How to Support Kigali’s “Historically Marginalised People”

At first sight, the nursery beds and tiny cactuses in painted pots by the roadside look unremarkable. As in any other East African city, the residents of Kigali can conveniently buy decorative plants and earthenware straight from their cars. But the gentlemen who run the neatly arranged gardens that extend towards a swamp rich in…

Was Her Magic a Nyabingi Gift or an Epic Hoax?

Muhumuza (c. 1870–1944/45) Muserekande, born c. 1870, was one of the wives of King Rwabugiri of Rwanda. On his death in 1895 there was a succession dispute led by the Beega clan who championed Musinga, a son aged 15. Muserekande escaped, changed her name to Muhumuza (“She who gives rest from tyranny”) and attempted to…

Rwanda Is an Interesting Experiment

Francis Tapon is a globetrotter, best-selling author, videographer and speaker. In December 2016 – January 2017 Francis and his wife Rejoice travelled through the Gorilla Highlands of Rwanda and Uganda, on a quest to visit all countries of Africa. Where does your love for Africa come from? Africa for me was just a piece of the puzzle and…

Shame on You, Old Chaps

“One has to admire the English: they managed to run almost half a billion people and control a quarter of the world’s land—all that from a relatively insignificant island somewhere between Europe and America. Extreme self-confidence—if only Africa had more of that!” I read in the Gorilla Highlands Interactive eBook under the heading “Well Done,…

Love in Traditional Rwanda: Arranged and Communal

Love in the traditional Rwandan society meant learning to love the partner others chose for you. It began with a relative of a bachelor pointing out a young lady as a potential bride for him. This was known as Kuranga which translates directly as ‘to announce’. The bachelor’s family would then select a man as…

9 Observations of Kigali, Rwanda, by an Expert Africa Amateur

Hello to all, my name is Anika Utke. I am an eighteen year old American and the newest addition to the Gorilla Highlands team. My life one year ago is unrecognizable from my life today. I was a kid in high school that had never been out of the country before and was spending countless…