Institute for International Journalism Director Yusuf Kalyango's busy trip to Rwanda in February included meetings with academics, media persons and government officials.
Kalyango spent the first day of the trip, Feb. 6, in Kigali — the capital city — meeting Rwandan scribes and sitting in on meetings in two media establishments.
The next day, he traveled to the Catholic University in Kabgayi (ICK), where he met the University’s Vice Chancellor and faculty members. From the morning throughout the evening, Kalyango gave four lectures. Two were directed toward faculty: Overview of Teaching and Research in U.S. Universities and Teaching and Grading with Multimedia Tools. The other lecture, Higher Education, Professional Development and Research Opportunities in the USA, was given to students in day and evening sections.
On Feb. 8, he gave a public lecture at ICK — Role of Media in Democracy in Eastern and Southern Africa — that aired on national Rwandan TV and radio. Senators and senior military officers were present in the audience.
Kalyango returned to Kigali Feb. 9, where he toured the Presidential Palace Museum — located in a building full of escape routes that was the home of two former Rwandan presidents: Pasteur Bizimungu and Juvinal Habyarimana. There is still wreckage on display outside from the plane carrying Habyarimana that was shot down on the grounds on April 6, 1994 as it prepared to land. Habyarimana’s resulting death was a catalyst for the country’s genocide.
Via his Twitter account, Kalyango complimented Rwanda for its modernization and new life, writing that its cities “sparkle.”
Kalyango spent the final two days of his trip in meetings: first at the U.S. Embassy in Kigali, and then with editors of two national newspapers and of Rwanda TV concerning freebies and “brown envelopes.”
Julien Niyingabira, a production manager and journalist [at Radio Salus?], and Alexandre Twizeyumukiza, a lecturer at ICK, accompanied Kalyango throughout the week. Both are alumni of the Study of the U.S. Instituteat Ohio University, from years 2010 and 2012, respectively. Kalyango’s lectures were part of the IIJ-SUSI post-Institute activities.
The SUSI summer institute is funded by an annual renewable grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Study of the U.S. Branch in the Office of Academic Exchange Programs. Scholars from all over the world come to the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University to be exposed to journalism practice and media institutions in the United States.