Kidumu takes a short break from singing

Kidumu performing live/kidumu facebook page photo.

Kidumu performing live/kidumu facebook page photo.

The sensational musician from Burundi,Jean-Pierre Nimbona a.ka.a Kidumu has stopped singing temporary due to a grave throat infection.

Kidumu anncounced his sad  break from  his music activities-studio and live performance, yesterday via his facebook page saying that he was taking a short break to undergo serious medical treatment.”I will be taking a short break’ ,said Kidum’to all my fans in Kenya and in the whole East Africa, you just need to pray for me.Thank you and God is good.’ he added

The talented artist is based in Nairobi,Kenya where he regularly  performs in many gigs in addition to his hot concerts in East ,Central Africa ,Europe and North America.

Kidumu and his band are known for their excellent live performance in which Jean Pierre sings ,dances and plays drums. He is really a full musician.

He has also made several big collabo with East and Central African artists,one ot those hit collabos  is ‘Nitafanya’ with Lady Jay Dee from Tanzania.The track was a major hit in East Africa and the great lakes region.

Jean-Pierre also won Kora award in 2012-one of the prestigious music prizes in Africa. The song that nominated him is ‘Mulika mwizi’.

His fans from all over the world are wishing him a quick recovery.

 

Kigali Up again

The famous Rwandan music festival known as Kigali Up took place last weekend.Music lovers from Kigali enjoyed performance by various  artists from around the World.Some of musicians who rocked the crowd includes  Rafiki,Christian,Joe Blake ,Strong Voice.Below are the pictures   2003 edition of one of the great Rwandan music event;

Christian  from Rwanda performing live

Christian from Rwanda performing live

 

Nubian Gypsis-a band from Rwanda

Nubian Gypsis-a band from Rwanda

 Strong Voice -a young reggae band

Strong Voice -a young reggae band

 

 

 

Kigali fashion week closes in style

models

Kigali fashion week, a week creative designers from various parts of the world showcase their amazing work closed last Friday night at Bamboo roof top restaurant downtown Kigali.

The event was organized by the house of fashion Rwanda as a fundraising initiative to start the” school of Arts”.

According to the organizers ‘kigali fashion week’ is also an inspiration and encouragement to boost and nature innovation in both creative and commercial endeavors in Rwanda’s new era of creative economy.

Local, regional and international fashion designers from various countries including among others: Uganda, U.S.A, Kenya, Burkina Faso showcased their creative work during Kigali fashion week.

audience having fun and enjoying the show

audience having fun and enjoying the show

The final fashion show was graced by various well-known personalities including Sonia Rolland, former Miss France and Rose Kabuye, former Kigali city mayor who was also chief of state protocol. The guest of honor was Mr.Protais Mitali, the minister of sports and culture.

Kigali fashion week’s final show was hosted by the famous Kenyan corporate emcee DNG and Ms Bonita.

The beautiful, elegant, talented and well –dressed Rwandan models impressed the audience with their marvelous and stylish walk.

 

Teta wins Banque Populaire Entrepreneurship awards as GEW Rwanda wraps up

Teta Isibo ,winner of Banque Populaire Entrepreneurship Award

Teta Isibo  owner of Inzuki design a brand that specializes in Jewellery,accessories and House decor won Banque Populaire award last weekend during the closing ceremony of Global Entrepreneurship week Rwanda 2012.She also received 2million francs ,mentorship , office space. and an opportunity represent Rwanda in a  pan-African business competition in South Africa.

A Rwandan tech startup goes to Silicon valley

Ms. Hermione addressing the audience

Yesterday ‘Startup World’ competitions – a program to boost startups ,technology entrepreneurship and innovation ,took place in Kigali,Rwanda.

The organizers say that they have identified 36 Tech hub cities around the world and will hold regional pitching competitions, with ten entrepreneurs pitching to a panel of expert judges in each city.

Ms Violette Uwamutara ,the country director of Digital Opportunity Trust Rwanda ,a non-profit organization which partnered with Startup World to organize local competition  opened the event and introduced the host Hermione Way ,the co-founder of Startup World and video director of The Next Web.

Kigali event was the third stop in startup world Africa.“In startups and innovation Rwanda put itself on the world map” Ms. Way  told the audience.”If you have an idea,a laptop and internet connection you can start your company”.

Rwandan semi-finalists had three minutes to pitch their tech business and then answer challenging questions from the seasoned panel judges.

Kigali panel of proficient  judges were:Jacque Kayonga ,CEO of Banque Rwandaise de Development,Prof. Bruce Krough professor at Carnegie Mellon University,Rica Rwigamba Head of RDB Tourisme and Conservation,Patrick Kabagema CEO,founder of Rock Global Consulting and Antoine Sebera CEO ,Broadband System Corporation.

After interesting pitches of local innovators who impressed the audience with their innovative projects which aim to use ICT in solving various local problems in different economy sectors such us agriculture,marketing,education,research etc…the panel broke  to deliberate.

After the judges’ break ,Ms. Way announced the Rwandan finalist startup which was Zilincio Creative-a Startup that presented a crowd funding software.According to Startup World founders the winner from each city will travel to Silicon valley for grand showdown in early 2013.

Each semi-finalist company received a gift and got sponsorship opportunity for one team member to learn a business development course.

“We had over one hundred startups applied but we have ten finalists”said Ms. Way ,she thanked and encouraged all semi-finalists for their good work.”we want to bring silicon valley to Rwanda and take Rwanda to silicon valley,”she added

Speaking at the occasion Mr Didier Nkuriyimfura ,the Director General in charge of ICT in the Ministry of Youth and ICT who was the Keynote speaker said :”today is important for our semi- finalists.These questions you were asked will help you to move to the next level.”This competition is one of the series of events we want in Kigali,” he added

The Future of Education: What is Online Learning’s Influence?

As technology continues to become integrated into every aspect of the human experience, some debate exists over the ever-growing expansion of online schooling opportunities. Today’s guest post by education writer Linda Zabriske touches on this debate and outlines the benefits, particularly for those in developing nations where traditional learning environments are more difficult to come by.

Online universities are making education more democratic and open than ever before as they not only provide resources for graduate level coursework and research for those looking to expand skill sets, but they deliver them to a wider array of students. For those in the US and other developed nations, this means that there are fewer obstacles in the way of achieving one’s goals, but for those in developing nations, online resources can save lives and dramatically improve the quality of life for entire communities. Not only has online education made learning more convenient, it has opened up the academic world to millions.

Still, many are not convinced that the shift is for the better. While information is being broadcast into the furthest reaches of the globe, is it possible that the overall quality or value of education will suffer? Are we losing the intellectualism that has served as the foundation of education for centuries.

A survey of more than 10,700 faculty members at public colleges and universities found that 70% of all faculty members believe the learning outcomes of online courses to be inferior to face-to-face instruction. Even still, online education has continued to grow rapidly, both with wholly online schools and with courses offered at prestigious traditional universities. Many professors judge online education with a different set of criteria. “The access issue trumps everything else,” according to education researcher Jeff Seaman. “The ability to get somebody in a course that they would not ordinarily be able to take, to finish that degree, to pursue that career, to do whatever, is sufficient.”

Online education is viewed as a means for students to garner marketable skills, but there may be a trade-off, particularly for students who might otherwise attend traditional institutions. Students may miss out on the opportunities to dabble in courses and disciplines that they would otherwise never experience. Liberal arts requirements are a staple of most esteemed universities. Courses on, for instance, classical music, Latin, or astronomy are the sort of requirements that are largely stripped away in online learning venues. Granted, none of these are going to offer much in the way of easily marketable job skills, but isn’t there value that employers do not ostensibly measure?

In addition, the experience of learning through social interactions with peers and faculty are greatly diminished when the focus is so specifically tailored to specific job descriptions.

While these are valid concerns, many still suggest the benefits offered by online resources to those in poor undeveloped nations far outweigh any downsides. In Rwanda, for instance, where no more than 5% of the adult population achieved secondary education through 1996, technological innovations have lead to enhanced collaboration and social-learning opportunities for students. Today, there are multiple options for online education scholarships designed strictly for students in developing nations, making education online even less of a burden. Especially in these developing nations, the rewards appear to far outweigh the investment, and Rwanda’s government has even taken notice, funding programs designed to bring laptops to grade-school children and digital learning materials to improve primary school teaching.

While the benefits of online education seem most obvious at the grade-school level in underprivileged areas, research from the US Dept. of Education found that it was college students who showed the greatest improvement when enrolled online, further muddying the debate. Online education is undoubtedly useful, and it’s prevalence worldwide will certainly be an asset to our most troubled regions, but online education clearly misses the mark on some less quantifiable benefits. Traditional campuses offer life experience and cultural diversity. Whether online education will be able to offer similar benefits remains to be seen.

The author is currently a staff writer for www.OnlineGraduatePrograms.com, a detailed resource for finding online graduate programs and other important information regarding the online schooling experience.

The importance of business and professional networking

‘Networking’ means forming business connections and contacts through informal meetings. Business and professional networking serves many purposes: general marketing, sales, recruiting, job-hunting, knowledge exchange, and business development.

A saying goes: “It is not what you know but who you know.” The good jobs and business deals come from connections. Networking will make you develop lasting, dependable and equally valuable relationships with other professionals and entrepreneurs.

There are many events that can be used as networking opportunities, including, among others: conferences, workshops, meetings, and parties. When a professional, entrepreneur or even student attends those events it is most likely that they will meet likeminded people with whom they can first exchange contacts and develop dependable relationships for their respective business’ or career’s growth.

Last year I attended a friend’s goodbye party where I met a medical student from Germany who had just arrived in Rwanda for an internship. The student asked me to help him improve his basic Kinyarwanda and brief him about the Kigali lifestyle. During that event he also met a compatriot from his hometown.

In addition to the above mentioned advantages, a business person can find potential clients for their products and services. If you are unemployed it is also possible to meet potential employers who are looking for your qualifications.

Kiki Mwobobia is a magazine editor from Kenya. She says that she uses LinkedIn, a social media website for professional and business networking.

“The organization I work at sponsors events too and people from around the country plus professionals attend the talks offered. I use this platform to interact with them and acquire information that could help me in my career,” adds Kiki.

The Internet has made networking easy and fast. It is only a click away, and you meet professionals and business community members from around the world.

Some of the most used websites include LinkedIn.com, mentioned above. It is a social media platform for professionals, graduates and business people, it helps its users to network and join discussion groups where they talk about issues related to their careers.

AfricaAlumni.com is a global network for African professionals and entrepreneurs. It publishes career resources and articles for career development. It also posts job adverts primarily located in Africa, and has a business directory that enables users to advertise their businesses to a global audience. You can also find a mentor through this website.

Linda Bach is a newspaper journalist from Kenya who networks through social media, mostly Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

“I have gained a lot from Facebook. There was this time I learnt about a workshop in Ghana on the International journalists network (IJnet) Facebook page. I applied and was picked…it was a worthwhile experience because I met journalists who I network with to date,” says Linda.

“I also network through KENSJa…an association of science journalists…Through this association I have attended various workshops that are beneficial to my career,” she adds.

Flavien Ngendahayo is a health worker and a university lecturer. He also networks mainly for his teaching, related research and others jobs he does parallel to his teaching position. He often uses the Internet to network.

Yves Nsengiyumva is a young business gentleman from Musanze in Rwanda’s Northern Province. He said in a phone interview that his networking strategy is getting brokers’ contacts. They help him find information he needs in his agricultural products sales business.

Business people, professionals and aspiring professionals alike should not underestimate networking because it will sooner or later advance their businesses and careers.

 

Gilles Dusabe exhibits his contemporary art work in Rwanda

some of paintings exhibited

Last weekend a contemporary art exhibition took place at Sunset Villas in Kigali, Rwanda. The solo exhibition was titled ‘Bliss of the Unknown’.

Gilles Dusabe said that the exhibition title means the pleasure of not knowing what will happen tomorrow or in few minutes…An approach to life with the children eyes. The artistic work exhibited included paintings and sculptures.

Gilles has exhibited his work in various prestigious exhibitions in European and Asian countries include France, Belgium, Switzerland, Korea, Austria and Japan. The contemporary artist now teaches art and design at Green Hills Academy in Kigali, Rwanda

Gilles Dusabe is also a filmmaker, he was born in Geneva, Switzerland.

An hippopotamus sculpture
Photos:Gilles Dusabe

Can arts lead to reconciliation?

Goethe-Institute Kigali in cooperation with Never Again Rwanda organized on open discussion forum on the role of arts in reconciliation, on May 24 at the Goethe-Institute’s grand studio in Kacyiru, Kigali.

Panelists were local renowned arts personalities and leaders including: Hope Azeda, a leading figure in Rwandan theatre and the founder of the Mashirika dance and theatre group; Odile Gakire Katese, a Rwandan actor, director and writer who is an artistic director of Ingoma Nshya, a female drummers initiative; and Elizabeth Spackman, who currently teaches in the department of literature at the Kigali Institute of Education (KIE).

In his introductory remarks, the Goethe-Institute Kigali director Dr.Peter Stepan said that the inspiration for initiating the discussion forum in Rwanda was a big conference that took place in South Africa where participants reflected on the role of arts in healing and how it can contribute to reconciliation.

The debate moderator was Ariane Zaytzeff, a French theatre artist and PhD student. She opened the discussion by asking panelists to explain reconciliation as a concept. In their comments, all panelists tried to explain reconciliation based on their artistic works and knowledge.

“The concept of reconciliation, I approach it in the sense of bringing people together,” said Gakire. “What is important is coming together.” She also said that arts can play a bigger role in rebuilding, as it was also used as propaganda tool.

During Rwanda’s troubled history, some artistes used their talent to incite hatred and violence, which led to the 1994 genocide against the Tutsis.

Azeda said that she sees reconciliation as a pillar of humanity. “I see reconciliation as a need, so as an artist I should seek it,” said Azeda.

Azeda said also that in her first artistic production, titled ‘Amashyiga ya Sehutsitwa’ (Firestones of Sehutsitwa, a play reflecting the history of Rwanda), she explained that sections or ethnic groups are like firestones: for a meal to cook, it needs the support of three firestones. “We all need each other,” Azeda added.

Spackman focused her work on recently demobilized former child-soldiers, in a play called ‘Hozwa Mwana w’Urwanda.’ It translates to mean a Rwandan weeping child should be cared for. It depicts the life of a group of boys recently returned from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and their recollections of the forest and war. The piece also delves into their stories of homecoming and their current transition and integration into society.

Spackman said that those demobilized youth did amazing work. “Working something together is important,” she added.

The expert panelists also took a close look at how they use their art work in reconciliation, and analyzed whether reconciliation is a goal to reach. “I think reconciliation must be a process,” said Spackman. “It is a daily work.”

After a lively discussion of panelists, the audience, which was mostly comprised of youth, also had time to make comments and ask questions on the event’s theme.

Gaby, a member of ‘Ingenzi,’ an association of young genocide survivors, said that arts are a powerful tool to get a message across to a lot of people.

Azeda, answering a question from one participant on the role of arts in reconciliation, said: “We use arts to focus on what we share in common, hence we are going towards reconciliation.”

Open forums to discuss social issues play a significant role in post-conflict countries’ efforts towards reconciliation and sustainable peace.

South by Southwest festival 2012 wraps up

Photo:SXSW Facebook page

 

One of the world’s largest festivals, known as South by Southwest, took place in Austin, Texas March 9 until March 18.

This significant festival had three categories: interactive media from March 9-13, film from March 9-17, and music from March 13-18.

According to South by Southwest (SXSW, Inc.), a private company based in Austin Texas, the conferences and festivals “offer the unique convergence of original music, independent film, and emerging technologies.” The organizers add: “Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW is the premier destination for discovery.”

This year, SXSW interactive media conference guest speakers included Jill Abramson, editor-in-chief of The New York Times daily, who talked about the future of the newspaper on the American east coast, face to face with Evan Smith, editor-in-chief of the Texas Tribune. DJ Patil, current chief data scientist of Greylock Partners and formerly of LinkedIn and eBay, was also a panelist.

Drew Houston, co-founder of DropBox, was also there. DropBox is a start-up company that helps its users store their data and content online and share it with other users on other sites. He talked about his experience before cofounding his company.

Some of the film events included the SXSW Film Intermission Party, formerly known as the film closing party.

One of the artists who graced the SXSW music festival was Mike Rocket. He was performing at SXSW for the first time. Mike Rocket has played in the New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia areas for over 10 years as a solo artist and with his band Mike Rocket and the Stars.

The first South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival was held in 1987 in Austin, Texas. Although Austin was not a Top 20 major market at the time, its background and spirit made it the best place for the conference.

Since then, the event has been a starting point for new talent. New media and Internet-based projects, presentations, music concerts, and film screenings give exposure for creators and entertainment for audiences from different parts of the world. Conference panel talks provide a learning opportunity, and business blooms at the SXSW Trade Show. The trade fair for creative industries provides networking opportunities for professionals, entrepreneurs, students, and aspiring artists.

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