Scanning through most of the international media articles and global analyses, concerning the just ended election on the 4th of August 2017, I realized that Rwanda as a country and her people is still a mystery puzzle that the world can’t seem to easily crack.
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.
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.
A procession of beautiful girls dawning colorful evening gowns as they walk the runway, has been a few of the many highlights of Miss Rwanda events over the years. This beauty pageant’s inception dates back to 2009 when the first beauty queen was crowned. The franchise was then put on hold for 3 years.
MTN Rwanda will early this year launch its ground breaking mobile micro - savings and loans product, the company’s chief executive has confirmed.
Bart Hofker, MTN Rwanda’s new CEO revealed this recently, during an interview with Inspire Rwanda magazine, adding that the product whose launch date will be announced later will be branded ‘MoKash’.
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. 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:
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.
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.
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.