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Malaika Uwamahoro

Malaika is renowned for her impactful poetry, impeccable acting skills and her work as a social activist, forging a path for other young Rwandans to follow in her footsteps.

Uwamahoro was born in 1990, before the 1994 Genocide. As a toddler, her family was always on the radio, listening for updates and news. She could sense that something was going on but she didn’t understand why her mother or grandmother were crying. Due to the instability in Rwanda, she was forced to escape Rwanda to neighbouring Uganda which she stayed until she was 7. She then moved to the US, before finally moving back in 2001.

Recounting how her experience with the genocide shaped her views as an artist, she said “When we moved back to Rwanda in 2001, even though I was born in Rwanda this was the first time I actually got to experience Rwanda and find out what happened first hand and not through my mother telling me. That’s when I realised I can’t be an artist who is just going to entertain, I have to do something with my art – give messages of hope and tell the stories of what happened because at that age I couldn’t believe that something so heinous had happened.”

This inspired Uwamahoro to give a poetry presentation at the UN headquarters in New York for the 2017 International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda, remembering and paying tribute to the victims of the 1994 Genocide.

Addressing world leaders with a message of hope, she said,“Today I have the honor to speak for people who decided that their pain would not be in vain; a people who turned their hatred into sacred lessons for us to learn from, a people who believe that change does not come from thinking and acting the same. I speak for a people who took their broken fractions and patched them to make a whole, for the spaces between them that once were holes.”

In 2017, Uwamahoro was also presented an award by the First Lady at Imbuto Foundation’s YouthConnekt Champions and Celebrating Young Rwandan Achievers Awards (CYRWA) for using art to represent the identity and culture of the country.

Speaking of the country’s efforts toward reconciliation and rebuilding of the nation: “I think Rwanda is doing a really good job. We have come so, so far, and it’s amazing to watch the progress and yes, there are still so many problems … I mean, it was a genocide; there are orphans and victims that are still alive –there’s so much that still needs to be taken care of but I really do think that as a nation and as a people we’re doing the best that we can.”

Via

The New Times

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