Rwanda’s legal framework outlines the rights of people with disabilities, but in everyday life, especially in rural areas, life as child with a disability is not easy. When Theogene Hakizimana became disabled at the age of 8, he dropped out of school and was forced to live on the streets. But his life soon changed….
Eugene Kaspersky, CEO and co-founder of Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab, is aiming for close collaboration with African governments. The Moscow-based firm opened a new office in Rwanda’s capital of Kigali. I had the chance to interview Kaspersky for Deutsche Welle at the 2019 Transform Africa Summit in Kigali. Watch the interview here: https://www.dw.com/en/kaspersky-lab-ceo-is-looks-forward-to-working-with-african-governments/av-48768351
Africa is on the move towards an ICT and knowledge driven continent. Motivated to close the gap to the rest of the world, the Transform Africa Summit is the continent’s flagship event boosting Africa’s digitalization and digital economy. I reported for Deutsche Welle Business from the summit in Kigali. https://www.dw.com/en/dw-business-africa/av-48739659 or https://www.dw.com/en/transform-africa-summit-kicks-off-in-kigali-with-a-focus-on-digital-innovation/av-48738092
Can music really change the world? One young activist in the Democratic Republic of the Congo certainly hopes so. He’s bringing together the best local musical talent to show what his city has to offer. Watch my report for Deutsche Welle’s program “77percent” which I produced together with the lovely Congolese young filmmaker Bernadette Vivuya: https://www.dw.com/en/music-as-a-weapon-in-goma/av-47227297
African fashion is on the rise! But at an international level, it doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. Rwandan designer Joselyne Umutoniwase hopes to make her mark as she takes her first haut-couture collection to the famous Milan fashion week. Find my report for Deutsche Welle TV on the ambitious fashion designer here (in English): https://www.dw.com/en/fashion-designer-joselyne-umutoniwase/av-45939626
A once-in-a-lifetime experience! Nobel Peace Prize winner Denis Mukwege in front of my camera. For almost twenty years, the Congolese gynecologist has dedicated his career to treating survivors of sexual violence in the East of DR Congo. Deutsche Welle broadcasted the interview in their News program: https://m.dw.com/en/mukwege-we-must-shift-shame-from-victim-to-rapist/av-45803713 and published a transcript version online: https://m.dw.com/en/mukwege-do-not-treat-sexual-violence-as-taboo/a-45788289
Managing rapid urbanization is an important development challenge for Africa. It poses serious problems in terms of housing and infrastructure. Rwandan architect Christian Benimana has taken up the challenge. A short documentary for Deutsche Welle’s program “The 77 percent” which shares the stories, challenges and dreams of Africa’s youth. Find it online here: https://www.dw.com/en/young-african-architects-take-on-urban-growth/av-44832739
Volkswagen has opened its first assembly plant in Rwanda. But the German car maker does not only want to sell car in the small country, but mobility. A TV report I produced for the Deutsche Welle news on the 27.06.2018 including a live interview about Volkswagen’s move and strategy. Find the TV report and live…
A short TV documentary for the German public television MDR Fernsehen about our family having moved with three young children to Rwanda. What does “home” mean living between two continents? Find it here (in German): https://www.mdr.de/nah_dran/video-119916.html
Martin Luther’s reformation split the church into Protestants and Catholics. Both call themselves Christians. 500 years later the question is: What the hack divides them still? A 15 minutes film produced for the German public television MDR Fernsehen (in German).