The TBL team

Here is a small hello from the people who edit, arrange and sometimes write the stories you read on This Burundian Life.


ChrisKarl-Chris Robert Nsabiyumva

People usually call me Kris. I started blogging, pretty randomly, in 2011, sharing my life experiences and the lessons I had learnt from them, and talking about life in Burundi through a blog called “Mister Burundi”… And then I thought, hey, what if I get other people to talk about their Burundian lives? And that is how this adventure started.

I’m not a full-time blogger by the way… Like most people, I wake up every morning and go to work. I have a Business Economics degree from the University of Buckingham in the UK. When I’m not working, handling TBL business, scrolling through Social media timelines, tweeting (@Mr_Burundi)… I’m most likely doing other stuff that normal people do like daydreaming, eating, hanging out, and eventually sleeping.


DSC_0053Millie Raïssa Gateka

I spend most of my day working with spreadsheets, reading the news, textbooks and research papers, and writing assignments, résumés, and cover letters… because I am an MBA student. But I also am in love with everyday random human stories of this World. So, sometimes I write random blog posts.

I call myself a third culture kid, born in Burundi to Burundian parents, raised in Ethiopia and a nomad since I turned 18. So I am very culturally confused. This Burundian Life is where I learn about strangers and the stories they share, “the Burundian life” in the eyes of my country mates, and also share my unique Burundian experience. I tweet @msmiraiga

Judicaël Ihorimberejudi

Born in Burundi, I left it a few years ago for university studies in computer science, but somehow brought it along with me.

During my free time, you will generally find me on news websites, particularly those with a focus on Burundi. I also spend a lot time watching Kirundi and wildlife documentaries as well as sports. Besides this, I appreciate discovering and meeting people from other cultures and learning from them.

I enjoy spending time with my friends laughing, joking, and participating in a few debates here and there. I also like sharing stories about my personal experiences and encounters, taking a real pleasure in writing, mostly in Kirundi. It is my hope that This Burundian Life will bring something positive to the readers and will help to build a better Burundi.

alainAlain Ndayishimiye

Hello! My name is Alain and I am a recent BBA graduate from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada.

I found out about This Burundian Life around October 2013 and have been hooked ever since. As a kid born in Rwanda and raised in Malawi, being part of This Burundian Life gives me a chance to experience the Burundian life through people’s stories. Oh and I am a big fan of Chronicles of a Burundian Lover. Keep those stories coming!

In my free time, I enjoy biking, reading, tweeting, netflixing, and spending time with friends and family.  I am also a firm believer in change and spend quite a lot of time dreaming about how we can all be part of it.

Drop me a line on twitter @alainndayi