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Kigali is changing and I need to change with it.

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My city is developing in my eyes but it is full of contrasts and paradoxes. I always wonder if my future lies in it or if i will end up moving back to Mageragere a deep village where I spent one year in a public school or even worse.

Looking at Kigali city today, you can't help but get amazed by modern skyscrapers that fill all business districts, markets that have been transformed into luxury shopping malls, roads and streets have been beautified while open-air markets found themselves adjacent to modern banks and international hotels. The new Kigali City Tower, an impressive glass-and-steel skyscraper that curves like a sail at its peak, sits on a dusty tract of undeveloped land.

The high-end housing of Nyarutarama and Remera built in a formerly rural areas have all urban amenities. Kacyiru, Kimicanga and Gacuriro poor informal settlements have been rebuilt and reorganized into modern single-family homes sending old residents back to villages. Yes, Kigali is on fire and it is certainly the city of the future.

But all this modernization has led to a remarkable contrast between extreme wealth and poverty which keeps increasing even faster.


The other day, I asked my mum if our future is in Kigali or if she feared we would be forced out the city and move back to the village where she grew up at nearly 90 Km away. She knew the kind of answer i needed to hear as I spent almost my entire life in Kigali and being relocated leaving the city life and my friends behind would mean a death sentence to me.

Nyarutarama is a luxury neighbourhood in Kigali
Nyarutarama is a luxury neighbourhood in Kigali.

According to my mum i can make myself useful to the Kigali ambitious plans by what type of knowledge I will be able to gain from school. She wants me to study pretty hard and focus on scientific subjects which could help me earning a good degree in new technologies or engineering. We both believe that good communication is also key to success. This is a good way of thinking but somehow it is an irony and I can still challenge my mum.

She holds a masters degree from a good European university on top of her degree in statistics and has been applying for jobs here and there for nearly two years with no success. It seems to me that good education is not good enough - on its own - or else something is terribly wrong!

I had always been interested in social issues and thought I would work with unprivileged and orphans as career when i grew up. But this is the time to reconsider seriously my plans for the future versus my city's.

My mum has always been inspiration for me and i am happy to explore her advice and this is what i am planning to do from next month. I will be taking extra lessons for math and physics and the good thing about it is that those have always been my favorite subjects. It is also a good thing that my mum can assist me. Also my English needs to be much better than it is today especially my communication. So as i said in my previous blog, I will be having intense business English at British council. I can only hope that one year at BC will do the trick.

My blog needs also to be taken seriously because it is where i express myself, and it's a great pleasure to share my life with the world. So i am planning giveaways for readers of my blog. Each week, all registered users who will comment on my articles will have a chance to win a prize. The best comment will rewarded. Prizes include concert tickets, luxury headphones and iPods. More details will follow!

With these new commitments being on top of my fitness sessions, It is clear the next few months will be busy and tough but it is a challenge i am willing to take at least until December.


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Aline Joyce Berabose is a keen reader and writer. She writes about issues related to youth and peace building. At 17, she has developed interest in blogging and global issues at early age. One of the brightest scholars in science, Multilingual and good communicator, Aline Joyce is involved in several activities including volunteering and debating.