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A blast of our host country’s culture

Monday 6th September 2010
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For those of you who were too tired to go to the Expo, Satang from The Gambia gives a brief rundown of what was on display.

When the day’s session had ended and we’d heard short but educative remarks from the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and from the Rwandan High Commissioner, we somehow still had some energy and therefore decided that a visit to the Expo – a trade fair showcasing work and projects from Rwanda and across the region – was the way to close the day.

We went in two buses; I actually moved to Bus #2 because there were only guys there, so I felt special for a while and got filmed by How. However, Claire, Redempter and others joined the bus taking away from me my very unique status; this, however, did not do anything to dampen my enthusiasm. J A lot of information was exchanged throughout the journey among Nkabomers and about what each of us does. After a stop at the money exchange bureau, we finally arrived; tickets paid for by the RCS – thanks RCS!

Nkabomers went in pairs or groups to check out the stalls; these were huge and had a variety of items of interest to everyone: from a radio station operating live, to the Ministry of East African Community (MINEAC), to rolls and rolls of stalls from East African Countries selling everything from locally made juices, beads, bags, crafts and other colourful and bright stuffs.

Many, many people were present there with music everywhere and food being sold at fast-food joints. The atmosphere was laden with the type of fun and excitement where one is hopeful that she comes across an item that she falls in love with and just has to buy.

Two eye-catching items for myself and for my photographer were the fountain built with hot tea running from it and the radio drum. This latter creative and artistic craft is a drum with a radio inside it. It has a traditional feel to it and the radio can run on either electricity or battery or both – pure genius! It was made by people in the countryside, facilitated by the Rural Small and Micro-Enterprise, an initiative that enables rural people to overcome poverty. They had showcased all manner of things made by these hardworking and enterprising rural people.

We met an hour later at the designated spot with people carrying shopping bags that contained souvenirs that they had bought for parents, family and friends. A group photograph was also taken – we definitely could not do without that! – and then we readied ourselves to board the bus. But – someone was missing! (Name withheld for special reasons). We waited and waited and waited but finally she made it back safe and sound. We then headed back to the hotel, with discussions in the bus ranging from work to education to female genital mutilation, to the exciting plans we have whilst we’re in Kigali.

The visit to the Rwanda International Fair wrapped up a satisfying but tiring first day for us. 🙂

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Monday 6th September 2010 11:04 pm

    I didn’t attend the Expo and it’s so great to read this and learn how it was. Thanks

  2. Albert Arhin permalink
    Tuesday 7th September 2010 7:47 am

    That was interesting! By the way! It was also of interest to learn that you have a photographer. I think you should pay him well for the good job s/he is doing..

  3. Esther Eshiet permalink
    Tuesday 7th September 2010 5:41 pm

    Thanks Satang for the article,the missing person in question was me;i was just amazed and carried away by the arts on display and i lost track of time…it was an exciting experience though,did a lot of networking*wink*

  4. satang permalink
    Tuesday 7th September 2010 8:31 pm

    Sister.. i was just trying to safeguard ur identity n now u said t… but all good…

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