Sacred stories of the Orishas

I did a previous blog introducing the worship and culture of Orishas. I noted that I would be going through some of the stories of the Orishas. In some societies, these stories are called Patakis- sacred stories that provide lessons and teachings to the community and aid them with maneuvering life and how to stay connected …

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Vagina monologue (RMX)

Very often we read about the science of vaginas (in Rwanda at least) because it becomes a little more acceptable to talk about vaginas in that context. Here is a more social analysis. "Women have vaginas that can speak to each other..." [Dominique Christina: The Period Poem] I love the Vagina Monologues- its like one …

RWANDA’S CHILDREN

The new generation of Rwandans is so beautiful and hopeful. The importance of such documenting of history from the lenses of the youth is healing.

Natasha's Chronicles

Iphone pics April 2016 107Natasha D. Muhoza

(Kwibuka22; Our Past 2016)

 

Letter 1:

Manweli muhungu wanjye

Nakwise ntyo mukwizera

Nizera ko iyahanze Gasabo izahora iduhanze amaso iteka

Tukidegembya nta nkomyi

Maze ijoro rirakomanga

Bakuntwara ntakomye

Ntakira Gihanga nikomye hejuru

N’amakoma ntiyadukingira

Kuko ijuru ryari ryagukinguriwe…

I’m sorry I could not protect you, my son

I had vowed the day you were born that would protect you till my last breath,

But I was helpless that night… what could I have done?

They heard your cry and found our hiding place—

Before I knew it, he had grabbed you

Before I could stop him, he had driven a panga through your chest

Before I could gather any strength, the very—animal that had killed you had grabbed me too

He… raped me first

Then his two friends followed

Leaving me for dead, I thought I was coming to join you but…

I survived

I…

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The entertainment industry as a tool of empowerment: a closer look at the Miss Rwanda competition

I have stayed away from discussing this topic, however, over the Winter I found myself engaging in various conversations with numerous Rwandan diaspora and them expressing their opinions and frustrations with the Miss Rwanda contest. Plus, the competition is like on going and its about to be booming. Before I continue, I want to remind everyone …

Reclaiming our identities through names: from Inès to Amata

{there is beauty. rhythm. songs. respect. dignity. pride. history. struggle. resistance. in my mother tongue. everything i forget when i borrow the white man’s language.} All transitions are hard. Nothing concerning change is easy. I know this because ever since I decided to, well not change, more like take on another name, it has been …