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Visiting the residence of King Kigeli IV Rwabugiri

Visiting the residence of King Kigeli IV Rwabugiri

I haven’t done any blogging for a week. Over the past seven days, I have visited the Kigali Arena and watched the FIBA AfroBasket 2021 final. In addition, I have indulged in a couple of adventure rides along very scenic routes.

This is the first time I am using the internet since Thursday, last week. What should I write about today? Well, I have been learning history of late. I would like to share one or two things about my history lessons.

Months ago, I visited the site of King Kigeli IV Rwabugiri’s court in Bumbogo Sector, Gasabo District. Upon arrival, I saw huge sycamore trees planted to support the king’s fence. It was at his Bumbogo’s residence where the legendary king wedded Queen Kanjogera.

After the discovery of his Bumbogo court, I picked up interest in his story. During his reign, King Rwabugiri built a formidable army and established a highly organized system of governance.

During my recent tour of Nyamasheke, I stumbled into another site he called home. How many homes did he have? As I keep visiting different parts of Rwanda, I am sure I will set foot on more pieces of land he once lived on.

King Rwabugiri’s account of defense and conquest sounds like an excerpt from an action movie’s script. As fascinating as it is, his story is not a mere blockbuster thriller. It is a demonstration of patriotism and utmost sacrifices.

As I keep releasing doses of my Nyamasheke chronicles, I will share more about Rwabugiri’s footprints. I will also look into his quest for defending and expanding his territory.

The author is visiting all 30 districts of Rwanda. His tour of Nyamasheke is sponsored by Nyamasheke District, The Click Creations, Tec-Global Ltd, Elimo Real Estate and Exposure.

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