Freelance writer, researcher, photographer and documentary filmmaker specialising in arts and culture, environment and society, and travel in East Africa, South East Asia & Europe mainly.
When you see one of Stefan Budian’s fascinating treasure paintings, you are not just looking at a beautiful painting on canvas, you are looking at countless layers of colours, inspiration and life experiences. In fact, there is much more to them than simply what meets the eye which is why they are best described as ingenious multimedia art works.
Interview: Angel Mutoni, a young Rwandese who raps to show young girls, especially in her country, that you can think big and achieve your dreams.
Colombe Ituze Ndutiye has loved drawing from a very young age and was convinced that the career she was going to take would involve a lot of drawing. After trying her hand at drawing a couple of sketches, joining the fashion industry seemed to be the right way forward.
Chris Hirwa, 22, one of Rwanda’s most talented hip hop dancers, is determined to take the country’s urban dance scene to another level.
Augustine Hakizimana is passionate about translating traditions into modern fashion and it is at the Rwanda Cultural Fashion Show where all this came to light.
Dancing has always been part of Rwandan culture. What adds beauty to the traditional dances is that they are not only visually attractive; they are also meaningful, constituting a great reflection of Rwandan culture. Indeed, in traditional dancing, we find important elements of socialisation and identity which have been passed on orally over centuries.
Willy Karekezi is a young and talented Rwandan contemporary artist under Uburanga Arts Studio located in Kimihurura, a suburb of Kigali City.
What is beauty and how do you define it? A question which may sound so simple but which is, on the contrary, so complicated and multi-faceted to many. To better grasp this concept, I visited the Mursi, a local tribe residing in the Southern Omo Valley of Ethiopia famous for wearing beautifully decorated clay plates in their lower lips and other ornaments.
Alexia Mupende is very humble and does not see modeling as something that is just about her. Being an ambassador for Rwanda is a strong driving force in her life.
Anne Sophie Achera Misiani is the Nairobi-based young and talented Kenyan fashion designer behind the stunning brand Achera Designs. Not only does she create stunning collections, she also offers personalised services.
Born in Rwanda, Fathia Uwase, 32, left for Ghana four years ago with fashion on her mind. There, she studied fashion for a year at the Joyce Ababio School of Creative design. After graduation, she established her own brand called Fathia’s Creations.
The mention of the word hyena makes many of us flinch. But i discovered that these are not the ugly monsters that they are often portrayed to be. I travelled to Harar located in eastern Ethiopia where i came face to face with hyenas which live in harmony with human beings.
The one of a kind ‘Graffiti & Music’ event which took place in September 2015 on KCT’s rooftop was a first for Kigali.
Candy Basomingera has been pasionate about designing since her teenage years, while living in Brussels, Belgium. However, it never crossed her mind that she would one day become a fashion designer by profession, especially since she knew she would move back to Rwanda where the fashion industry then was almost non existent.