Rwandan Communities in the UK Celebrate Kwibohora23 and the Launch of RwandAir’s direct London-Kigali route, 8th July 2017.
The Rwandan community in the UK and friends, hosted by the High Commission of Rwanda in UK, came together on the 8th July 2017 at the Camden Centre in London to celebrate the 23rd Anniversary of the Liberation of Rwanda and the launch of RwandAir’s direct London-Kigali route. Representatives of other African Diaspora communities, and several African High Commissioners and Ambassadors also joined in solidarity to celebrate with Rwanda, to learn more about the country and the significant role that RwandAir will play in connecting Africans in the UK to their home countries. Other notable guests were High Commissioners and Ambassadors from several African Nations and representatives from Airbus, and other institutions.
Speaking the 400+ guests in attendance, The High Commissioner for Rwanda to the UK, Her Excellency Yamina Karitanyi, expressed her delight in welcoming everyone in attendance for “such a happy and meaningful occasion”. She noted that the 4th of July is also a day to celebrate and salute the brave RPF/RPA men and women that made enormous sacrifices to stop the Genocide against the Tutsi, giving Rwandans a country to call home, among whom was Dr. James Ndahiro, Chairman of the Rwanda Stock Exchange, who was in attendance and spoke on Economic Empowerment and wealth creation opportunities in Rwanda.
Echoing the message of His Excellency President Paul Kagame at this year’s national Kwibohora celebration in Shyira Sector, Nyabihu District, Her Excellency cautioned that Rwanda’s liberation struggle is unfinished – “we still have much work before us to create the Rwanda We Want.” Speaking on the progress Rwanda has made following its Liberation, the High Commissioner said that RwandAir symbolises what is possible when a government has a vision, and is bold enough to implement that vision. High Commissioner Karitanyi called on the youth to protect and expand on what has been achieved in the last 23 years and to provide the content for the next chapters of our story as Rwandans.
The Deputy CEO of RwandAir, Ms. Yvonne Makolo, paid tribute to Rwanda’s leadership saying that “all that RwandAir continues to achieve is thanks to our country’s visionary leadership”. Ms. Makolo added that there is no better testament to see how far Rwanda has come in 23 years than to see the country’s national carrier flying to London.
There was a raffle draw on the night, where a lucky winner won a round-trip ticket from London to Kigali, and another winner won a special Goody Bag, both courtesy of RwandAir. To mark the launch of RwandAir’s direct service from London, The High Commissioner for Rwanda and the Deputy CEO of RwandAir cut a ceremonious cake. The celebratory evening included traditional Rwandan dance performances by a group of young ladies from London, a dazzling music performance by renowned Rwandan musician Kitoko, and more celebration that carried on to late at night.
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