Changing the African narrative: We have it backwards

Africa Rising. A term featured on famous publications like The economist and Time magazine showcasing the western world’s epiphany towards Africa. It is also another example of the west insisting on telling Africa’s story. With perspectives advised by documentaries curated by...

Sunday, June 3, 2018, 5:00 AM

Ban on Second hand clothing: A good thing or a bad thing?

In 2016, the East African heads of State agreed to implement a ban on second clothing items in an effort to boost growth in the textile and leather industries within member states. This would be done by progressively increasing the tax on the second hand apparel imported until they are too...

Sunday, February 25, 2018, 12:00 AM

Dear Graduate

In August Last year, the University of Rwanda graduated more than 8000 students from various disciplines. The stadium was filled with cheer and lots of bubbly graduates perhaps because the four year journey had come to an end. I was privileged to be a part of this hopeful group of graduates and I...

Sunday, February 18, 2018, 12:00 AM

A case for feminism

I would like to start by apologizing to everyone that has lost their faith in feminism, women and men alike, I feel the same exact way right now. What was once a noble movement is slowly turning into a concealment and justification for personal agendas that have nothing to do with the initial...

Sunday, February 11, 2018, 12:00 AM

Curfew scuffles

Curfew-Students who are on holiday share in my distress over the use of this word. I get very sad at the thought of having to leave everyone at a party or hangout just because I’m afraid I won’t be able to beat curfew and risk getting into trouble. For many people just like me that...

Sunday, December 3, 2017, 12:00 AM

Competition: A benefit of regional integration

In 1858, English naturalist, Charles Darwin co-published a paper on a theory known as Natural selection. In this publication Darwin explained that nature will always choose the most adaptive individual. It didn’t matter whether you were the most beautiful one, for as long as you didn’t...

Sunday, October 25, 2015, 12:00 AM

How technology has redefined creativity

In ancient Europe before the renaissance era, the ability to be creative was reserved only for God. And given that he is the creator, no man was therefore deemed worthy of the gift of creativity. Simply put, there was no such thing as a ‘creative licence’ at that time. It was therefore...

Sunday, October 18, 2015, 12:00 AM

Texting while on motorcycles: A safety issue

Just the other day I found myself in a bit of a situation when an enraged friend of mine expressed how irritated she was with people that text while on a motorcycle. In some countries in the world, riding on a motorcycle is considered fun and a hobby. Well, for us it is a quick and effective means...

Sunday, October 4, 2015, 12:00 AM

There is nothing wrong with Mondays

For longer than I can remember, I have known Monday as the worst day of the week. Nobody has to tell you, you basically grow into it. The blues start to kick in as Sunday evening approaches you can almost tell from the mood that Monday is coming. But why? Is it a mentality or is there a valid...

Sunday, September 27, 2015, 12:00 AM

The folly of relying on only passion

This quote is considered inspiring because it sells the idea that finding what you love and doing just that is the key to a comfortable and successful life. Unfortunately, there is no such thing. We live in an era where blog posts, books and various social media platforms offer advice on how...

Sunday, September 20, 2015, 12:00 AM

Be inspired by the stories around you

Have you ever searched for something and later found out that you had it with you the entire time? Many times I’ve found myself in this particular situation and very often it is something small and of little value. But imagine something much bigger and much more important than the pen you...

Sunday, September 13, 2015, 12:00 AM

Juggling work with school is not a bad idea after all

The concept of being a student at the university was never associated with part-time jobs, gigs or anything of the sort, at least not to me. I knew of it as just another level of education where you woke up every morning, attended lecturers, handed in assignments and did exams. You know, your basic...

Sunday, September 6, 2015, 12:00 AM

Why should you read?

Time and again there has been talk on the lack of reading culture among the youth in Rwanda today especially since there have been many measures that have been taken to help change this. Many blame the many distractions available today that don’t quite help in the development of this culture...

Sunday, August 30, 2015, 12:00 AM

Why the local creative arts industry should be taken seriously

The global creative economy is growing really fast and has become almost impossible to ignore but creativity today is not just linked to works of art but anything that requires a person to use his/her mind to solve or create something. Many companies have come up with creative ways of creating...

Sunday, August 23, 2015, 12:00 AM

Why youth should embrace Pan Africanism

There is very limited talk of Pan Africanism among the youth in this generation since the most they hear of it is during history classes. Names of great African leaders like Julius Nyerere of Tanzania and Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana are spoken of, depicted as the African legends that so valiantly fought...

Sunday, August 16, 2015, 12:00 AM

Finance tips for campus freshers

Joining the university can be very exciting, it’s a new environment and one has the chance of meeting and making new friends. It is also a phase of growth because having left your parents’ home, you are solely in charge of your own well being. Unlike life in the previous levels of...

Sunday, August 9, 2015, 12:00 AM

The influence of company

As a child, my mother often encouraged me to befriend the smart kids in my class. According to her, the more I spent time with the clever bunch, the smarter I would get. I never really took her advice until high school and it was then that I decided to see for myself if indeed the mechanism worked...

Sunday, August 2, 2015, 12:00 AM

How WhatsApp has stolen young people's time

Living in the 21st century has got a lot of perks to it, most of which include having almost everything simplified. From transport to communication, research to money transfers – all this is very simple due to advances in technology. Science has somehow found a way of solving many of our day...

Sunday, July 26, 2015, 12:00 AM

What next after graduation

Transition is never easy especially if one is leaving their comfort zone and moving in to a place that’s not as comfortable. Many youth today graduate with the hope that they will get a job as soon as they leave school. Unfortunately this is not often the case leading many into a state of...

Sunday, July 19, 2015, 12:00 AM

Feminism and change

I am a feminist. No, I am not disrespectful and neither am I one to despise anyone belonging to the male gender. I am a great believer of balance and therefore each individual does bring something to the table regardless of whether they’re female or male. However, a lot of biases stem from the...

Sunday, July 12, 2015, 12:00 AM

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