Origins of ordinary things: Hamburger

A hamburger (short: burger) is a sandwich consisting of one or more cooked patties of ground meat, usually beef, placed inside a sliced bread roll or bun. Hamburgers are sold at fast-food restaurants, diners, and specialty and high-end restaurants, as defined by Wikipedia, an encyclopedia. There...

Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 12:00 AM

I’m just proud to be part of rewriting Rwanda's story - Sherrie Silver

She pulled off an epic dance show at the Kwita Izina concert, last weekend, along with the energetic performance by her co-dancers, the children who only rehearsed for two hours. Sherrie Silver was also one of the namers of the baby gorillas at 15th edition of the annual Kwita Izina event and...

Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 12:00 AM

The ugly ‘fantasy’ of social media

Social media has increasingly become a major part of our modern lives, and as more Rwandans acquire smartphones, it is quite common to find people engrossed in their social media pages. Logging into these platforms however, everyone seemingly appears to be doing well and living their best lives...

Sunday, September 8, 2019, 12:00 AM

Hillsong London to perform in Kigali

UK based worship team, Hillsong London, will for the first time perform live in Kigali, on December 6, at a venue yet to be confirmed. The event is being organized by Rwanda Events Group, a local events company, which said the concert, dubbed ‘Hillsong London Live in Kigali’, is...

Sunday, September 8, 2019, 12:00 AM

Origins of ordinary things: LED lights

From spotlights to downlights, strip lighting to different sized bulbs, not to mention fairy lights for the Christmas tree; LED bulbs have fast become the preferred choice of many homeowners, traders, builders and commercial developers.  Currently the most energy-efficient lighting...

Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 12:00 AM

Origins of ordinary things: Tin cans

Since prehistoric times, humans have always found ways to make food last longer through a variety of methods ranging from fermentation and pickling to salting, smoking and drying, but a method for preserving food in a nearly-fresh state had remained elusive.  According to History, in 1795,...

Wednesday, August 28, 2019, 12:00 AM

Letter writing and the loss of creativity

Isaac Mugabi, a journalist, recalls his high school days with nostalgia when letter writing was the only means of communication.  As an all-boys school, students often competed on who would receive the most letters, and in return, they wrote back just to keep the communication flowing....

Sunday, August 25, 2019, 9:52 AM

Origins of ordinary things: Lollipop

From a young age, people typically enjoy lollipops, a piece of hard candy on the end of a stick, but the pleasure they get when they are kids seldom fades away entirely.  According to history spaces, food and candy historians speculate that the first primitive form of candy on a stick...

Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 12:00 AM

Battle of the bands returns at Kigali Marriott Hotel

Live music lovers in Kigali will this Friday, be in for a special treat as over 10 local bands begin tussling it out in the ‘Battle of the Bands’ series at the Kigali Marriott Hotel. In its second edition, Battle of the Bands, is in an initiative that aims at boosting the...

Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 12:00 AM

Origins of ordinary things: Gas cooker

Before the advent of gas, cooking stoves relied on solid fuels such as coal or wood. The first gas stove, according to Wikipedia, an encyclopaedia, was developed by Zachäus Winzler in the 1820s. This new cooking technology had the advantage of being easily adjustable and could be turned off when...

Wednesday, August 14, 2019, 12:00 AM

We should improve fairness and safety in the digital world- Akaliza

A few weeks ago, Rwandan IT entrepreneur and advocate Akaliza Keza Ntwari, was awarded with the honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK. She holds a degree in Multimedia Technology and Design at the same university. Akaliza was selected, among others, for her...

Thursday, August 8, 2019, 12:00 AM

Origins of ordinary things: Microwave

Prior to the microwave, stoves and ovens were the primary way food was cooked. This method of cooking food was the norm and was incredibly time consuming. However, unlike most inventions of the time according to umw.org, the invention of the microwave did not come out of necessity or an eagerness...

Wednesday, August 7, 2019, 12:00 AM

Menstrual hygiene: Women call for inclusion in public spaces

More women are advocating for access to sanitary products in public restrooms to allow females to menstruate in a healthy and dignified environment. Menstrual hygiene management is a fundamental right for all women and girls. However, lack of adequate hygiene facilities in schools, workplaces and...

Sunday, August 4, 2019, 1:06 AM

Uwizeye: My role in ‘The 600’ documentary

Following its limited public release in Rwandan cinemas last month, ‘The 600’ received massive reception by local audiences. In two weeks, the movie screening had an attendance of 3200 people for just two screenings per day, and on many occasions, tickets ran out, prompting...

Sunday, August 4, 2019, 1:04 AM

What you need to know in your 20s

The bloom of 20s youth seems to offer a platter of everything including good health, endless amounts of energy and the desire for knowledge and self-awareness. However, as the playwright George Bernard Shaw put it, “Youth is wasted on the young”, is a simple saying that carries so much...

Sunday, August 4, 2019, 12:00 AM

Origins of ordinary things: Pool table

Pool, formally known as pocket billiards, is the umbrella term for a number of cue sports and games played on a six-pocket pool table, including eight-ball, nine-ball and straight pool. According to Game Stable Online, a popular web game portal that specialised in online adaptations of board, card...

Wednesday, July 31, 2019, 12:00 AM

Shema on introducing a new food tradition in Rwanda

For 13 years, Patrice Shema lived in London, England where he acquired his culinary skills, working with celebrity chefs. Last year he decided to return to Rwanda to exploit the country’s wealthy ingredients and create something new by making unique and authentic homemade gourmet sausages,...

Sunday, July 28, 2019, 12:00 AM

Origins of ordinary things: Darts

Darts is a sport in which small missiles are thrown at a circular target fixed to a wall. Though various boards and rules have been used in the past, the term “darts” usually now refers to a standardised game involving a specific board design and set of rules. The dartboard may have...

Wednesday, July 24, 2019, 12:00 AM

Shyaka urges churches to focus on family, youth

Faith based organisations in Rwanda, have been urged to recommit their efforts towards improving the wellbeing of families and the youth. This was during the celebration to mark 20 years anniversary of Christian Life Assembly (CLA), a local church located in Nyarutarama, Kigali. The minister for...

Sunday, July 21, 2019, 12:02 AM

Origins of ordinary things: Rubber bands

The simple rubber (or elastic) band is one of those nifty little items that costs next to nothing and yet has so many uses most commonly, holding multiple objects together such as bank notes and pens and pencils. Throughout history two types of rubber have been used to manufacture rubber bands...

Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 12:00 AM

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