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The ecstasy of obidience

Christians sometimes approach obedience as a way to avoid the negative consequences of disobedience. When this happens, obedience becomes a heavy burden. But God intended our walk of faith to be a thrilling adventure, motivated by our love for Jesus Christ and our desire to please Him. Obedience is about discovering more of God, not […]

Trials and tribulations of reporting the Burundian conflict

Trials and tribulations of reporting the Burundian conflict

My name is Bernard Bankukira, I have been working as journalist for over ten years now, I started off in 2005 with Radio Kwizera, a radio station based in the North-Western Tanzanian Region of Ngara. In Ngara, I encountered all sorts of impediments as a refugee journalist in an ultra-nationalist Tanzanian community. As the repatriation […]

Open letter to President Paul Kagame over the third term

Open letter to President Paul Kagame over the third term

Dear Mr. President, you do not know me well but I have been an RPF follower and your passionate fan for more than two decades. I know all your enviable career attributes, including the no-nonsense attitude both in NRA/M and RPA/F when you assumed the overall command at the time of need. You have championed […]

A coffin maker’s guide to heaven and hell

Somewhere in Kyebongotoko, a drunk man arrives at a fork in the road. He struggles to decide which turn will lead him home before resigning his fate to a game; ‘ding-ding-dong.’ He goes until a finger drops to his right. In which direction he staggers without much ado. Less than a minute later he returns […]

Burundi Massacres: Open letter to East African Community (EAC) leaders Yoweri Museveni, Paul Kagame, John Magufuli and Uhuru Kenyatta

Burundi Massacres: Open letter to East African Community (EAC) leaders Yoweri Museveni, Paul Kagame, John Magufuli and Uhuru Kenyatta

Dear EAC leaders, I hope over the last few days you have learnt about the ongoing massacres in Burundi through your Foreign Affairs advisors, your ambassadors in Bujumbura or through the hard-to-look-at images and footages circulating on social media. And if some of you are clueless about what has befell our brothers and sisters in […]

Rwanda’s referendum: a democratic choice for Rwandans indeed

Rwanda’s referendum: a democratic choice for Rwandans indeed

Much has been written about the amazing story of Rwanda’s growth in the last 21 years. There are volumes of statistics all over the internet on Rwanda being one of the most remarkable economic turnarounds of our era. Much has also been written about democracy and dating back to the writing of the Greeks about […]

Writing in exile: “home” is my mailing address

Writing in exile: “home” is my mailing address

When I was reading the life history and works of famous exiled writers such as James Joyce, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o and the poets like Nazim Hikmet, Mahmoud Darwish, Abdellatif Laâbi, and others I used to think maybe exile could have turned me into a better writer. Of course later I was forced to […]

A tale of two strippers and Mr. Innocent-PART 2

I got really angry. If sex is what they want then sex is what they will get. I looked for her stripper friend and slept with her that night, and the next and the one after that. Then I sent her a message and told her “I have banged your friend.” That’s when my life […]

A tale of two strippers and Mr. Innocent-PART 1

I remember like many of you guys out there,  by the time I was  18 or 19 I was  still a virgin and had never taken any booze. Anything that I knew (which was a lot)  had learned from books but I had zero social skills. You could say I was a third world nerd. […]

Herb oven roasted tomatoes and the overall benefits of tomatoes to our health

Herb oven roasted tomatoes and the overall benefits of tomatoes to our health

Tomatoes are great for healthy skin due to their levels of beta-carotene and lycopene.  Lycopene also has been shown to improve bone mass, which is a great way to fight osteoporosis as well as help lower risk factors for certain cancers. Tomatoes’ antioxidants (vitamins A and C) fight the free radicals which can cause cell […]