This Burundian Life is an open blog dedicated to stories and opinions of Burundians and non-Burundians who have experienced life, “à la Burundaise”. Launched in June 2013, we strive to bring you inspiring, thought-provoking, humorous and entertaining content all in one place. We want you to see Burundi the way we see it: its unique beauty, flaws, aspirations… its journey. The content you’ll read, watch and listen to here is provided by contributors from all around the world, in English, French, Kirundi or igitowner (a hip blend of all three).
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How many times do we hear stories of African stay-at-home husbands/fathers? Well, if there is one thing I am grateful for, it is growing up having Papa as a father. Despite him being strict, Papa is a very good man. He is also extremely funny, although it doesn’t take...read more
Hi Lovely people! You probably remember me from this post. 🤔 If not, that's fine! My previous post was meant to share my experience. Thank you to those who took the time to comment, share their experiences and/or express their support. To those who said I should be...read more
I have to write right now while I’m still pumped up from watching Black Panther. Wow, what a movie! Those who haven’t seen it yet, don’t worry; I won’t write any spoilers. But wow! What a movie! I went to watch it with a lot of expectations and I got more than I...read more
There are days I go to sleep determined that tomorrow will be better, determined to get up and work out, to get up and go to classes. I go to sleep determined to win this battle I have been losing for years. These nights filled with hope come and go, they are usually...read more
Ikiremwa muntu kiratangaje. Nukuri, nukuri, kiratangaje cane. Kiravuka, kirindiriwe cane n’igishika cinshi. Kigakundwa, bakacitaho n’umunezero mwinshi. Kikarya kigahaga, kikarira kikaryama. Umwaka uti HWE! Ngico kiratanguye kuvuga, kikarushaho gukundwa yemwe....read more
My parents were born in Burundi. Matana for my dad and Gitega for my mother. They grew up in one of the refugee camps that housed displaced Rwandans. That is the life they knew growing up. They went to school and came home to squalid conditions, barely eating, always...read more
This is my love story with mathematics, and why I decided to end it. For a great part of my high school life, I was in love with mathematics. Being in scientific section, many people would assume that maths was the most stressing part of my academics. The truth is...read more
I'm a Burundian girl living abroad where I'm supposed to be studying, but that hasn’t been going well lately. I'm almost 30 and single. Not a great life as per Burundian standards, is it? Where did the time go? I always thought that by now I would be married, my third...read more