Category: In Rwanda…

On the ground in Rwanda- a real life experience…

Mizero’s designs shine in London

Mizero creates fashion pieces in the form of flowers and insect shapes, especially those meant for exhibition.

He says he prefers clothes for women because he believes that women have more articulate shapes, emotions, colours and mood, that complement his imagination and define fashion….

Africans harnessing forced marriages (i)

Much as African- which was not long ago (though even to date) is referred to a primitive, backward society, and to a much more extent we’ve embraced modernity through ‘civilization’, marriage is  quite an institution that we’ve ignorantly tarnished with blunder.

Among the primitive habit still creeping through many is how the older generation is shaping the current- through which results are to be emulated by the next generation.It’s quite peculiar, weird, or interesting the issue of marriage get; as more emphasis has been place onto preparations for the ceremony (I mean walking down the Aisle) and may be yes- binding it legally- all the way to Divorce Issues(which are a trend too). But we’ve always looked up to and upon the older generation for inspiration…

One female friend of mine came out honest with me by whispering that, “Marriage is a business today…”-which she complemented with a wink of an eye.

Forced marriages is a growing custom eating deeper into African society today. Noticed how young men and women will in a nick of time flash out a wedding invitation (same manner as if its ‘just’ a business card), then next we’ll hear is how they are ‘happily married.’

Strange is that- even that best friend of yours, whose fiancée isn’t well versed with his or her mother-in-law’s both names is crowned mister or misses a month later.

Well even when buried, truth is how culture is remembered on realization that a girl or young lady is pregnant. See- families then gear up wedding preparations, further sealing it up all before the almighty ‘Till death do us apart’.

In religious ways(just as it is amongst most African traditions), its forbidden to first of all sin through fornication. Am just wondering how further it gets for an action of officially religiously  wedding a couple-which is expecting!

Forced marriages have since edges been amidst society, maybe not for the case of violation of ‘human Rights’, but for actually crucial reasons.

From the African ancient cultural point of view, customs were a core value, from which society was built. Norms and taboos were a focus; for instance boys or girls were trained to be real men and women through hard work (activities like hunting, cooking to marriage and parenting), while with age; as early as their teens, any lad or lass was seen ripe for the marriage institution-and so trained or shaped for it.

Though most parents and families have claimed not to face the ‘shame’ that comes from the taboo of teens giving birth before marriage and rather of leaving a couple to think it through by themselves), events following up forced marriages are toxic- a cancer eating up societies today. Why Divorces are a trend, broken families a lifestyle, yet domestic violence a repercussion too today all majorly roots from the fact that young, lost couples are wedded, then left out to embark on Marriage- which isn’t a piece of Cheese…

Andrew Israel Kazibwe is an African- Rwanda based writer- curious about life, and as a learner openly expressing unfolding issues about it…

A letter to Rwandan Youth

It is from the heart’s wretchdness, with the longtime burning desire that he inks this.
A dark cloud was what shadowed and took hold of the once smiling, able, fruitful and ambitious lives of the nation. And with ignited wrath, greed,wickedness and innocence it merged young bodied lives. Blood spills were just a game, yet the wail and wary were ‘just a process to pass’. It had been instilled, a seed of vengence(for temporal power, wealth…)and they all had been convinced how lynchings and smiting throats would settle it all.

Dear fellow youth, it was able bodied, ambitious, talented, educated, hopeful, powerful…youth like you who were lured into bloodshed.

Manipulated into the darkest direction still registered in history was the Genocide, where youth were manipulated into using thier potential wrongly.

Rwanda fell victim, as youth turned against the elders, infants, teenagers and fellow youth- and through blooshed they rejoiced.
(Then he lifted his head high- there was a light that shone through his eye, like never before)

To you fellow youth, there is always room for judgment, bits of humanity with in each of us and more so is the power.
May violence, bloodshed and manipulation of the greed never take hold of us.

Rwanda lives to tell, a story from bloodshed to the light- hope, continued healing and love that the world has hardly witnessed.

May the youth prevail to more hold the banner of hope, love and more so a caution to humanity that the world will take lessons from.

Yours Sincerely


So the Oscars- now a platform for addressing Racism!

By Andrew I Kazibwe

Racism is more on the spot this week than ever before in years!. Yes, this week- why?, because this topic has been shone on by the famous legendary Oscars, which are quite a overtimes and high ranking awarding event.

Currently trending right from #Oscarsaresowhite, which has run viral via twitter, a campaign literally which has this year attracted a growing number of celebrities right from the Smiths, Spike Lee, Lupita, 50 Cent, Tyrees to the trending topic of ‘Should Chris Rock Quit hosting the Oscars?!’

See, much as the Oscars are being pointed at- they are gaining a lot of prominence, so are the businesses around them. Whoopi Goldberg’s reaction towards this whole heated debate is a unique one too- why does this issue surface and all of a sudden disappear!- Whoopie suggests that the public shouldn’t boycott the Oscars, but the movies themselves!. Could this be the therapy of approaching this issue from its roots?!- maybe!

Its surprising that #Oscarsaresowhite issues has for years been into existence, but it re-surfaces towards the vent, and disappears again!, Is it a marketing tool?, a platform for prominence for either sides or an irony?!

Actor and comedian Chris Rock is on the spotlight-since ‘his own’ are poking him off the idea of not hosting the Oscars. They do have an issue-which can clearly be pointed out if well looked into, but not hosting the event would rather seem not the solution. Wouldn’t hosting the Oscar by a black (sorry using it) more pass on a message to the world how racism should be put to an end?

As an artiste, if Chris Rock goes ahead to host the Oscars-which I hope he will (not because of the cheque, but the spotlight and the representation he holds currently), am sure he is to pass on a message not only to the Oscar’s committee-the selection team, the whites (sorry I used that again!), but to the world, which has for ages been haunted and scavenged by ‘Racism’.

Much as the platform is currently lucrative, Chris Rock will earn a reputation too by how he is to package it all.
While the blacks and whites in the western world are rambling and torn apart with ‘Racism’ and ‘Religion’, in Africa we are majorly torn apart by ‘tribalism’, which all cautions our humanity.

Good luck Chris Rock!!!

The Writer;
Andrew Israel Kazibwe is an African Rwandan-based freelance Journalist , a learner, Arts enthusiast and advocate. Passionate about what goes on within lives, he shares whats within, around and closer to you. Its an Insight!!!

Isn’t Religion a hope fading?

By Andrew Israel Kazibwe

It was just recently through a sermon that I reflected onto the madness we are surrounded and are drawn into. It’s the hatred, divisionism, the brutality, bloodshed and killings that are highly ‘trending’ within bulletins! See, I point to one thing, that those involved innocently or by guilt are faced with. See, at the sermon, we as Christians were challenged through faith- that the church is behaving contrary to its roots, roots that preach of ‘love your neighbor as yourself’… Islam and Christianity, just like other beliefs don’t teach ‘hate’ but ‘love’, but amaizing is what is being practiced today. See, religion, when taught to us is and was that one thing that brings a feeling of salvation and hope it is for the world’s peace, since from the outside, it can be defined as ‘LOVE’. Yes, divisionism overtime eaten further into all beliefs, all of them have faced twists, and as a result rebelled against each other. Christianity too has taken a strange route, that believers rather preach than practice and that hate is surpassing love! Within various Christian denominations like Protestantism, Anglicanism, Catholics, Orthodox, Seven Day Adventists, Born Again Christians among others church sections have further split, not to spread love, unity and build a God loving people, but rather collide- a friend referred to it as ‘Church Politiks’, that I ponder at it all times, church has been compromised, invaded! We’ve over time heard small, yet powerful religions arising amongst the Islam religion. Of late the ‘ISIS’ has come up to complement Al Qauda, Al shabab…, as they showcase brutality through media. At a point, am drawn back to ponder, of the long gone innocence that human once possessed- that’s way back before technology, money and immense superiority, yes when ‘Religion’ didn’t exist, that humans thought of each other as equal being worth living…It a thin line that separates each of us, since we all respire, and grasp for the greatest gift that is ‘life’. The question is ‘Who is to save Christianity and Islam?’, ‘Who is to save religion?’ and ‘Who is to save and revive humanity?’

Andrew Israel Kazibwe is an African Rwandan-based freelance Journalist , a learner, Arts enthusiast and advocate. Passionate about what goes on within lives, he shares whats within, around and closer to you. Its an Insight!!!