Vis Large

When I tell people that I spent about five months in a village called Buhanda in the Southern Province of Rwanda, their first reaction is “No freakin way!! You? What were you doing there?” Usually I would say research but that happened organically as I started my quest to find my roots by interviewing old people about their lives before 1959 in Rwanda. The quest led me to paths across the country. I’m currently writing a book in French about that experience but in the meantime you can read summaries some of the interviews here transcribed in their original language (Kinyarwanda.)  Continue reading “Vis Large”

On that Diaspora / Panafricanism thingy

[Initially posted on my Facebook page on Sept 15th 2016]

When I hear the word “revolutionary,” I swear I kind of panic. There’s a certain spirit that comes with it. Not long ago, I went to a function in Kigali where people were calling each other comrades. Eh! That was too intimidating for me I swear. I felt like I was in a movie set in Europe in the mid 40’s. Continue reading “On that Diaspora / Panafricanism thingy”

​Explaining Myself 

A good friend of mine who left Rwanda for a “better life” in Europe recently asked me, “Eric, why are you always criticizing? There are also great achievements in Rwanda.” I almost bounced him a “Kindly remind me why you left, again?” But I realized that was besides the point. Plus, he was right. I really do a lot of criticizing. Why?  Continue reading “​Explaining Myself “