Rwandan Independence Day

Yesterday (Sunday) Rwanda marked 50 years of independence from Belgium.  As one might expect, it was a day full of celebrations across the country. We joined in, waking up at 530am to drive into Kigali for the main event in the national soccer stadium. By the time the festivities started around 10am the stadium was filled to capacity with tens of thousands of Rwandans, several Presidents/VPs and “distinguished guests” from around the world.  While the military parade, traditional dancers, and artists were impressive, the highlight for me was listening to President Kagame speak about Rwanda’s past, present, and future.

The military on parade

President Kagame inspecting the military

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