A Friends of Rwanda Club born in the Russian Federation
The Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda officially launched the first ever Club of “Friends of Rwanda” in the Russian Federation. This event brought together people from Academics, business, Tourism, Investors and Religious leaders. Inganzo Ngari was available to entertain invitees in a very wonderful evening dancing show at Lotte Hotel, Moscow.
This opportunity was so exciting that invitees, that have visited Rwanda, shared commendable compliments about the country’s progress so far reached twenty years after the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.
Opening the function, Ambassador Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya thanked invitees for their participation and willing to partner with Rwanda to support the initiative of initiative of creating the Friendship Club in the Russian Federation. “This is an indicator of good will to help Rwandans through exchanging ideas that may help contribute to implement Rwanda leadership’s development journey towards economic growth and development for a better welfare for Rwandans.
She added that most Rwandans consider Russia a country with harsh winter, where life is hard. Since the club is now launched, more Rwandans will discover good friends in Russia and will supplement on compliments by Rwandans who had completed their studies and other who currently live in different cities of the Russian Federation to portray Russia differently.
According to Pastor Shatrov, a Pastor and businessman who visited Rwanda a few months ago, Rwandan President is a blessing, not only to Rwandans but to all Africans. He added that though Russia is more developed than Rwanda, but the former has a thing or two to learn from the latter, including the spirit of forgiveness, unity and reconciliation as one of the approach to rebuild their nation in the aftermath of the genocide against the Tutsi in 1994.
Kalinovski, a Russian tourist who went to Rwanda for the first time a couple of years ago took the opportunity to commend Rwanda’s achievements in infrastructure development , security and general cleanness and hospitality that every visitor to Rwanda enjoys.
Participants to the official launch were blessed with entertainment from Inganzo Ngari, a Rwandan traditional dancing group that was in Moscow at the invitation of the Embassy. Inganzo Ngari performance was a memorable event that Rwanda engraved in Moscovites memory. The audience was impressed by the talented young people and could not retain themselves to say “Spasibo Rwanda” meaning “Thank you Rwanda” for the joyful spectacle rich in choreographic style.
According to Professor Bondarenko of the Institute of African Studies, the “Friends of Rwanda” Club in the Russian Federation is a very good initiative and likely the first of this kind among African Embassies in the Russian Federation. Bondarenko added that the initiative will be profiting to both countries citizens for facilitating exchange of experience and development projects ideas, etc.
“We are here to show our joy because we are familiar with Rwanda and its people, Pastor Pavel stated. We are ready to serve as a bridge between the two countries so that Russians know much about this country and contribute to its development agenda”.
The Friends of Rwanda Club in Russia suggested regularly meeting and discussing what would come out from this initiative.