Rwanda Fashion Week finale set for tomorrow

Rwanda Fashion Week (RWF), formerly (CollectiveRW Fashion Week), is back with an array of local and international designers to showcase their unique collections. In its 4th edition, the four-day fashion extravaganza kicked off on June 5, with a press conference, media tour, and master classes for...

Friday, June 7, 2019, 12:00 AM

Origins of ordinary things: Vaccines

Unlike most medicines that treat or cure diseases, vaccines boost our bodies’ immune system to prevent serious, life-threatening diseases. Wikipedia and encyclopedia, defines vaccination as the administration of a vaccine to help the immune system develop protection from a disease. Vaccines...

Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 12:00 AM

Muslim celebrities on their plans for Eid

Ramadan, the most important month of the year in the Muslim calendar, began on May 6, with Muslims fasting every day from dawn to sunset and refraining from consumption of food, drinks, smoking and engaging in sexual intercourse. Observing Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, a time of...

Sunday, June 2, 2019, 12:00 AM

Kigali Fashion Week is back, but all is not well

Arguably the biggest fashion event in Rwanda, the annual fashion gala—Kigali Fashion Week will soon take centre stage, in what organisers have promised to be a bigger and better show. Now in its 10th edition, the show will take place from July 4-6 at Kigali Serena Hotel, and will showcase...

Thursday, May 30, 2019, 12:00 AM

American filmmaker, Alanna on her upcoming film ‘Trees of Peace’

Alanna Brown is an American film maker and director working to have her feature film ‘Trees of Peace’, shot. The film is about four women who survived the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. The project was conceived six years ago when Brown was interviewing a woman who founded an...

Sunday, May 26, 2019, 12:00 AM

Is helicopter parenting harmful to children?

Childhood and young adulthood nowadays, is often characterised by parents being fraught with danger. Young adults are no longer allowed to spend time with friends unsupervised, or hang around in groups without supervision and children’s spare time is often eaten up by homework or organised...

Sunday, May 26, 2019, 12:00 AM

What to know before starting a business

Business is no longer perceived as a reserve for those born with a silver spoon in their mouth. Many people are finding a niche in doing business with the help of savings or loans. However, in as much as many people are jumping onto this bandwagon to supplement their income, the number of...

Friday, May 24, 2019, 12:00 AM

Meet upcoming music duo, Mevis and Godwin

Mevis and Godwin are a young music duo who began singing as fresh graduates from college. Real names, Godwin Ugochukwu, and Herve Germain Dusabimana, aka Mevis, the 27 and 21 olds respectively, met at Dream Studios, where they had gone to do separate projects. It is then that it clicked that they...

Friday, May 24, 2019, 12:00 AM

23-year-old hotel concierge, Ingabire, on the highs and lows of her line of work

As ayoung girl, Johanna Ingabiredeveloped a love for luxury. Now at 23, she has found a niche in the newly developing role of concierge at Hôtel des Mille Collines. The job entails multi-tasking and taking care of the well-being of the hotel’s clients, a role she attributes to her ability to...

Thursday, May 23, 2019, 12:00 AM

Namibian star to strengthen ties with Rwanda

Namibian artiste and music producer Gazza, real name Lazarus Shiimi, was recently in Rwanda with a delegation, and were seeking a partnership between the two countries in culture, tourism and music. Gazza, who attended Transform Africa Summit 2019, registered his new company Rwanda-Namibia, toured...

Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 12:00 AM

Is dowry still relevant in Rwanda today?

In the Rwandan tradition, dowry was and is still a common practice before a couple gets married. The practice has however, evolved over the years from giving cows as a symbol of unity to families negotiating for and opting for money. A survey conducted in 2017, by the Rwanda Academy of Language...

Sunday, May 19, 2019, 12:56 AM

The perks and struggles of co-parenting

Raising a child is ideally a responsibility that should be shared by both parents, so they can both guide the child at every step of their growth. However, when both parents disagree on certain issues and decide that they cannot stay under one roof, they have no choice but to share their parenting...

Friday, May 17, 2019, 12:57 AM

Mental health and hormones: Why women need to pay attention

Every month, Clarisse Uwera (not real name), goes into a state of depression and whenever this happens, it is a sign that her menstrual period is on the way. As a working student, Uwera often resorts to birth control pills to relieve her of her painful menstrual cramps and go about her...

Thursday, May 16, 2019, 12:00 AM

Over 6,000 hospitality, tourism sector managers and entrepreneurs to acquirebusiness skills

Over 6,000 entrepreneurs, managers and supervisors in the tourism and hospitality sector are set to acquire business skills they need to perform better, as well as strengthen small businesses in this sector, over a period of five years. The two programmes, ‘Grow Your Business’ and...

Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 12:00 AM

Mothers’ Day: The struggles of societal perception on women’s bodies

When Linah Batamuriza delivered her first child, it became a whole new world for her. Happy and at the same time scared for what was to come, she chose to ignore herself to concentrate on raising a healthy baby. She worked round the clock to do just about anything for her. “I lay awake just...

Sunday, May 12, 2019, 1:01 AM

Vincent Sezibera on the need for Rwandans to be trauma informed

The Rwanda Psychology Society (RPS) this week held a symposium to raise awareness among Rwandans on the different realities surrounding trauma and for psychology experts to reflect on their work in terms of trauma management, lessons learned, challenges and moving from the grassroots initiatives,...

Sunday, May 12, 2019, 12:00 AM

Kimonyo launches book on Rwanda’s transformation

Renowned Rwandan author and researcher Dr Jean-Paul Kimonyo on Thursday launched his latest book, ‘Transforming Rwanda: Challenges on the Road to Reconstruction.’ The book is the translated version of his French book ‘Rwanda demain! Une longue marche vers la transformation...

Saturday, May 11, 2019, 12:31 AM

Kigali silent disco returns

Decent Entertainment is yet again organising another silent disco, dubbed, ‘Kigali Silent Disco’, with a promise to make it like none ever, much better on experience. Silent Disco is a dance party, in which dancers use headsets to listen to music of their choice, instead of listening...

Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 12:00 AM

Miss Shanel in drive against domestic violence

France-based Rwandan artiste, Miss Shanel, real name Ruth Shanel Nirere, released her new track ‘Atura’ in March, a song that encourages women facing domestic violence to speak out, about the injustices. Speaking to The New Times, Shanel shared that the song was inspired by her...

Monday, May 6, 2019, 12:00 AM

Talemwa on how a difficult upbringing shaped his attitude towards life

Benon Talemwa is the author of a book ‘Mysterious Privilege: The Power of Faith and Resilience,’ a memoir that walks you through his tragic experience of a life under siege and deprivation. It is a representative story of one Rwandan, among others, who had lost touch with their...

Sunday, May 5, 2019, 12:00 AM

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