Ferguson not to blame for Man Utd’s current troubles

Refer to article, “Why Ferguson is the root cause of United’s current troubles” (The New Times, March 17, 2018). I agree with James Munyaneza’s view that it was a mistake for Sir Alex Ferguson to appoint David Moyes as his successor at Manchester United. But I don’t...

Monday, March 19, 2018, 12:00 AM

Ndi mu nama; are our meetings overrated?

There is a joke going round that January is so tough on people financially (with all the obligations, right after Christmas and related festivities) that if someone calls you for a wedding committee meeting, it is considered terrorism! Let me say that I have nothing against meetings, business,...

Saturday, January 23, 2016, 12:00 AM

Why team building should be conducted at beginnng of the year

There is an emerging trend in Rwandan organisations with regard to team building. An increasing number of organisations seem to prefer team building activities at year end. The activities themselves are desired to be stronger in form than substance. Terms of reference to facilitators are almost...

Saturday, January 2, 2016, 12:00 AM

We are very nice during festive season; can’t we be so always?

This article was written on Christmas Day. If it is a little mushy then we can blame it on the Christmas spirit. I hope that you enjoyed your Christmas; that you had a ball. Like the rest of us you either made merry, shared with friends or even went the extra mile to share with the needy. I...

Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 12:00 AM

How we can sail through El Nino unscathed

I enjoy a jog every now and then, especially cross-country runs. Of late, this has grown into an addiction, albeit a healthy one. There is nothing like settling into a rhythmic pace as you huff and puff the cold crisp air of the morning or evening. Then there is the sense of achievement that comes...

Thursday, October 22, 2015, 12:00 AM

The salient role of culture in our development

Most recently, this column explored various aspects of the Rwandan culture, the possibility espousing the same and benefits there from. From the onset, it must be understood that culture talk is no idle chatter; we will see why. Good leadership and governance, in both corporate and public sectors...

Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 12:00 AM

How culturally 'Rwandan' are you?

My three-year old daughter Lisa inspired this article. A while ago she was selected to be one of the maids at her aunt’s gusaba (marriage introduction ceremony). They made her a little ‘umushanana’ (Rwandan traditional attire for women) and she walked in front of the bride. She...

Saturday, October 3, 2015, 12:00 AM

Europe's big fat Greek problem and its implications to us…

Google ‘Greece’ and words like ‘bailout’, ‘meltdown’, ‘austerity’, ‘Banks’ shares collapse’ and ‘Euro zone’ jump at you. It is not a good time to be Greek- it is in the news for all the wrong reasons lately. One cannot...

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 12:00 AM

Are our university graduates universally competitive?

A week ago, this column commented on the status of technical education in Rwanda. From the feedback received, it is only fair and just that we talk about the other side of the coin- higher/university education. The simplest way to define higher education institutes/universities in Rwanda is that...

Monday, July 27, 2015, 12:00 AM

Rethinking education: Should we relook the TVET approach?

A few years back, I had an interesting encounter that has lingered in my mind ever since. While shooting pool with friends over drinks, this rather nice and polite bloke asked me a not so polite question. “I think I saw you somewhere yesterday?” he said. “At the University of...

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 12:00 AM

Fostering entrepreneurship among Rwandan youth; more questions than answers...

The University of Rwanda’s College of Business and Economics (UR-CEB) over a week ago posed a question that is and/or should be of key concern to the country: How do we foster youth entrepreneurship and innovation? Making of innovative young entrepreneurs who are job creators instead of job...

Monday, June 22, 2015, 12:00 AM

Lessons FERWAFA should learn from FIFA

It is said that a wise man (and, I suppose a wise woman too) learns from the experience of others and a fool learns from their own experiences. If there is truth in that saying that all of us but especially Fédération Rwandaise de Football Association (Rwanda Football Federation)...

Friday, June 12, 2015, 12:00 AM

We need more from African journalists

WHAT DO you know about Zimbabwe, apart from President Robert Mugabe? The Victoria falls perhaps? For instance, did you know that President Mugabe is the most educated President in the world? The current African Union Chair holds a total of 7 university degrees; Bachelor of Arts (History and...

Saturday, June 6, 2015, 12:00 AM

Education the German way: lessons for Rwanda

Recently I had a chat with a friend who happens to be German. The conversation veered towards their reputation for efficiency. German efficiency is renowned. It ranges from simple issues like time keeping to more complex ones like the famed ‘German technology’ in cars and other...

Friday, May 29, 2015, 12:00 AM

The Rohingya: has the world learnt from Rwanda?

Have you heard about the Rohingya people? They are a people found in the Myanmar (Burma) frontier with Bangladesh. Like other border communities the world over, they are found on both sides of the border.  Yet this normal occurrence has brought them untold misery. They are a minority on the...

Friday, May 22, 2015, 12:00 AM

Our banks must do more to enhance access to finance

Have you ever applied for a bank loan? What was your experience? Most people seem to have a harrowing experience trying to access financing from banks. One of the key reasons that are blamed for slow development of enterprise and entrepreneurs is the challenge of accessing finance. It has killed...

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 12:00 AM

Is language the major cause of Africa's woes?

A keen follower of recent news in Africa must have come across the various language issues that have cropped up over the last few years. The language question and how to manage it in Africa is one of the toughest nuts we have to crack. Dictionary defines language as the method of human...

Thursday, March 19, 2015, 12:00 AM

World Cup: Why Africa is always in trouble

I am not part of the Brazilian Anti-World Cup protest crowd. I am not with them. I do not believe in protests and as far as I am concerned, that group was not comparing apples to apples. For the record, I have nothing against the World Cup; in fact I am a huge fan. Having settled that, let’...

Friday, July 4, 2014, 12:00 AM

How was the AfDB fete relevant to an ordinary Rwandan?

The dust has settled on the African Development Bank (AfDB) 50th anniversary fete that came to our neck of the woods last month. The hype was good and healthy as was the resultant reflection that came at the close of the fete as a result of all the discussions therein. This is a continuation of...

Friday, June 20, 2014, 12:00 AM

The villager who inspired me

THE WORLD CUP is here. Billed the biggest sporting event on earth, it stops life as we know it, wives become soccer widows for a month as their husbands and  world’s attention shifts to Brazil this time round. And Brazil is such a perfect venue…the most successful country in the...

Friday, June 13, 2014, 12:00 AM