D-DAY: Kevin Lyttle Sets Mood For Today’s ‘Kwita Izina’

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Ndejje 78 Miracle 45

Canons 101 Falcons 91

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Warriors 71 City Oilers 83


Galdiators 35 M. Stormers 70

The 6-time Ugandan champions were nailed by a Desmond Owiri monster dunk right at the buzzer to register their second successive loss after succumbing to a78-87 loss in the hands of last year’s semifinalists DMark Power.

Nick Natuhereza’s UCU extended their unbeaten run to seven league games with the remarkable win that sent Falcons to fourth place of the log.

“We don’t work as a team and made so many unnecessary fouls to calm down the pace of the game but we were caught at the break,” Falcons coach Gat Etau told ChimpSport after the game.

A Ramadhan Dura and Steven Omony led Falcons side fought hard in the final quarter to reverse the direction of the high tempo game but UCU’s combined brilliance of Suudi Ulanga and Cyrus Kiviri killed off the game late in the last seconds.

Omony scored a game high 27 points but could not save his side from defeat.

Meanwhile a Stephen Okias inspired Ndejje Angels thrashed Miracle 78-43 to edge closer to the top half of the log.

Youngster Jonah Otim high scored for the University side recording 12 points.

store geneva; font-size: small;”>The show started in the evening hours with traditional dancers who were later followed by local artistes like Jay Polly, nurse Rasik, Frank Key and the Bless.

The crowds that included guests from foreign countries who had come for the Kwita Izina were moved when local singer Knowles moved on the stage.

However, the best performers of the night were Alikiba from Tanzania who made the crowds chant more.

The situation at the show reached its climax when Jamaican singer Kevin Lyttle moved on stage as people started chanting his name. The “You Drive Me Crazy” star also sung his hit bounce “Turn Me On” which set the crowds on fire.

Today June 22, Rwandans will celebrate the birth of 12 baby gorillas at “Kwita Izina”, the annual naming ceremony to be held at the foothills of the Virunga Mountains in Kinigi, Northern Rwanda.

The event will bring together more than 5000 residents of Musanze District and visitors from all over the world under the theme “Celebrating Nature, Empowering Communities.”

Acting CEO of the Rwanda Development Board, Ms. Clare Akamanzi said that this year, RDB will recognize the community’s role in the conservation of the mountain gorillas as well as other protected species in all of Rwanda’s national parks:

“At the 2013 Kwita Izina, we will name 12 baby gorillas and one new gorilla family. We will also show our appreciation to all those who take care of them, including rangers and veterinary doctors as well as the surrounding communities who continue to play an indispensible role in protecting Rwanda’s rare mountain gorillas,” said Akamanzi.

“Rwanda’s community led conservation efforts have led to a 26.3 percent growth in the population of gorillas since 2003 and Kwita Izina has been key to this success.”

Kwita Izina this year is more than a one day event. Several exciting events were planned leading up to the big day.

These include the launch of a women’s community project near Nyungwe, a four-day touristic caravan from Kigali to Musanze as well as “Igitaramo.”

Kwita Izina is inspired by the ancient Rwandan tradition of naming babies soon after they are born.

In the nine years since the event was established, 161 gorillas have been named in a celebration of nature and the communities who protect the majestic mountain gorilla.

List of designated 2013 gorilla namers:

1. Mr. Rifai Taleb – Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

2. Isaiah Washington IV – American actor

3. Ms. Lieke van Lexmond – Dutch model, actress and TV presenter

4. Mr. Mark van Eeuwin – Dutch actor, TV and film producer

5. Cyprian Chitundu – Managing Director of ZESCO Limited, Zambia

6. Dr. Paula Kahumbu – Executive Director of the Kenya Land Conservation Trust and Wildlife Direct, and chairman of the Friends of Nairobi National Park

7. Mr. Paul Dalgleish – Director of Sales and Marketing – Middle East- African Continent- Marriott Hotels International, Inc

8. Jeffrey David Sachs – American economist and Director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University

9. Mr. Ramsey Tokunbo Nouah Jr – Nigerian award winning actor

10. H.E. Kazuya Ogawa – Ambassador of Japan to Rwanda

11. Kidumu – Burundian musician based in Nairobi

12. Ms. Elizabeth Nyirakaragure – Rwandan veterinary officer who has worked at Volcanoes National Park for the past 25 years.

13. Ms. Chantal Nyiranyenzi – Rwandan farmer, member of Twisungane-Gatare Cooperative in Nyungwe, Southern Province since 2007

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