Natalie Campbell-Rodriques

Have we begun to do our part?

The New Year has started and Donald Trump is still a major news item, people of colour are no closer to a seat at the proverbial table and the world still has crisises in Yemen, Syria and Myanmar. All this could make me feel as though nothing is changing. I could get up each day and ask myself...

Thursday, January 10, 2019, 12:00 AM

The empty halls of commercial real estate

The whispers about the commercial real estate market in Kigali are becoming louder with each passing day. The scoffing at prices and the general comments are not positive. Across the city, whether it be in Nyarugenge, Kacyiru, Kimihurura or elsewhere, there are several buildings with a large...

Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 10:40 PM

Mere mortals with an obligation to serve

There are various versions of this story, but the common elements are as follows: When the great emperor Marcus Aurelius ruled Rome, he was very concerned about not letting his enormous power go to his head. He was aware of the tendency of powerful men to get carried away by their power. It is...

Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 11:12 PM

Jamaica - the land of my birth and the wind beneath my wings

An island of less than three million people but with a span of notoriety and glory above its size. Jamaica. The island that punches above her weight. The place which sits on the bucket list of so many people across the globe. Whether it be in the far corners of remote villages in Papua or in the...

Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 11:24 PM

Africans should not adopt a culture of consumerism and indebtedness

“Neither a borrower nor a lender be.” This is something we often heard the older folks in our community say when we were growing up. Many of us thought that it was a quote from the Bible; it was many years later before I learnt that it was a line from Shakespeare’s famous play,...

Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 1:22 AM

When the time comes….

When the time comes, I hope I will be ready and strong. I hope I will be able to go aboard that plane and look down from the skies without tears or obvious signs of weakness. I hope I will not be found wanting in resolve at that moment in time which will require fortitude. Letting go, of things...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 11:58 PM

Who is accurately recording the story of Rwanda?

When I first moved to Rwanda there were a lot of questions from friends and family as to the secret to the country’s success. Many had originally thought that we were relocating to an unsafe territory and were genuinely concerned. After listening to our excitement and attempts at dispelling...

Thursday, July 5, 2018, 12:18 AM

The expatriate privilege

At what stage does one wake up and everything the government and people of a nation does is bad, stupid and nonsensical? At what point do we catch ourselves, reflect and realise that there is often more than meets the eye when it comes to running a country; especially one that has had wars? What...

Thursday, May 24, 2018, 3:01 AM

A seat at the proverbial ‘table’ through real estate investments

For much of our history, the black community has used real estate as the primary tool of investment for wealth creation. Many of us grew up watching our parents buy properties which they rented for income and later sold to create a retirement nest egg or kept to leave as an inheritance. This has...

Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 9:51 PM

Jamaica and Rwanda: Churches and the culture of being untouchable

According tothe Guinness Book of World Records, Jamaica has the most churches per square mile. It is no wonder I grew up hearing the sounds of the church almost all day on a Sunday and at least three nights during the week. In addition to the sounds from the church, my ears know well the loud...

Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 11:49 PM

Do we have to be unethical?

The seemingly growing lack of ethical behaviour among entrepreneurs is as disheartening as it is frightening. What is scarier than the obvious lack of ethics across all strata of the society, is the fact that many people are not able to recognise that their behaviour is wrong. The combination of a...

Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 12:00 AM

Communication and political strategy – a Trumpian approach

Every so often, I tell myself that I will not write another article about Donald Trump; no more of my mind will be consumed with his utterances, gaffes or Tweets. His recent comments and actions relating to the repeated school shootings, the Rob Porter scandal and the proposed steel tariffs have...

Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 12:00 AM

Blacks must work to take their seat at the table

The alleged utterance referring to African nations and Haiti, by the President of the United States, has caused quite a stir. To my mind it is irrelevant whether or not Donald Trump used derogatory words to describe anyone or any place. What is of greater importance is how Brown and Black people...

Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 12:00 AM

Adult bullying: How best can we tackle it?

Hardly a week goes by without reports of bullying in the news. More often than not, these reports feature children and teenagers as both victims and perpetrators of bullying. What is rarely covered is the issue of adult bullying. Outside of the occasional political analyst referring to Donald...

Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 12:00 AM

Unpacking Rwanda’s tourism potential

For a long time I saw tourism as a concept narrowly centred around major attractions such as beautiful beaches, amazing and unusual landscapes, activities such as theme parks, heritage sites and music festivals. None of these describe what Rwanda has to offer. The question often asked is, “...

Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 12:00 AM

A tale of my favourite book

My favourite book of all times is one I rarely speak of. Not because it is crass, crude, overly political or insane but because I often feel strange when I mention its name and receive only blank stares. I cannot judge anyone for not reading this book as it is a play and we all can agree that...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 12:00 AM

Kigali’s real estate industry – crisis or opportunity

Real estate has been a booming business in Kigali for the last couple of years. Drive around town and you will see new residential and commercial properties being built. Examine photos of Kigali 20 years ago, Kigali 10 years ago and the Kigali of 2017 and there is no doubt the city has grown...

Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 12:00 AM

Nurturing a gender-conscious generation

It is the year 2017 and the name Harvey is nothing but negative in the minds of many. Not only is it the name of a devastating hurricane but it is also the name of this year’s “Pervert Made Public”. I am most curious to see if there is a decline in the number of newborns named...

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 12:00 AM

Let’s seize the moment

Exhaustion has completely taken me over. Not the physical kind but the type which is psycho emotional and caused by external stressors in one’s life. No I am not taking tales out of the home, I am expressing a feeling which I am sure psychologists the world over are grappling with at a rate...

Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 12:00 AM

The joyful power of the diaspora

Two weeks ago I met another one of Rwanda’s truly remarkable women - I will refer to her only as Joy. But this article isn’t about her. Rather, it is about the idea behind this article which was planted from meeting Joy. The idea that so many Rwandans and Jamaicans who were born and...

Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 12:00 AM

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