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As the polls close, what did foreign journalists miss-out, on Rwanda’s elections?

Today I brazed the scorching sun and traversed through four polling stations in Kabeza and Kanombe, as Rwandans went to the polls. Voters were calm; the climate was rather peaceful, the calmest election I have ever witnessed. There was also a feeling of excitement, mainly because these kinds of elections usually come after seven years and as such everything about this process has been exciting. Today’s poling stations were really well manicured and very colorful.

Marriott courting a Kigali ‘millennial’ guest list

Millennials, also known as Generation Y, are those born between 1980 to the early 2000s. As the Millennial generation’s global hotel spend continues to raise, hotels brands must adapt to this growing market. Millennials are taking over the world, literally. In Rwanda the youth (aged 14 to 35 years according to the ministry in charge of youth) constituted 40 percent of the resident population by 2013. Millennials are now the largest demographic on earth.

The intricacies of relocating Kigali businesses from residential to commercial buildings

On the 5th January 2017, Rwandans woke up to the news that all businesses (including NGOs), operating in residential houses, have three months to relocate to commercial buildings.[1] In the article, a city official said that the city administration had given written notice to businesses to relocate by the 1st March or face closure.

The reasons, given by the City of Kigali official, for this directive include the following:

Who said the customer comes first?

The customer, to me, in most instances is part of the problem and should carry part of the blame. It is a mere gimmick meant to sooth the ego of customers. Don’t fret it is ok because pragmatism accepts the end not the means. The phrase “the customer is always right is a fallacy a fellow called Harry Gordon Selfridge planted that has grow into a humongous inconsequential tree since 1909.

When did PR become such a bad thing anyway?

Last week when I discussed the recent Economist article, ‘Look before you leap; The notion of leapfrogging poor infrastructure in Africa needs to come back down to earth’, I noticed that various commentators returned to a familiar trope; a narrative centered around the existence of nefarious Rwandan PR (Public Relations) ‘machine’.

The PR ‘machine’ narrative is almost as annoying to me as the ‘western darling’ narrative that many resort to when commenting about this country.

Must I first own a company to get the recognition associated with being a “successful entrepreneur”?

Whenever you talk about entrepreneurship, immediately you think of startups, starting from scratch, young ambitious companies, 1 man shows and that kind of thing. You rarely associate entrepreneurship with established companies that have been in existence for a long time making millions in turnover annually. In fact anyone who wears a suit and works for a big company is scowled for being a sellout.

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