40 African Nations represented at Moscow Festival

The annual, two-day festival is the Moscows biggest celebration of Africa.

THEMOSCOWTIMES.COM: Africans representing 40 countries are expected to come together for Moscows Afrofest 2014 event,  an annual celebration of the continents food, films, games and dancing, at the Bauman Garden on Saturday and Sunday.

Russians dont know what Africa [culture] is, said Serge Phocas Odunlami, president of the House of Africa organisation that is hosting the festival. He said he hoped that the occasion would serve as a bridge between Russian and African cultures.

One exciting aspect of the festival is a rich programme of master classes that include traditional dance such as the romantic Kizomba and spirited Kuduro, both of which originated in the Southern African country of Angola.

Visitors can try traditional food from many different countries and watch a series of documentaries and films about the continent. Anyone can also take part in the popular African strategy game Awale, one of the oldest of its kind, in which players sit around a board and attempt to capture as many of each others seeds as possible.

Visitors will also be treated to a fashion show with African designers and a performance of traditional songs and dances by the Cac Oshala troupe from the West African country of Benin.

Isaano Arts Festival aims to promote Rwandas art industry

The Isaano Arts Festival started Sunday, 15 February 2015 with a mission to help promote Rwandas artistic industry.

Until Saturday, 21 February 2015, people from all walks of life are invited to join activities taking place at Petit Stade in Remera everyday, from 4 to 10PM.

The festival features activities that include a fine-art exhibition, art workshops and workshops, a literary gathering, and more.

International artists, including Tiken Jah Fakoly, Habib Koite, Thias Diarra and Cissoko Noumoucounda, will also be performing throughout the week.

The Isaano Art Festival is an annual event organised by Positive Production.

Rwanda celebrates annual book festival

This week marks the third annual Book and Reading Festival, organised by the Ministry of Sports and Culture (MINISPOC) through its Rwanda Library Services (RLS).

The festival, themed Literacy for Self-reliance, commences today with the launch of a community library in Rulindo District.


According to MINISPOC, the week-long festival aims to promote a culture of reading and writing, raise awareness about the role of libraries in Rwanda, and sensitize parents about their role in childrens literacy.

Throughout the week, RLS, together with partners (such as the Education Development Center, Editions Bakame, Ishyo Arts Center, Save the Children, Institut Francais, the Rwanda Book Publishers Association, etc.), will engage communities across the country in storytelling activities, reading sessions and competitions, as well as discussions.


The festival will conclude with a Walk for Literacy and closing ceremony on Friday, 20 February in Kigali at Petit Stade.

Rwandas Vision 2020 aims to transform the country into a knowledge-based economy; and it is believed that developing strong literacy skills will significantly contribute to achieving the goal.

Two short films by young Rwandan filmmakers to premiere at the Goethe-Institut

The Goethe-Institut Kigali Liaison Office is hosting this evening the premiere of two short-films by young Rwandan filmmakers Aimé-Philbert Mbabazi and Samuel Karemangingo Ishimwe.

The screening is taking place at the Goethe-Instituts office in Kiyovu from 6:30PM.

Read each films synopsis below:

Crossing Lines

Directed by Karemangingo Ishimwe Samuel and Mbabazi Philbert (2009) | Original English version, 28 min.

The 20th commemoration week of the genocide starts in Kigali; Kayihura a young genocide survivor locks himself into his house haunted by the painful memories of the tragedy. One morning he opens his door to stranger bleeding to death following a suicide attempt, after discovering the identity and the reason of suicide of the latter, his relationship with the past will never be the same.

Mageragere City Dropout

Directed by Philbert Mbabazi (2009) | Original English version, 29 min.

Nizzo, a 23 years old slum robber, lives the last days of his three years in one of the slums in Kigali. His disappointment in the slums encourages him to go back to Mageragere, his native village in order to start over. Nizzo faces the past he fled and returns to his former girlfriend Gasaro. But Gasaro has grown up and has become more inaccessible. She has finished her high school studies and dates the only motorbike holder and shopkeeper in the whole village.

Kigali-based fashion house listed among 50 most innovative companies in the world

Fast Company, whose mission is to inspires a new breed of innovative and creative thought leaders who are actively inventing the future of business, has listed Made in Kigali among the worlds 50 most innovative companies.

The Kigali-based fashion house is praised for helping to build an industry from scratch.

In a blog post, Emma Whitford explains why the company made it to the list:

[Scorpio Ramazani Khoury,] 26-year-old, a mineral trader by profession, is trying to lead the way—and in the process, boost Rwanda’s reputation as a global exporter (of textiles, of course, but also minerals). Her fashion house, Made in Kigali, expanded in a year to employ nearly 50 tailors, and is currently working with the minister of trade on a large-scale training center in Kigali that could handle 3,000 tailors.

Made in Kigali is listed alongside world renown brands such as Apple, Google, Alibaba, Instagram, Samsung, and more.

25 selected across the country to compete for Miss Rwanda finals

We now know who will be competing at the pre-selection of the finalists of Miss Rwanda 2015. Organisers and judges have toured Rwandas four provinces and the City of Kigali over the last few weeks to select pre-finalists.

They are all 25 and will be lining up at Serena Hotel on Wednesday, 7 February 2015.

Here is a full list:

Northern Province

  1. Florence Asifiwe
  2. Dorine Kundwa
  3. Yvette RUbazinda
  4. Colomber Uwase
  5. Amanda Melissa Uwase

Western Province

  1. Venessa Mogazi
  2. Flora Mutoniwase
  3. Sabrina Ihozo Kalisi
  4. Darlene Gasana
  5. Colombe Umutoniwase

Southern Province

  1. Joannah Keza Bagwire
  2. Belinda Mukunde
  3. Divine Ingabire
  4. Joelle Ruzigana Giriwanyu
  5. Angel Fortunate

Eastern Province

  1. Linker Akacu
  2. Balbine Mutoni
  3. Nadette Umuhoza
  4. Fiona Mutoni Naringwa
  5. Ariane Uwimana

City of Kigali

  1. Belyse Hitayezu
  2. Jane Mutoni
  3. Vanessa Raissa Uwase
  4. Negritta Rudasingwa Umuhoza
  5. Annick Lachance Nyiranganzo

Diversifying Rwanda’s Tourism Sector: Kigali’s Annual Dîner en Blanc

On August 10th 2014, the global phenomenon, Dîner en Blanc® took place at Acacia Gardens in Kagugu. Taking the pop-up, surprise concept to a refined level, these beautiful outdoor epicurean feasts are attended annually by as many as 15,000 people in cities around the world. After being the first African city to host this global event in 2012, this year marks Kigali’s 3rd official Dîner en Blanc®.

Globally, Dîner en Blanc® promotes friendship, elegance, and a sense of community amongst participants. In Rwanda, the annual event seeks to become part of the fabric of the country’s recently launched MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences, and events) tourism strategy. In May 2014, the Rwanda Development Board launched a new strategy for the tourism sector that will focus on the development of MICE tourism. The MICE strategy seeks to diversify the tourism sector in Rwanda by developing products and services for business and leisure travelers that will complement the country’s existing gorilla tourism, eco-tourism, and cultural and community based tourism.

Dîner en Blanc® Kigali is an annual event and this year, it attracted 585 participants. The event was attended by domestic tourists as well as participants from the region (Burundi, Uganda, Kenya, DRC, Ivory Coast, South Africa) and the world (Canada, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Australia, the Netherlands, Oman, and the US). The event has made its mark not only by offering a unique tourism product, but especially by promoting local business such as restaurants, caterers, hotels, retailers, musicians, artists, designers, and tailors. Participating restaurants and catering services include Meze Fresh, Sole Luna, Indian Chef, Brioche, Mosaic, and Catertoo. The location of the pop—up picnic remained undisclosed until the day of the when pre-registered guests were transported from various bus points around Kigali to Acacia Gardens in Kagugu. In previous editions, the event was held in Gacuriro in 2012 and in Gishushu in 2013.

The 3rd edition of Dîner en Blanc® Kigali is presented by Illume Creative Studio, with the support of the Rwanda Development Board, the Ministry of Sports and Culture, and the Kigali City Council. This year’s event is proudly sponsored by Positive Productions, RwandAir, SORAS, KK Security, Mille Collines by Kempinsky, MTN Rwanda’s Mobile Money, and Akagera National Park. Further sponsorship was provided by Haute Baso, House of Tayo, Inzuki, Sonia Mugabo Designs, and Tsapa!.

Remake of Pharrell Williams Happy in Kigali takes off on You Tube

Over a thousand people and close to a dozen local groups participated in the making of the Rwandan remake of the hugely popular Happy music video by Pharrell Williams.

Kimberly Ross, who directed and produced the video for YouTube release, said,

We consider it more than just a cover of Pharrell Williams’ music video it’s an opportunity to show the world a side of Rwanda that defies the many stereotypes tainted by the country’s tragic history. Its a chance to showcase all the dynamic people and the positive vibes in Kigali today.

We hope that this video can be a catalyst for a broader discussion on the experience of people living in Kigali, as well as on the media’s portrayal of Rwanda and even Africa in general which all too often focuses on negative aspects of the past rather than its vibrant present and promising future.

#Twahisemo campaign gains momentum ahead of Atlanta Rwanda Day

Rwandans have made it clear that they have chosen three things twenty years after the genocide, to stay together, be accountable and think big.

Ahead of the Rwanda Day, slated for sept 20th, 2014 there is an ongoing campaign dubbed ‘Twahisemo’- meaning ‘we have chosen’ through which the three messages have been clearly said and sent through social media around the country.

These messages have gone viral with every Rwandan from all walks of life; ranging from opinion leaders, politicians and artists and local citizen describing what these choices mean for them and how they interpret the future of their country.

Through Facebook and twitter, the campaign has called on citizens to Join Rwanda’s journey: 20 year with 3 choices. Staying Together, Being Accountable, and Thinking Big.

Some of the messages selected include; King James, Rwanda popular musician who said “the choice is to be human; while female musician Teta Diane also says that “the choice is to build the country”

New Morning Show Airs on Rwanda TV

Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) has started to broadcast a morning show co-produced with Legacy 45 Entertainment. Rise and Shine Rwanda will be aired every weekday from 6am to 8am and rebroadcast at 5pm.

Speaking to The New Times, Dianne Dusaidi of Legacy 45 Entertainment, said that all segments of the RTV audience will be catered for:

There is something for everyone. News headlines will most likely cater to an older audience, while the business segment will cater for those interested in entrepreneurship, and lifestyle is mainly for the youth.

The show is made available for you to view on YouTube:

Rise and Shine Rwanda is mainly anchored by TV and radio personalities Makeda Mahadeo and Regis Isheja. It also features Arnold Kwizera, Fidelis Karangwa, and Allan Karakire as presenters for sports, business and lifestyle respectively.