Monday, 20 February 2017

10th Anniversary Edition of Miracle in Kigali - October 2017

Roger Nsengiyumva and Illuminee Nganemariya, February 2017
October 2017 is the 10th anniversary of the publication of Miracle in Kigali. We are going to publish a new print and ebook edition then, with a new cover, additional photographs and a chapter on developments since 2007.

The extra chapter will include details of Roger's acting career, which began with Africa United in 2010 and includes his London stage debut at The National Theatre in Les Blancs (2016).

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

50 Christmas Trees in a Church, Dickleburgh, Norfolk

We have a Miracle in Kigali tree again at 50 Christmas Trees in a Church, All Saints Church, Dickleburgh, Norfolk, until Sunday 6 December 2015. It was great to see Illuminee and our tree in Saturday's Eastern Daily Press.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Remember Rwanda 1994 - Genocide Commemoration Event Norwich

Thank you to everyone who joined us at last night's Remember Rwanda 1994 event at Chapel Field Methodist Church, Norwich. 

The collection for the Africa Glaven Mission raised £197.90 plus £15 gift aid; enough to buy eight family water filters to supply 200 people in Rwanda with safe drinking water. Thank you for your generosity.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Norwich Rwandan Genocide Commemoration 7 April to feature singer songwriter Jean Paul Samputu

Rwandan singer songwriter Jean Paul Samputu, who travels the world with his message of peace and reconciliation, will be in Norwich on Tuesday 7 April, to take part in the Rwandan Genocide Commemoration at Chapel Field Road Methodist Church, from 6.30pm to 8pm.

The Remember Rwanda 1994 event is being organised by Norwich resident, Illuminée Nganemariya, whose book Miracle in Kigali tells of her, and her son Roger’s, survival during the Rwandan Genocide and subsequent life in Norwich.

All are welcome at the event to light a candle in memory of the 1 million Rwandans who lost their lives during 100 days from April to July 1994. Illuminée will talk about how Rwanda is recovering from the Genocide and Jean Paul Samputu will perform his songs, which draw on the musical traditions from all of Rwanda regions.

There will be a collection for the Africa Glaven Mission, which is raising money for water purifiers in rural Rwanda. Claude Scott will also talk about the work of the Africa Glaven Mission.

Jean Paul Samputu was born in Rwanda 1962 and is a survivor of the 1994 Genocide, during which he lost his parents and three siblings. After the Genocide, Jean Paul dedicated his life and his music to further the causes of peace, healing and reconciliation. He is one of the most successful and prominent African artistes, with 16 albums and a career spanning 30 years.

Illuminée Nganemariya said: “It is wonderful that Jean Paul Samputu is joining us in Norwich on 7 April to share his message of peace and reconciliation.”

In 2014, Jean Paul recorded his latest album Rwandan Dream with Scottish musician Iain Stewart. This is a link to the song Rwandan Dream on YouTube.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Urumuri - Rwandan Genocide Survivors UK Event - Bedford 21 March 2015

Urumuri is a new association set up for UK based survivors of the Rwandan Genocide. A social event was staged in Bedford on 21 March. Rwandans gathered from London, the Midlands, Manchester, Bedford and Norwich.

Jean Paul Samputu performed at the event. This is a short film of part of one of his songs. New Rwandan singer Olivier also sang with Jean Paul.

Illuminee Nganemariya with Jean Paul Samputu

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Dickleburgh Norfolk - Christmas Tree Festival December 2014

Illuminee Nganemariya, Dickleburgh Church Norfolk 
Dickleburgh's Christmas tree festival 50 Christmas Trees in a Church opened yesterday evening and will run until Sunday 7 December.  This a photograph of Illuminee with our Miracle in Kigali tree.

Illuminee also met Richard Bacon MP, who officially opened the festival, and talked to him about his visit to Rwanda and presented him with a copy of Miracle in Kigali.

Illuminee Nganemariya with Richard Bacon MP at Dickleburgh Church