Kigali has, in the past few days, been the centre of the economic and developmental universe. The city is the epitome of vibrancy and every citizen has gone on board to showcase the proverbial phoenix that rose from the ashes to soar again.
It is difficult to reconcile Rwanda of 1994 and today’s; they are worlds apart.
Many residents have been taking Rwanda’s daily changes of its landscape for granted; they never see it until it is pointed out by visitors. We have been taking for granted what other African countries would cut off an arm for but we just look on lazily without an iota of ownership.
Rwandans should learn to open their eyes around them, take interest in what is happening and take an active part in every kilometre of the development journey.
That is called ownership and it is what President Paul Kagame has been drumming for. Yes, it is difficult to keep abreast of all the happenings and developments, most of which are moving at breakneck speed.
But it is embarrassing when a seemingly educated adult is unaware that this country manufactures computers or that we produce the best quality granite slabs. Many are simply disconnected.
Maybe it is time the government started with its own citizens before showcasing the country to the outside world. They should learn to appreciate what they have and do away with such notions that tourism is for foreigners.
Until they shake off that mindset, they will continue to take a back seat as the world marvels at the speed by which this country pulled itself out of misery into a country today feted by the world for its resilience.