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The 600: a story of courage and sacrifice
The film The 600 documents the bravery and self-sacrifice of 600 Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) soldiers during the Rwandan genocide.
Tshepo Mokholo on the transformational power of architecture to inspire
The African Design Centre graduate on how growing up in an unusual house in Soweto would later inspire his career in design.
#GlobalGrad Tshepo Mokholo on innovating traditional architectural practises
The Soweto-born architect, who is also a former Emerging Creative, tells us how a chance meeting landed him in Kigali.
A South African architect and designer who believes in a human-first approach to design.
On the first national memorial to victims of lynching in the US
Designed by MASS Design Group, who have offices in Boston and in Kigali, the memorial relies on sculpture, art, and design to contextualise racial terror.
Rwanda-based photographer Chris Schwagga on photography as language
Burundian photographer Chris Schwagga uses photography as his language – and, just like words, an image can be very ambiguous.
Illume photographers take you on an aerial tour of Rwanda
"There is beautiful nature in Rwanda, but it's very important to know and see the rest."
American architect Josh Greene on why he chose to work in Rwanda
"It’s not just simply design, it’s a whole process that has really been enlightening for me.”
Yemi Kacoutie on immersing herself in the world of building design
"Architects don’t just design buildings, they also influence the impact these buildings have on the humans who occupy them."
Forging closer ties between African creative minds
The Sweden@ workshop brought together young creatives from South Africa, Kenya, Rwanda, Colombia and Zambia.
Christian Benimana on architecture that serves the community
In his talk, Benimana asks a series of questions about the capabilities of the built environment: can a building heal, can a neonatal ward celebrate childhood?
Kasha: Rwanda’s digital solution to a pervasive problem
Access to information and basic services can help women progress in the developing areas.
Devoted to urban planning
Born in Kigali, Rwanda, this MIT student works to improve and provide affordable housing designs in Africa.
SHE: Sanitary pads made from discarded banana tree material
Sustainable Heath Enterprises (SHE) manufactures affordable sanitary pads made from banana tree fibres to keep Rwanda’s girls and women in school and work.
Four ways Africa can influence design
A core theme of the What Design Can Do conference explores what Africa can do for Europe. These are the experts called upon for answers.
Christian Benimana: Architects don’t have to be local to think local
Rwandan architect Christian Benimana believes that the built environment should catalyse positive systemic change.
Shared Studios launches a new Portal to Rwanda
The project designs futuristic portals, allowing users to reach out across the globe and communicate with each other face-to-face.
African Design Centre fellowship programme to open in September
Based in Kigali, the African Design Centre has launched a 2-yr fellowship programme to train the creative leaders who will design a more sustainable Africa.
Jean Paul Uzabakiriho: Inspiring a new generation of Rwandan architects
Working in the Rwandan office of MASS Design Group, JP Uzabakiriho explains how the MASS philosophy is to encourage people to think differently about buildings.
Illume Creative Studio: Illuminating Africa through creative communication
Rwandan communications agency helps Rwanda’s growing brands and businesses express themselves.
Maria Mayanja: Upcycling and Kigali’s co-working spaces
Co-working spaces are a breeding ground for collaboration and new ideas, says Impact Hub Kigali’s managing director.
Teta Isibo: Rwandan-made products that mix modernity and tradition
With her brand Inzuki Designs, Teta Isibo is a Rwandan entrepreneur helping to take artisanal Rwanda-made products to the modern market.
Fashion house Mille Collines celebrates all things Africa
The recent Mille Collines show at AFI MBFW Joburg takes an elegant and contemporary look at ubiquitous African curios.
Barrett Nash: Innovations in East African motorcycle transport
Safe Motos is helping to give motorcycle taxis in East Africa a better reputation.
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