Origin of ordinary things: Binoculars

Binocular is an optical instrument for providing a magnified view of distant objects, consisting of two similar telescopes, one for each eye, mounted on a single frame. They are also known as field glasses which provide a magnified view of distant objects. The device comes in handy when watching...

Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 12:00 AM

COVID-19: How some Rwandan celebrities are spending their time at home

With everyone required to stay at home as part of the measures to combat the spread of the new coronavirus, many people are finding creative ways to stay occupied and make the most of the two weeks of the lockdown, and local celebrities are no exception. Just like the rest of people, they...

Monday, March 30, 2020, 1:31 PM

Bored? You can still ‘party’ in isolation

Whether you’re working from home, or staying in with the kids following the latest COVID-19 lockdown, staying indoors for 24 hours at home, let alone a number of days, can be extremely boring and mind-boggling. With all bars closed and unnecessary social gatherings banned, people will not...

Friday, March 27, 2020, 12:00 AM

Gabonese student on pursuing music in Rwanda

Esso Zibi Andréa Laurène came to Rwanda two years ago to pursue a master’s degree. Last year, she decided to embark on music, with the hope that she would make a career out of it. The New Times’ Sharon Kantengwa caught up with the 25-year-old on her plans for music. Tell us about...

Friday, March 27, 2020, 12:00 AM

Obesity and stigma: A woman’s journey to a healthy lifestyle

It all started when she had just given birth to her second child. Her weight began to escalate and as a result, she began experiencing chronic back problems. “I found difficulty in even small things like bathing. The doctors said that obesity was the sole cause and advised me to lose...

Thursday, March 26, 2020, 12:00 AM

Origin of ordinary things: The syringe

Syringes are pretty basic, standard items that are used daily in the medical industry because of their complete effectiveness. A syringe is a simple pump consisting of a plunger that fits tightly into a cylindrical tube.  According to ominisurge.co.za, the word “syringe” is...

Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 12:00 AM

How artistes are ‘staying home’ amid coronavirus lockdown

Staying at home amid the coronavirus lockdown is no doubt the best way to ‘flatten the curve’, and artistes are not exempt from doing their bit and practicing social distancing. However, that doesn’t mean they have stopped trying to entertain us. DJ Miller, real name Virgile...

Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 12:00 AM

FEATURED: GVA Rwanda introduces Canal Box, unlimited fibre internet connection

Group Vivendi Africa (GVA), Rwanda, a new player on the Rwandan telecommunications market, on Friday launched CanalBox, a very High-Speed Internet connection offer for households and the corporate community in Kigali.  With its Fibre-To-The-Home (FTTH) network, the most innovative and...

Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 12:45 AM

Origin of ordinary things: Hand sanitizer

In the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic, hand sanitisers can be seen everywhere to prevent more cases, as it does successfully kill a lot of germs and microbes that could make you sick. For healthcare workers, in particular, hand sanitisers can prevent a lot of illnesses that would otherwise...

Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 12:00 AM

The price of sacrificing yourself for a job?

Often times, work comes with a responsibility that sometimes requires sacrificing your personal time, space, sweat, comfort… the list could go on, to achieve your career goals. However, if all you’re doing is making sacrifices, perhaps you’re paying too high a cost for that...

Saturday, March 14, 2020, 11:00 AM

Local museum to showcase women’s artworks

For a long time, Rwandan women have been underrepresented in the arts sector. It’s against this background that Rwanda Art Museum based in Nyarugunga Sector, Kicukiro District, will host a three-month women’s art exhibition, starting this Friday, March 13.  Jemima Kakizi...

Thursday, March 12, 2020, 9:55 AM

Origin of ordinary things: The wheelchair

Thanks to the innovators of the wheelchair many years ago, its users can freely move around, allowing them access day-to-day mobility and physical activity. The first known wheelchair, according to abilitytool.org, was purposefully designed for disability and mobility and was called an “...

Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 12:00 AM

Binagwaho calls for improved health education, gender equality

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE), Agnes Binagwaho, has called for improved health education and gender equality if an enabled world is to be achieved. Binagwaho said this at the TED Women’s conference on Saturday as the world prepared to celebrate...

Monday, March 9, 2020, 12:25 AM

Swedish head of mission on the value of women’s economic empowerment

Anne Höglund (pictured) is the Acting Head of Mission at the Embassy of Sweden. Known for its feminist policies, Sweden’s cooperation with Rwanda always includes aspects of gender equality and women empowerment. Höglund talked to The New Times’ Sharon Kantengwa...

Sunday, March 8, 2020, 7:23 PM

VIDEO: Up-close with Miss Rwanda 2020

When a video of her explaining her project during the preliminaries emerged on social media, many pledged their support to Naomie Nishimwe and hoped that she would be the next beauty queen. True to their word, the 21-year-old won the most votes and was eventually crowned Miss Rwanda, and Miss...

Friday, March 6, 2020, 12:00 AM

How food labels inspired one woman’s dietetic profession

Growing up, Leah Mfiteyesu wanted to pursue a career in the medical field. She was eventually admitted to University of Rwanda to do pharmacy, since she did not want to do medicine. When a new course, Human Nutrition and Dietetics, was introduced, it was a dream come true for her that she...

Thursday, March 5, 2020, 12:00 AM

Origin of ordinary things: Prosthetics

The definition of a prosthesis in the medical world is an artificial device that replaces a missing body part. An effective prosthesis delivers renewed functionality and is cosmetically pleasing, but it also serves to complete the wearer’s sense of wholeness.  The history of...

Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 12:00 AM

Groovy vibes as Joeboy, Davis D perform at Kigali Jazz junction

This year’s first edition of the Kigali Jazz Junction brought a groovy experience for jazz lovers as Nigeria’s fast-rising artiste Joeboy performed in Kigali for the first time. The monthly jazz show has made a name for itself as one of the biggest musical events in Kigali, having...

Saturday, February 29, 2020, 6:22 PM

Origin of ordinary things: Bottled water

The convenience of bottled water is unmatched, easy to stow in your gym bag, helping people stay hydrated throughout the day even when they are on the go. According to My Own Water, bottled water all began when the Romans devised a way of piping water from its source to places where it was...

Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 12:00 AM

The glamorous Miss Rwanda grand finale that was

As years go by, organisers of the Miss Rwanda pageant are working hard to grow its brand and become one of the country’s most entertaining shows. The grand finale that took place last Saturday, saw a huge turn up of revelers at the Intare Conference Arena, some clad in T-shirts and banners...

Monday, February 24, 2020, 12:00 AM