing jinx

This week I met two Germans; we talked about rice, Rwandan farmers and Kigali’s housing problem. I love Germans. The world should emulate Germans. Rwanda should work with Germans. Just like Gemina, Germany has thrived in spite of her World War-2 reparation burden. The other day, Ifo-...

Sunday, September 18, 2016, 12:00 AM

BK clients to enjoy generous discounts on Marriott services

The heavy cloudburst on Friday evening, it turns out, was a figurative blessing of a new corporate friendship between Bank of Kigali and Marriott; it will see BK’s high-end customers enjoy generous discounts on services from the five-star hotel facilities around the world. Bank of Kigali CEO...

Sunday, September 18, 2016, 12:00 AM

Face to face with power, I froze!

On Monday this week, I stood face to face with two of Africa’s most powerful men, Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame and his Ugandan counterpart, Yoweri Museveni and for about two minutes, I inhaled presidential air. It was an inebriating experience. This was on the opening day of the...

Sunday, September 11, 2016, 12:00 AM

Kwita Izina, Mark Zuckerberg and Rolex

That picture of a genuinely amazed Facebook owner young billionaire Mark Zuckerberg at the sight of Lake Naivasha’s wildlife beauty is what Kenyan tourism needed to revitalize a sector that had suffered in previous months; but why wasn’t Mark at Friday’s Kwita Izina ceremony...

Sunday, September 4, 2016, 12:00 AM

Why Kenya's interest cap law won't help

A few days after Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta signed a law introducing a ceiling on interest rates in East Africa’s largest economy, the World Bank ‘withdrew’ from its website an interesting research paper titled, ‘Interest rate caps around the world: still...

Sunday, August 28, 2016, 12:00 AM

Why Dr Kaberuka should snub AU top job

Two Rwandans: a top diplomat, and a celebrated economist are on a fifteen-person list of candidates being eyed to head the African Union; they are Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo and ex-AfDB President Dr. Donald Kaberuka, who’s widely favored for the job. An online poll conducted...

Sunday, August 21, 2016, 12:00 AM

Diversify Rwanda's tourism beyond gorillas

Which tourism attraction are you most interested in? Don’t answer me. I am only asking for a friend. It is a question you will find in the bottom right corner of the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) website; there are six options to choose from; Mountain Gorillas, Canopy walks, Museums, Lake...

Sunday, August 14, 2016, 12:00 AM

City of Kigali, communicate better not later

Of the Kigali City road closures, let me do a Melania Trump on what American author Seth Godin said about the importance of information; that the less people know, the more they yell; the void created by failure to communicate is soon filled with poison, poppycock and distortion. That is what we...

Sunday, August 7, 2016, 12:00 AM

Memo to University of Rwanda's fresh graduates

As the country’s Commander-in-Chief, it was great to see President Paul Kagame gracing Friday’s graduation ceremony of 8,500 students from the University of Rwanda’s six colleges; this particular group is Rwanda’s largest undeployed army. It urgently needs...

Sunday, July 31, 2016, 12:00 AM

Kiir and Riek can fight, on one condition (...)

The ongoing African Union Summit in Kigali should have dominated regional news coverage this week but argh; killings in President Kiir’s South Sudan and the murder of East African legislator Hafsa Mossi in President Pierre Nkurunziza’s Burundi have stuck out like sore thumbs....

Sunday, July 17, 2016, 12:00 AM

'Rwandan spirit' can inspire Africa to rise higher

This past Friday was rather unusual for me; it is 2:12am and somehow, I am not in my bed but somewhere in a restaurant that becomes a nightclub at night; I was out to celebrate Rwanda’s latest victory, the completion and inauguration of the Kigali Convention Centre. Clearly, I looked out of...

Sunday, July 10, 2016, 12:00 AM

Bank of Kigali hails post-liberation political stability for strong growth

Today in history, the sound of gunfire faded; the liberation army had triumphed over the genocidal forces but there was no jubilation for although they had won the battle, the real war had just begun to reunite the country for nation rebuilding; it would take longer to accomplish. Beyond the loss...

Monday, July 4, 2016, 12:00 AM

Free the leader: Arrest the politician

I love leaders. I hate politicians. I love Rwanda because it is a place where politics fail and leadership thrives; while politicians create conflict to advance selfish interests, leaders seek solutions to end conflicts and unite people towards achieving shared goals. Monday is Rwanda’s...

Sunday, July 3, 2016, 12:00 AM

Brexit: A bag full of vital lessons for EAC

To contextualize the ‘Brexit’ in today’s world of Social Media, you have to imagine the European Union as a WhatsApp group whose admin or one of them, Britain, has left; when an admin leaves a group, members have every reason to be scared, as they’re right now. How...

Sunday, June 26, 2016, 12:00 AM

Jury is out on Mikoani vs. Bakhresa over trademark

There will be a big ‘fight’ in the Commercial High Court this week as lawyers of two rival Tanzanian manufacturing firms, Mikoani Limited and Bakhresa group take on each other in a renewed scuffle over a brand-name, Azania; the fight has been ongoing for two years...

Sunday, June 19, 2016, 12:00 AM

Don't tip government, just pay your taxes

The 2016/2017 budget unveiled on Wednesday by Finance and Planning Minister Amb. Claver Gatete told tax payers what they can’t afford but will nonetheless not stop them from buying it; a billion here, a billion there, the budget will ultimately have to add-up to real money. Like elsewhere in...

Sunday, June 12, 2016, 12:00 AM

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