On February 3rd, 2024, an event known as “Rwanda Day” took place in Washington DC. During the event, President Paul Kagame highlighted the significance of Rwanda Day in keeping every Rwandan living abroad connected with their homeland, regardless of where they are residing.

The President acknowledged that Rwanda remains an integral part of the lives of its citizens even if they choose to leave, and staying connected is in the best interests of everyone involved. President made a statement that resonated deeply with the audience. Kagame said, “You may leave Rwanda, but Rwanda should never leave you.”

Rwanda Day

This statement encourages Rwandans living abroad to remember their roots and maintain a connection with their homeland. It also emphasizes the importance of preserving one’s cultural identity and staying connected to one’s community. Kagame’s words serve as a reminder of the deep ties that bind people to their homeland, and the responsibility that comes with being a citizen of a nation.

During his speech, President Kagame encouraged Rwandans to work together and move swiftly toward their desired outcome. He underlined that there is no contradiction in achieving both speed and distance, and the country’s unique circumstances require it. The 11th edition of Rwanda Day coincided with the celebration of 30 years of liberation of the country.

President Kagame acknowledged the difficulties faced during the journey and expressed his optimism for the future. He emphasized that Rwanda has put measures in place to ensure that the 1994 Genocide tragedy never occurs again and that the country will always prevail. While Africa still has its challenges,

Rwanda is committed to working hard, learning from the past, and creating a better future. President Kagame urged Rwandans to inspire the next generation and leave behind a country they can be proud of. He emphasized that Rwanda Day is a means of strengthening the connection between Rwandans and their homeland, regardless of their location in the world.

Rwanda Day

Rwanda Day

The President concluded by stating that Rwandans can achieve their goals by doing the right things, in the right way, and at the right speed. The audience at the event sang “ni wowe, ni wowe” (meaning “You are the one, it’s only you”) upon the President’s arrival. Attendees expressed their appreciation to the President for his leadership in transforming the country’s economy and many urged him to run for another term.

Rwanda is set to hold its presidential election on July 15th. The “Meet the President” session was a lively affair with attendees eager to express their gratitude to the President for his leadership. Rwanda Day concluded with a dinner hosted by President Kagame and First Lady Jeannette Kagame, with attendees expressing their hopes for continued friendship between Rwanda and America.

Rwanda Day


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