“INTERview. Rwanda – Germany“

INTERview. A Photo exhibition on Rwanda and Germany“ was the title of my
exhibition which took place between 15th September and 31st October 2017 at Goethe Institut in Kigali.

The pictures show different lifestyles, culture and infrastructure and give insights on living environments of Rwandan and German
people, grouping the pictures in a way that allows fighting stereotypical images. They captured impressions from the capital of Kigali and rural regions in Rwanda and urban life in Germany. The pictures are complemented by short stories based both on interviews with the people portrayed and information on the setting of the photographs taken between 2014 and 2017.

The exhibition was supported by Goethe Institut Kigali, the German NGOs Armut und
Gesundheit e.V. and Zugvögel e.V.. Armut und Gesundheit e.V. supports people without
shelter, refugees, children and sick people who live in socially disadvantaged conditions
and do not receive full medical care in Germany. Zugvögel e.V. is a German NGO
organizing volunteer services for youth from the Global South to the Global North.

 

 

“Snapshot” mu gihe natangaga amahugurwa yo gufotora I Kigali.

Snapshot during giving a photography workshop in Kigali.

                                                                       © 2016 Shaban Masengesho

Snapshot I Koblenz mu Budage mu mwaka wa 2017, nyuma yo gufata amafoto mbere y’umunsi umwe ngo ubukwe butahe. Nari naniwe cyane kubera akazi kenshi nari nakoze n’ijoro rirerire. Nagombaga kubona n’inshuti ku manywa. Siniyumvishaga ko nafata camera yanjye ngo mfotore ariko aya ni amahirwe nagize yo gufata ino foto.

Snapshot in Koblenz, Germany in 2017, after a wedding photography one day before, as I was too tired due to the previous work and long night. I had to meet with friends there in the midday. I could not image to pick up my camera and take photos but this was my chance to capture this picture.

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Nicaye muri bisi mva muri gari ya Nyabugogo ngana ku Kimisagara, i Kigali, muri bisi hakoreshwa ikarita umuntu akoza ku mashini iri muri bisi igakuraho ayo yishyuye ikanamwereka ayo asigaranye ku ikarita. Umuntu agomba gushyira amafaranga ku ikarita mbere yo kwinjira muri bisi.

Sitting in the bus, on my way from Nyabugogo Main Station to Kimisagara, Kigali. There is a system of tap and go, using cards you load before you enter the bus. And you can even see how much you have on the card.

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Nicaye muri bisi  mva muri gari ya Mainz nerekeza I Laubenheim,mu Budage muri bisi umuntu agomba guteresha kashi ku itike akimara kwinjiramo, ushobora no kugura itike winjiye muri bisi kwa chauffeur (utwaye imodoka)

Sitting in the bus, on my way from Mainz Main Station to Laubenheim, Germany. There is a system of stamping the ticket once you enter the bus. You can also buy the ticket directly in the bus at the driver.

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“Nitwa Bosco Ngezahayo, navutse mu mwaka wa 1993. Ntuye hano mu Karere ka Nyarugenge, Umujyi wa Kigali. Mbere nari umuhinzi mworozi mu Karere ka Muhanga mu Ntara y’Amajyepfo ariko kubera ibibazo byatewe n’imihindagurikire y’ikirere sinashimishijwe n’umusaruro nabonaga. Nibwo niyemeje kuza I Kigali gucuruza. Mfite iri duka kuva uyu mwaka (2016) kandi ndateganya kwagura ubucuruzi bwanjye. Wenda nyuma nzabasha kugura inzu yanjye. Ikibazo ni uko Kigali irimo guhenda: isoko ryose tugiyeho dusanga umunsi ku wundi ibiciro byazamutse bityo abaguzi banjye ntibishime”.

“I am Bosco Ngezahayo, born 1993. I live here in Nyarugenge district of Kigali. Before I was a farmer in Muhanga district in the South province but due to the problem of climate change, I was not happy with the harvest. So I decided to come to Kigali to do a business. I have this boutique since the beginning of this year (2016) and I am hoping to expand my business. Maybe in the end, I can buy my own house. The problem is that Kigali is being expensive; whenever we go to the market, price is always increasing day to day and this makes my clients not happy.”

© 2016 Shaban Masengesho

 

Ishusho ubona uri mu modoka. Nari nicaye imbere mfite Camera mpagarika umushoferi kugira ngo mfate iyi foto. Nari mvuye mu mujyi wa Aachen nyuma yo gusoza imurika ry’amafoto muri Kamena 2017 mu nzira ngana mu mujyi wa Hachenburg gutangiza irindi murika, hombi mu Budage.

Car view, I was sitting in front with my camera and stopped the driver to have this picture on the way from Aachen after closing my photography exhibition in June 2017 going to Hachenburg in Germany for the opening of another exhibition.

 

© 2017 Shaban Masengesho

Nitwa Smaga, natandukanye n’uwo twashakanye mu mwaka wa 1982. Twabyaranye umwana umwe w’umuhungu ariko mperuka kubonana nawe mu mwaka wa 2002. Nahoze ndi umukanishi ariko mu mwaka wa 2004 ndarwara bituma mbura n’inzu yanjye. Kuva icyo gihe singira aho mba. Ubu nkaba mfite uburyamo muri uyu mushinga.

Ifoto nayifashe ubwo nagendanaga n’umukozi w’umuryango Armut und Gesundheit in Deutschland e.V. w’I Mainz ari mu kazi ke ka buri munsi ko gufasha abatagira aho batura n’abarwayi, bose babayeho mu buzima bugoye badahabwa ubufasha bwuzuye mu kwivuza mu gihugu cy’Ubudage.

I’m Smaga, I got divorced in 1982. I’ve got one son but the last time I was in touch with him was in 2002. I used to work as a mechanic but I got sick in 2004 and lost my house. Since then I am homeless. But now I found a shelter here at this project.

The picture was taken while I joined the doctor, Prof. Gerhard Trabert, from Armut und Gesundheit in Deutschland e.V. in Mainz at his everyday work supporting people without shelter and sick people who live in socially disadvantaged conditions and do not receive full medical care in Germany.

© 2017 Shaban Masengesho

 

Nitwa Claude Shema navutse 1987, ntuye hano i Rubavu akarere k´intara y´uburengerazuba. Birashimisha cyane iyo abantu baza bakaba bakodesha ubwato bwange (mu ishusho y’igishuhe) mu kiyaga cya Kivu.

I’m Claude Shema, born 1987, I live here in Rubavu district in the western province .  I’m always happy when people come to rent my Duck Boat at Kivu Lake.

© 2014 Shaban Masengesho

 

Ifoto nayifashe ubwo nagendanaga n’umukozi w’umuryango Armut und Gesundheit in Deutschland e.V. w’I Mainz ari mu kazi ke ka buri munsi ko gufasha abatagira aho batura n’abarwayi, bose babayeho mu buzima bugoye badahabwa ubufasha bwuzuye mu kwivuza mu gihugu cy’Ubudage.

The picture was taken while I joined the doctor, Prof. Gerhard Trabert, from Armut und Gesundheit in Deutschland e.V. in Mainz at his everyday work supporting people without shelter and sick people who live in socially disadvantaged conditions and do not receive full medical care in Germany.

© 2017 Shaban Masengesho

 

Ifoto nayifashe ubwo nagendanaga n’umukozi w’umuryango Armut und Gesundheit in Deutschland e.V. w’I Mainz ari mu kazi ke ka buri munsi ko gufasha abatagira aho batura n’abarwayi, bose babayeho mu buzima bugoye badahabwa ubufasha bwuzuye mu kwivuza mu gihugu cy’Ubudage.

The picture was taken while I joined the doctor, Prof. Gerhard Trabert, from Armut und Gesundheit in Deutschland e.V. in Mainz at his everyday work supporting people without shelter and sick people who live in socially disadvantaged conditions and do not receive full medical care in Germany.

© 2017 Shaban Masengesho

 

Ifoto nayifashe ubwo nagendanaga n’umukozi w’umuryango Armut und Gesundheit in Deutschland e.V. w’I Mainz ari mu kazi ke ka buri munsi ko gufasha abatagira aho batura n’abarwayi, bose babayeho mu buzima bugoye badahabwa ubufasha bwuzuye mu kwivuza mu gihugu cy’Ubudage.

The picture was taken while I joined the doctor, Prof. Gerhard Trabert, from Armut und Gesundheit in Deutschland e.V. in Mainz at his everyday work supporting people without shelter and sick people who live in socially disadvantaged conditions and do not receive full medical care in Germany.

© 2017 Shaban Masengesho

 

“Nitwa Jean Damascene Ntibibuka, navutse mu mwaka wa 1983, izina ry’akabyiniriro ni Dama. Ntuye hano mu Karere ka Rubavu, Intara y’Uburengerazuba bw’u Rwanda. Ndi ingaragu. Hari igihe nazarushinga mu myaka ibiri iri imbere ariko sindabimenya neza. Sindagera ku ntego nihaye, nimara kuyigeraho nibwo nzatangira kurambagiza. Ndacyacyeneye gukora cyane. Nta mukobwa w’inshuti mfite ubu ngubu. Urabizi abakobwa b’ubu ntushobora gukundana nabo amezi agera kuri atandatu mutararyamana. Ku bwanjye ndamutse ndyamanye nawe yaba abaye umugore wanjye kandi simbyiteguye. Natangiye kera gushishikarira gitari. Nta muntu wayinyigishije, narayiyigishije. Naririmbaga mu rusengero kuva mu bwana, dore ko nakundaga muzika bacurangaga nanjye nkifuza kuzacuranga ariko sinabashaga kubona gitari. Natangiye nkoresha udusanduku duto. Ubu nshobora gukora gitari ya nyayo. Gitari ni ubuzima bwanjye. Bintwara ibyumweru bibiri gukora gitari. Gitari nakoze neza bwa mbere bigakunda nayigurishije amafaranga y’u Rwanda 1500 mu marushanwa yari yateguwe n’Akarere. Byabaye mu mwaka wa 2005. Ubu ngubu gitari nyigurisha ibihumbi 30, ibihumbi 40 cyangwa ibihumbi 50 by’amafaranga y’u Rwanda bitewe n’ibikoresho ikozemo. Ndizera kwagura ubucuruzi bwanjye nkanazigemura I Kigali. Kuki se bidashoboka?.” Damascene Ntibibuka abivuga amwenyura.

“I am Jean Damascene Ntibibuka, born 1983, nickname Dama. I live here in Rubavu district in the western province of Rwanda. I am single. Maybe I can get married after two years but I am not sure yet. I did not achieve my goal yet, once I achieve it I will start dating. I still want to work hard. I do not have a girlfriend now. You know girls for this generation; you cannot be with her for at least six months without having sex. And for me sleeping with her, immediately she would be my wife and I am not ready for this yet.

I started being interested in guitars a long time ago. No one taught it to me. I taught it myself. I was a singer in a church since I was a child, as I was enjoying so much the music from people who were playing it, I dreamt to play it as well, but I didn’t have access to it. So I started with small boxes. Now I am able to make a real guitar. Guitars are my life. I spend two weeks on making it. The first guitar I would say that was successful, it was the one I sold for 1,500 Rwandan Francs and brought it in District competition. That was in 2005. At the moment, I am selling it on 30,000, 40,000 or 50,000 Rwandan Francs depending on the materials. I am hoping to expand my business and export them to Kigali. Why not?” Jean Damascene Ntibibuka says while smiling.

© 2016 Shaban Masengesho

 

Ishusho ubona y’ubusitani bwo mu mujyi wicaye mu modoka. Mu turere dutatu tw’Umujyi wa Kigali hagiye hari ubusitani. Iyo uhatembereye usanga hari abantu barimo kubwitaho no kubusukura. Ubusitani mu Mujyi wa Kigali bwongera isura nziza itoshye yaba mu gihe cy’imvura cyangwa mu mpeshyi kubera ko mu mpeshyi abashinzwe kubwitaho barabusukira. Mu kurinda umwanda Umujyi wa Kigali no guharanira ko uhora utoshye, abantu ntibemerewe gukandagira muri ubwo busitani cyangwa kubwicaramo. Iri riba ry’amazi riba ritemba ku manywa naho nijoro rigafungwa.

Car view on urban garden. In all three districts of Kigali, there are gardens and whenever you walk around you see people gardening and cleaning them. Gardens in Kigali emphasize the greenness of the city both in the rainy and in the dry season because in dry season, gardeners water them. To keep Kigali clean and green people are not allowed to walk through or sit in the garden. This water fountain is on during the day and off during the night.

©2014 Shaban Masengesho

 

Ishusho ubona uri mu modoka. Nari nicaye imbere mfite Camera mpagarika umushoferi kugira ngo mfate iyi foto. Nari mvuye mu mujyi wa Aachen nyuma yo gusoza imurika ry’amafoto muri Kamena 2017 mu nzira ngana mu mujyi wa Hachenburg gutangiza irindi murika, hombi mu Budage.

Car view, I was sitting in front with my camera and stopped the driver to have this picture on the way from Aachen after closing my photography exhibition in June 2017 going to Hachenburg in Germany for the opening of another exhibition.

© 2017 Shaban Masengesho

Abafana b’ikipe APR F.C ubwo yakinaga kuri sitade i Nyamirambo

APR F.C fans at Nyamirambo stadium in Kigali during a football game.

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Iri ryari iserukiramuco I Mainz mu Budage ubusanzwe ritangira ku italiki ya 11 Ugushyingo rigasozwa muri Gashyantare mu wundi mwaka. Riza rikurikira igihe cyo kwiyiriza niyo mpamvu baryita “FASTNACHT” I Mainz (Bisobanura ijoro rimwe mbereyo kwiyiriza). Bikomoka ku magambo “Carne vale” bisobanura mu muco waho “gusezera ku bisindisha no ku kurya inyama” ku bantu bamwe na bamwe – iminsi 40 mbere ya Pasika. “Rosenmontag” – muri uyu mwaka yabaye ku italiki ya 27 Gashyantare 2017 (Rose Monday) ni ikirori gikomeye kibera mu mujyi wose kikaba kigamije ahanini ku kunywa cyane mbere yo gusezera ku bisindisha kugeza Pasika ibaye. Narangamiye cyane imyambarire. Nakoresheje camera yanjye ku italiki ya 25 Gashyantare 2017 guhera isaa cyenda z’amanywa kugeza isaa kumi n’imwe z’umugoroba muri gahunda ya Kinder und Jugendmaskenzug- imyiyereko ahanini yagenewe abana n’urubyiruko mu gihe ikirere cyari kimeze neza. Ku italiki ya 28 Gashyantare 2017 ubwo habaga Kappenfahrt hari hakonje cyane kandi imvura iri kugwa, nafashe amafoto guhera isaa cyenda z’amanywa kugeza isaa kumi z’amanywa. Abantu bagenda batanga aho banyuze hose batwaye amamodoka ibiribwa biryohera basigaje mu bubiko bwabo.

This was Carnival in Mainz, Germany which officially always starts on 11th November and ends in February. It precedes the time of fasting, that is why it is called “FASTNACHT” in Mainz (translated: Night before fasting). It comes from the words “carne vale” which traditionally means “farewell to alcohol and meat” to some people – forty days before Easter. “Rosenmontag” – this year it was 27th February 2017 (Rose Monday) is a big spectacle in the whole city and it is mainly about drinking before quitting alcohol until Easter. I was fascinated by the costumes in Mainz. So I was behind the camera on 25th February 2017 from 3:00pm until 5:00pm during the Kinder- und Jugendmaskenzug – a parade for mainly kids and youth with nice weather. On 28th February 2017 during Kappenfahrt it was cold and raining and I took photos from 3:00pm until 4:00pm. People give away all sweets that are left in store while driving around in the cars.

© 2017 Shaban Masengesho

 

Ifoto nayifashe ubwo nagendanaga n’umukozi w’umuryango Armut und Gesundheit in Deutschland e.V. w’I Mainz ari mu kazi ke ka buri munsi ko gufasha abatagira aho batura n’abarwayi, bose babayeho mu buzima bugoye badahabwa ubufasha bwuzuye mu kwivuza mu gihugu cy’Ubudage.

The picture was taken while I joined the doctor, Prof. Gerhard Trabert, from Armut und Gesundheit in Deutschland e.V. in Mainz at his everyday work supporting people without shelter and sick people who live in socially disadvantaged conditions and do not receive full medical care in Germany.

© 2017 Shaban Masengesho

Umuhanda utanyuramo ibinyabiziga I Kigali, mu Rwanda mu 2017. Abantu bishimira gukoresha internet ya 4G. Nafashe ino foto ubwo narimo ntembera nkabona abantu bahuze bamwe bakoresha telefoni zigendanwa abandi bakoresha mudasobwa.

Car free zone in Kigali, Rwanda in 2017, people enjoying free 4G internet. I took this picture when I was walking around and saw how people were busy with their smart phones and some with their laptops on the street.

© 2017 Shaban Masengesho

 

Ifoto nayifashe ubwo nagendanaga n’umukozi w’umuryango Armut und Gesundheit in Deutschland e.V. w’I Mainz ari mu kazi ke ka buri munsi ko gufasha abatagira aho batura n’abarwayi, bose babayeho mu buzima bugoye badahabwa ubufasha bwuzuye mu kwivuza mu gihugu cy’Ubudage.

The picture was taken while I joined the doctor, Prof. Gerhard Trabert, from Armut und Gesundheit in Deutschland e.V. in Mainz at his everyday work supporting people without shelter and sick people who live in socially disadvantaged conditions and do not receive full medical care in Germany.

© 2017 Shaban Masengesho

 

“Nitwa Rabia Umutoni, navutse mu mwaka wa 1999. Ndakiga kandi mba hano muri Ste Bernadette de Kamonyi. Nkina ikinamico kubera ko binshimisha kandi ndabikunda. Ikinamico ifasha mu kubonera umuti ibibazo biboneka hagati y’abayobozi b’ikigo n’abanyeshuri kubera ko rihuza abanyeshuri n’abayobozi. Uyumunsi twarimo gusubiramo ikinamico tuzakina icyumweru gitaha.”

“I am Rabia Umutoni, born in 1999. I am still schooling here at St Bernadette de Kamonyi in boarding. I play theatre because it is fun for me and I like it. Theatre helps in resolving problems between the staff of the school and the students because it brings together the students and the administration. Today, we were preparing the performance for next week“

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Abana b’impunzi imbere y’ihema mu nkambi y’impunzi ya Mugombwa barimo kuririmba indirimbo ihimbaza Imana bafite bibiliya nyuma yo kwizizihiza umunsi mpuzamahanga w’impunzi ku ya 20 Kamena 2014.

Ifoto yafashwe ubwo nari umufotozi wigenga wa UNHCR.

Refugee children in front of a tent in Mugombwa refugee camp singing a gospel song holding a Bible after WORLD REFUGEE DAY CEREMONY on 20 June 2014.

The picture was taken while working as a freelancer photographer for UNHCR.

© 2014 Shaban Masengesho

 

Mu mpande zose z’Umujyi wa Kigali uzahasanga abatwara abagenzi kuri za moto (abamotari), akazi bakora amasaha 24 kuri 24. Biroroshye kugenda na moto cyane cyane aho imodoka nka bisi n’izindi ntoya zidashobora kunyura. Kandi na none abamotari bafasha abagenzi kugera aho bajya mu mahoro kandi ku gihe. Umuvundo w’ibinyabiziga ukunze kugaragara mu mujyi, akenshi mu masaha ya mu gitondo n’aya nimugoroba ubwo abantu baba bajya ku kazi cyangwa batashye. Muri aya masaha byoroha kugenda na moto kubera ko abamotari bazi uko babona inzira banyura ku modoka yaba intoya, bisi n’amakamyo. Mu gihe abagenzi batamenyereye imihanda ndetse n’igihe baba bayobye abamotari bo bizwi ko bazi neza imihanda yose yo mu mujyi. Ibiciro birahinduka kandi byumvikanwaho.

In Kigali, you will find a big number of motorists in every part of Kigali City who are available 24 hours a day. It is easier to take a moto-taxi especially in places where buses and cars cannot pass. Also, motorists help passengers to get to their destinations safely and on time. Traffic jams are now common in the city – mostly in the morning and afternoon hours when people commute to work or back home. During these times it is a lot easier to board a motorcycle because motorists can easily find their way passing other vehicles such as cars, busses and trucks. Just in case passengers are not familiar with the roads or if they are lost, motorists tend to know every road in the city quite well. The prices are not fixed and are always negotiable.

© 2015 Shaban Masengesho

 

“Nitwa Epiphanie Nyampinga, navutse mu mwaka wa 1991, ndi ingaragu. Ntuye muri Nyarugenge, Akarere k’Umujyi wa Kigali, Umurwa Mukuru w’u Rwanda. Natangiye kudoda mu mwaka wa 2015. Si ibintu nize ariko nahawe amahugurwa kuko nkunda kudoda cyane. Mu mwaka wa 2015 nagiye muri koperative yitwa “Duhuze imbaraga”. Ubu iyo koperative imfasha kubona icyo nkeneye cyose mu buzima bwanjye bwa buri munsi ntateze amaboko ku bandi bantu kandi mbasha kwishyura amashuri yanjye aho niga mu ishuri rya AKILAH Institute for women mu ishami ryo kwiga kwakira abantu. Nzarangiza amashuri yanjye muri uyu mwaka wa 2016.

“I am Epiphanie Nyampinga, born 1991, single. I live in Nyarugenge, a district of Kigali, capital city of Rwanda. I started sewing in 2015. It is not something I studied but I did a training because I loved sewing so much. Then in 2015 I joined this cooperative “Duhuze imbaraga”. And now it is helping to get what I need in my everyday life without relying on anyone and to pay my studies at AKILAH Institute for women where I study Hospitality. I will finish my studies this year 2016.”

© 2016 Shaban Masengesho

 

“Nitwa Ramadhan Uwiringiyimana, navutse mu mwaka wa 1991. Njye n’umufasha wanjye n’umwana wacu w’imyaka ibiri dutuye hano I Rubavu, Akarere k’Intara y’Uburengerazuba. Nasoje amashuri mu mwaka wa 2014 mu ishami ry’ubwubatsi. Nahisemo kwiga ubwubatsi kubera iterambere ry’igihugu cyanjye. Nari nzi neza ko nzabona akazi maze gusoza amashuri yanjye. Ubu hashize amezi umunani ndi gukora mu bwubatsi bw’imihanda ya hano muri Rubavu nyuma yo gusoza kubaka sitade Umuganda nayo ya hano I Rubavu.”

“I am Ramadhan Uwiringiyimana, born 1991. I live here in Rubavu district in the western province of Rwanda together with my wife and one child of two years. I finished my studies in construction in 2014. I have chosen construction due to the development of my country. I was absolutely sure to get a job after my studies. It is now eight months that I am working here in Rubavu´s streets after we finished building Umuganda stadium here in Rubavu.”

© 2016 Shaban Masengesho

 

Gufata amafoto y’ubukwe bwa Melissa I Wiesbaden, mu Budage mu mwaka wa 2017, ibirori biri gusoza mbere gato ko bakata gato (gateau). Natangajwe no kubona umugeni atuje afotora snapshot. Akikijwe na nyina umubyara n’umushyingira w’umufasha we.

Wedding photography of Melissa in Wiesbaden, Germany in 2017, after the ceremony before cutting the cake. I was impressed to see the bride just in a relaxed mood and taking a snapshot. She is surrounded by her mum and the groom’s best man.

© 2017 Shaban Masengesho

 

Sarah Vuningoma, yavutse mu 1988. Arimo kwifata ifoto mu cyumba cye ubwo yari afite ubukwe. Aha yari mu muhango mu Rwanda witwa uwo gusaba no gukwa, akaba yari avuye muri salo gusokoresha no kwisiga . Agaragiwe n’abategarugori bashatse ndetse n’abari, bose baza kumuherekeza kwakira umufasha we umutegereje hanze ari kumwe n’abatumirwa bagera kuri 400 bicaye mu gisharagati bitabiriye ubukwe bwe. Aha yari ategereje ko igihe gihita ngo asanganire umufasha we n’abatumiwe mu birori bye, ahitamo gukora ibizamwibutsa uwo munsi udasanzwe.

Sarah Vuningoma, born 1988, taking a selfie in her room during her traditional wedding – known also as introduction wedding in Rwanda – after coming back from the hairdresser’s shop and putting make up. She is surrounded by both married women and girls who will escort her to finally meet her husband who is waiting outside with around 400 guests who are sitting on chairs in tents who came for her traditional wedding. Just to kill time and keep her special day memories while waiting for a time to go out to see her husband and join her guests for the ceremony.

© 2016 Shaban Masengesho

 

“Nitwa Michael Habineza, navutse mu mwaka wa 1986, ariko abantu benshi banyita Zouzou. Ntuye hano I Kigali. Ndoda imyenda itandukanye nk’amapantalo, amakoti, amakabutura umuntu yambara mu kiruhuko kandi iy’abagabo n’iy’abagore. Cyakora nshishikariye kudoda imyenda yo mu gitenge (igitenge ni umwenda ukorwa n’uruganda rwa Wax). Nkunda umwuga wanjye kuberako ni ikintu nkunda gukora cyane. Mu kazi kanjye ka buri munsi mpura n’abantu b’ingeri zitandukanye. Ubwo natangiraga mu mwaka wa 2010, ntibyari byoroshye kubera ko abantu benshi bari bazi ko ari umwuga w’abantu bakuze, ibyo bikaba byaranteye gukora cyane kugira ngo mbereke ko n’urubyiruko rushobora kuwukora. Nubu ndacyakora cyane. Urabona nkubu ni mu mpera y’icyumweru, abo dukorana barimo kuyishimishamo. Ndabizi ko umunsi umwe nzagira umwanya uhagije wo kuruhuka, ariko bitari ubu. “ Michael Habineza arabivuga aseka.

“I am Michael Habineza, born 1986, but many people call me Zouzou. I live here in Kigali. I sew different kinds of cloths, like trousers, coats, jackets, short trousers for relaxing for both men and women but I am always interested in sewing “igitenge” cloths (igitenge is cloth made of wax print fabric). I like my career because it is something I really love to do. Through my every day work, I meet different people. When I started in 2010, it was not easy because many people thought that it is a job for old people, which made me to work hard and show them that younger people can also do it. I even still work hard. You see today is weekend and all my co-workers are enjoying it. I know that one day I will have enough time to relax but not these days.” Michael Habineza says while he is smiling.

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“Nitwa Claudine Tuyisabe, navutse mu mwaka wa 1988. Njye n’umugabo wanjye n’abana bacu batatu dutuye hano mu Karere ka Rubavu mu Ntara y’Uburengerazuba. Imfura yacu ifite imyaka 9 yiga mu mashuri abanza, uwa kabiri afite imyaka 6 yiga mu ishuri ry’incuke. Uwa gatatu ni uyu mpetse mu mugongo afite amezi 21. Yitwa Hitimana. Ntarabatizwa. Hashize imyaka irindwi nkora hano I Rubavu mu gusarura icyayi. Ikilo kimwe n´amafaranga y’u Rwanda 38, nibura buri munsi nsarura ibiro 30. Umufasha wanjye ubu nta kazi afite, bivuze ko ari njyewe wita ku muryango nkwubonera ibikenewe by’ibanze no mu kugura ibikoresho by’ishuri n’imyenda by’abana bacu babiri.”

“I am Claudine Tuyisabe, born 1988. I live here in Rubavu district in the western province of Rwanda with my husband and three children, the older one is 9 in primary school, the second one is 6 and he is in nursery school, the third one is this one on my back, 21 months. He is called Hitimana. He is not baptised yet. It is seven years now that I am working here in Rubavu, harvesting tea. They are paying 38 Rwandan Francs per 1kg, so I can at least harvest 30 kg per day. My husband does not have a job now, so it is my duty to take care of the family for basic needs and buying some school materials and clothes for our two children.”

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“Nitwa Emmanuel Niyitegeka, navutse mu mwaka wa 1995. Ntuye hano mu Karere ka Rubavu, mu Ntara y’Uburengerazuba bw’u Rwanda. Mfite akazi gahoraho ko gutunganya amashusho ya za filimi. Ntago byoroha buri gihe kubona umwanya wo gukora siporo, cyakora mu mpera y’icyumweru nkodesha igari nkakora siporo ndi no kureba uduce dutandukanye tw’umujyi. Nza hano nkishyura amafaranga y’u Rwanda 5000 nkanasiga kopi y’irangamuntu nkaza kugarura igari nyuma ya saa sita.”

“I am Emmanuel Niyitegeka, born 1995. I live here in Rubavu district in the western province of Rwanda. I have a fixed job here as a film editor. It is not always easy to find time for sport but during the weekend I can rent a bicycle and do sports or when I want to see different places of the city, I come here and pay 5,000 Rwandan Francs and leave my copy of the ID here and bring the bicycle in the afternoon.”

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Mu nzira mva aho nari naraye mu mujyi wa Huye (muntara y´amajyepfo y´u Rwanda) ngana kuri gari y’imodoka ngiye gusura pariki y’igihugu ya Nyungwe. Umujyi wa Huye numwe mumijyi mu Rwanda nabonyemo  inzira y´imodoka, inzira y´amagare,n´inzira y´abanyamaguru.

On my way from the place where I stayed overnight in Huye city (in the southern Province of Rwanda) to the bus station going to visit Nyungwe National Park. Huye is the one of the city in Rwanda where I saw the way of cars, the way of bikes and walking.

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The opening took place on 15th September 2017

The power of image :  Exhibition in Kigali-Rwanda