Kwita Izina: Kagame to Attend Naming of 22 Baby Gorillas

In Rwanda

Rwanda President Paul Kagame is today, page Friday expected to preside over the naming of 22 baby gorillas at a ceremony set to be held at Kinigi, prescription Musanze District in the Northern Province.

Dubbed Kwita Izina, a Kinyarwanda phrase meaning ‘to give a name’, the ceremony is expected to attract over 20,000 guests including players from both the conservation and tourism industries, Rwandan local entertainers and members of the communities surrounding Volcanoes National Park.

The ceremony will be the climax of the ‘Kwita Izina’ week which commenced on Friday August, 26 with a fundraising dinner held at the Kigali convention Centre.

Several other activities have taken place throughout the week, including a tourism and conservation exhibition, conservation forum and a number of other community projects.

According to the Chief Tourism Officer of the Rwanda Development Board, Ms Belise Kariza, the events are arranged to show the government’s appreciation for the work done by local communities in conservation.

Happening for the 12th time, Kwita Izina has over the years been used by the Rwandan Government to support and promote sustainable conservation of these endangered species.

It has been attended by many guests from within Rwanda and from other foreign countries.


In 2015, the event was graced by Kagame.

This year’s celebration will also feature cultural performances and renditions from local entertainers.

Tourism remains the biggest contributor to Rwanda’s revenue and according to Ms Belise, Gorillas are the biggest foreign exchange earner.

As of 2010, Rwanda recorded 480 gorillas although the number keeps increasing since more than 100 gorillas have been named since then.

This year, twin gorillas are also expected to be named. According to Volcanoes National Park officials, the incident of twin gorillas is a rare one, having been witnessed only twice.

The first pair of twin gorillas was born in 2005 and the second in 2012.

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