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Dear Mr. President

Dear Mr. President

Thank you for the recent #CitizenOutreach tour, which brought to the general public eye what many of us, your people, already knew: below a certain level, governance in Rwanda is mostly failing the people. Recently, on social media, you were tagged in several threads from Rwandan citizens, desperately trying to hold “public servants” accountable. I say “public servants”, because these people are public servants only in theory. In practice they are nothing more than presidential servants. Otherwise, why would it…

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Manchester Review Issue 18: 21 Today: African Speculative Fiction

Manchester Review Issue 18: 21 Today: African Speculative Fiction

In 2015 I wrote a short story called “Mother’s Love“, which was longlisted for the Short Story Day Africa Prize. Tomorrow, Friday 21st July 2017, Mother’s Love will appear as a reprint in issue 18 of the Manchester Review, a special issue titled 21 Today: African Speculative Fiction. This special issue is edited by none other than Geoff Ryman, and it brings some much deserved attention to the rise of African Speculative Fiction over the recent years. Feast your eyes…

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A Surma girl scouting the Horsehead Nebula

A Surma girl scouting the Horsehead Nebula

There’s a picture I saw today of former astronaut Anna Lee Fisher, and also a picture of a Surma man. Suddenly, I got the idea to fire up The Gimp to replace Fisher’s face with that of a Surma girl and have the new Surma astronaut overlook the Horsehead Nebula. Here are the results:         Save Save Save

Labour, (un)Employment, Millennials and National Security

Labour, (un)Employment, Millennials and National Security

Yesterday, Tuesday 25th October, Rwandans on Twitter (#RwOT) were up in arms about statements attributed to the Minister of Labour. This led to a wider discussion about unemployment statistics and the perceived failings of the Ministry of Labour. This morning I read a blog post about these topics (Rwanda needs work), which bolsters my suspicion that there seem to be certain misconceptions we have in this country about the roles of government ministries, specifically the role of the Labour Ministry….

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What if: Earth is a Farm for Dragon Food?

What if: Earth is a Farm for Dragon Food?

Why would a dragon let you ride it, though? I mean, it’s a DRAGON! We don’t ride crocodiles, either. What if we discover one day, that it was dragons who wiped out the dinosaurs, and not an asteroid? Dragons from outter space, on an intra-galactic journey, making a pit stop on Earth. And every sun is actually nothing more than a resource-rich world of raging dragons, who have to migrate across the galaxy occasionally, due to overpopulation. Or migrate en masse when they…

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Reviews for my story “Omoshango”

Reviews for my story “Omoshango”

My story “Omoshango” (appeared in the anthology Lightspeed People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction! Special Issue in June) has been receiving some reviews lately. It is my favourite story I have ever written (although I do say this each time I write a new one), and it’s great to see people enjoy reading it. Check out the reviews below, and if you want to review Omoshango, too, I would really appreciate it. You can get the People of Colo(u)r Destroy…

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Future transport network in Rwanda

Future transport network in Rwanda

A Twitter conversation I had recently, regarding the traffic problem of Kigali’s increasingly congested roads, came to mind and I suddenly had a notion of what I want the near future of transport in Rwanda to look like. In the tweets I had posted, my focus was on drastically increasing traffic fines, reducing the number of vehicles allowed on these roads by implementing road space rationing based on rotating between RAA, RAB, RAC, RAD plates etc. Also the introduction of…

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POC Destroy SF! Special Issue of Lightspeed is out now

POC Destroy SF! Special Issue of Lightspeed is out now

My short story Omoshango, appears in the People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction! Special Issue of Lightspeed Magazine. This issue is now available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback format. Check out the glorious cover below by Christopher Park! I’m so excited about this and I look forward to reading all the other short stories written by these awesome authors. I’m honoured to be a part of this, and I hope you enjoy this special issue. 🙂  

The Internet of Slaves

The Internet of Slaves

The content we post on social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat etc., none of this content belongs to us. Our tweets and posts and pictures belong to the platforms we post them on. If you don’t believe me, go make a thermos of tea and read their Terms of Services and End User License Agreements. There’s an article posted on Boing Boing about Google intentionally bricking devices, which users have already bought and paid for. To brick a…

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“Bond, Jane Bond.”

“Bond, Jane Bond.”

The usual suspects on social media are upset by a female actor being cast as a lead in the next Star Wars movie. I’ve never been a big Star Wars fan, myself. I much prefer Star Trek, especially Voyager. In fact, I find the franchise extremely boring. Star Wars – The Force Awakens was actually the first SW I have watched, which I found somewhat entertaining. I credit this to the casting of John Boyega, whom I knew from Attack…

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