Opinion pieces

This Burundian Life

Rome wasn’t built in a day

I sometimes wonder if I lose some of you (if not many), when I include a Bible verse in my posts. I really don’t do it with an intention to preach or prove anything to you; I just use the verse as a reference, as I would use a quote by a celebrity or something....

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Let’s talk about boys’ education

One day, I was going through my Instagram and I stumbled upon this couple. They’ve been together for like 3 years and are so in love with one another (at least, that’s what it seems like). With the girl writing poems and the guy having a blog, they both love to write!...

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Success

So here we are, facing the world, hating its systems, loving its people, confused by everything. Here we are questioning our education, asking ourselves if what we’ve been building through our past will be enough to face the future. The past comforts us, the present...

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Creating an Aids free generation

I was born in the late 80s, and I spent my childhood in Burundi. On World Aid’s Day, I couldn't help but reflect on our story and what we have gone through as a society. Most of us suffered in silence for a long time being affected directly or indirectly. If we were...

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When did marriage become about

The wedding? I’m at that stage in my life. I’m sure I’ve complained about this once or twice before. A day rarely goes by without someone asking me "mbe uzoduha inzoga ryari?" I’m like, mate, if a party is all you want, how about I throw a big birthday bash where...

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Letter to Burundi

Dear Burundi, I only spent four days with you and unfortunately you didn’t have enough time to share details on the whirlwind series of events you faced this year; yet yesterday morning when our eyes locked for a few minutes, I felt palpable sorrows through what only...

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Keeping on moving

Insensitive. That’s what a friend called me when I made a sarcastic comment about one of those forward “Alerte! Alerte!” messages every Burundian is probably used to (and a bit tired of) getting by now. The message was about a neighborhood under police siege, but...

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This Burundian life… has been taken hostage

This Burundian life has been taken hostage! We passed the 40 day mark, since the people of Burundi have declared they will not accept to be governed by Nkurunziza one or x more terms. The people have tasted democracy and peace simultaneously and have refused to return...

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#ChaosInBurundi

I hate this hashtag. It’s so doomsday. I wonder what was in the mind of the person who used it first. I’ve never used it… until today. And I’m using it because I’ve just realised that shit is about to hit the roof, if it hasn’t already. Yes, I used the “s word” and...

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The April demon

The truth of the matter is, the ethnic bias is very much alive in Burundi. It’s not just alive; it’s legal, considering that it’s in our constitution. The Hutu get 60% of the “power” (representation in the government and parliament) while the Tutsi get 40%. (In the...

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Nta mvura idahita

Je voudrais dédier ces mots à tous ceux qui ont une dent contre l’amour… à ceux qui ont le sentiment qu’un jour, il leur a joué un tour… à la personne qui a partagé un bout de son rêve brisé, sur ce même blog, le 26 mars dernier. "S’ il suffisait qu’on s’aime, s’il...

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Muco wera

Akanyungunyu karaguruka kadandabagirana Agahungarema kaguruka nk'akatagira iyo kaja Natwe twatambuka tutabona aho duhonyora Inzira twacamwo ntizaboneka zaca zizimangana Twarakanura amaso duhwihwisha ntitwabona Iyo tuja ntituhabone namba hari umwijima Niho twabona...

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