Didier Bikorimana

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Didier Bikorimana is a Rwandan freelance journalist and fixer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and communication (with a journalism major) from the National University of Rwanda, where he graduated in 2012 as the top student in the Faculty of Arts, Media, and Social Sciences. The same year, he won Rwanda’s gender reporting award in print journalism. He was a jury member for Canada’s 2013 Campus and Community Radio Awards. His work has run on the local Radio Salus, while his articles have been printed in The New Times, KT Press (Rwanda), The Independent (Uganda), Panos London (UK), El Mundo (Spain), The Green Planet Monitor (Canada), as well as on BBC Great Lakes/BBC World Service, CBC/Radio Canada’s Dispatches, and The World This Weekend programs. He strings for BBC Gahuzamiryango, the Kirundi-Kinyarwanda-language section of the BBC Great Lakes Service.

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Rwanda’s First Blind Sports Journalist Breaks Down Barriers With Football Commentary

Sports news and commentary are a big deal on Rwanda’s radio airwaves. Hop on a bus or stroll around Kigali’s shops and bars, and chances are you’ll hear at least two voices in the studio talking about last night’s football action. Broadcasts cover everything from local football matches to the English Premier League to Spain’s La Liga....


‘I Live My Dream Every Day’ Says Rwanda’s First Female Commercial Pilot

Talk of a female commercial pilot? It would almost certainly go unnoticed in cities like New York, London, or Tokyo. Not so in Rwanda’s Kigali. In this hilly, conservative East African nation, some roles — despite the government’s huge efforts to promote gender equality — are still largely perceived as men’s domain, including piloting a...


Meet Rwanda’s Most Successful Solar Energy Entrepreneur

Just imagine a scenario where you help some members of your community meet their basic electricity needs (such as charging their cell phones), you make some money, you create some jobs, and in the process, you live your dream. Rwandan Henri Nyakarundi, 38, accomplished exactly that with his business, African Renewable Energy Distributor (ARED). ARED uses solar-powered charging...


Sweet Success: A Rwandan Entrepreneur Opens the Country’s First Ice Cream Shop

In 2008, Odile Gakire Katese, fondly referred to as Kiki, flew to Park City, Utah, in the U.S. from Kigali, Rwanda’s capital. A playwright, Katese, 39, was invited by the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab to a three-week, all-expenses-paid retreat on creating new work. She expected to refine her art and mingle with playwrights, directors, composers,...