Category: The Arts

From way back they define us, even with development resulting from diverse advancement, the ARTS hold a place among any society. Bridging people, cultures and lives they do. They hold more, yet untapped, question is; ‘Who is to save them?’

With events still making steps towards a ladder of progress and prosperity, playing tricks directed towards media isn't a direction  organizers should take. The My 250 Concert was holding its first edition, so I hopefully think it will need another light.

Event Organizers and Tricks played around Journalists


With events still making steps towards a ladder of progress and prosperity, playing tricks directed towards media isn’t a direction  organizers should take.

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Letter to Church Leaders and Christians


Most , if not all concerts organised in churches are free of charge, yet the artistes who perform toil it out till the concert is over- only to walk away with ‘May the lord bless you brother, the lord is using you tactfully sister, your songs are a healing brother, komeza ubutumwa muvandimwe (Continue with the message brethren)… ‘; same old words.

African Arts;a sector still at cross-roads- A


By Andrew I Kazibwe

Cross-roads!, yes indeed, comparing with how much the rest of the other sectors are developing.

A variety of rich creative acts fill the arts sector, yet a challenge still is in promoting and further developing them faces today’s governments.
Shame faces most governments as today the youth dominate in population-which wouldn’t be the problem (since to them and upon, nations rely ), but the growing unemployment, poverty and high crime gap.

Within our African education systems, the few countries whose learning institutions have introduced courses in Music, Dance, Drama, Music management, Theatre production, Film scripting and directing haven’t further defended these course- that is giving the public strong reasons to strive towards taking on such courses.

A scene from a play at Ubumuntu Arts Festival in Kigali 2015
A scene from a play at Ubumuntu Arts Festival in Kigali 2015

Most governments have made it plain for public to predict their next moves. For instance, a government will act quickly in its interest at levying any field that has proven lucrative-even without supporting its roots (or evolution), this further scares of the few budding sectors, since a creation of insecurity is vivid.

African governments would further create or further support job creation for these fields, if they fore see the potential creative arts sector hold. Potential not only in beautifying through fashion and architecture, not only in entertaining the stressed CEOs but promoting the nations’ images, heritage and more is the creation of employment for the youth.

Ever imagined how many jobs can be created under each sector under the Arts?

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!!!

Arts- a sector worth saving, investment


By Andrew Israel Kazibwe

What comes to your mind when the word ‘ART’ is sighted or said? With vast explanations and definitions, somewhere along the search, ‘Creativity’ emerges, which I strongly fall for. Though our indigenous identity-cultures of course, have over time been succumbed to anonymous traits we barely can define, but with pride we continuously grow them, a lot we fall prey of. What does the world refer to as ‘primitive’? To an African, look around you; food, dressing, architectural, livelihood… anything indigenous, say local is generally backward, unfit and not worth holding onto or nurturing! But why!?… There seems a hidden secret in the power of Arts. Most fame and wealth is derived or inspired through arts. Talk of music, film, technology, fashion…things we can’t do without. In an interview with Carole Karemera, an Artistic director of Ishyo Arts Centre in Kigali earlier last year, she paused a phrase, “Imagine how the world would be, without Arts!” With no terms like fashion and design, entertainment…This means separations of it from ‘beauty’. However, such beauty, all roots from the arts, and these derive inspiration from home. An Art is initially inborn, it is undeniably unquestionable, sprouts with wild curiosity that with good inspiration and nurturing, an embrace to the public it turns out to be!!! Even developed countries (in the west) hold arts industry as leading among income generating sectors, so why not, borrow that ‘art’ from them! Africans and African countries need to recognize, cherish and nurture the local arts and roots. Rarely do we proudly acknowledgement homegrown initiatives, politicians and leaders need to, since they are influential today. With honest recognition of an art, an inventive mind of investing in it emerges. Think of investing in something that ignites society into fun and relaxation, yet not harming it!!! Today investors are on a rise, but a challenge of arts recognition and nurturing is up. We need to unearth the buried art in us, recognize and nurture talent right from infancy, as through this, all that we long for will thrive, which is growth and developments.

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!!!