Kinigi was alive with excitement on Friday as the Kwita Izina ceremony took place, where 23 new baby gorillas were given their names.
This event occurred in the Musanze District, alongside Volcano National Park, which is home to more than 600 gorillas. It’s an annual tradition and this Friday marked the 19th occurrence.
Numerous celebrities from around the world attended the ceremony, including those who had the honor of naming the baby gorillas. The First Lady of Rwanda, Jeannette Kagame, graced the occasion with her presence.
It was heartwarming to see everyone filled with joy as they witnessed the proceedings and learned the names chosen for the baby gorillas.
The event commenced with lively music performances by local artists such as Bwiza, Ariel Wayz, Danny Vumbi, Riderman, and Senderi, who created a vibrant atmosphere.
Following the musical performances, the stage was taken over by the dynamic duo of journalist Samdrine Isheja and comedian Arthur Nkusi, who added a lively touch to the event.
They began by welcoming and introducing the individuals who would be naming the gorillas, all dressed in the traditional Rwandan attire known as ‘umushanana.’
This was followed by remarks from Clare Akamanzi, CEO of the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), who expressed gratitude to the local communities around the park for their dedication to conserving and maintaining a suitable environment for the mountain gorillas. The naming ceremony then commenced.
All the namers took the stage, sharing their chosen names in Kinyarwanda, each carrying a special significance reflecting Rwanda’s values and commitment to conservation.
The names given to the baby gorillas are as follows: Gakondo, Bigwi, Ingoboka, Intiganda, Aguka, Umutako, Ikirango, Ramba, Inganzo, Urunana, Impundu, Gisubizo, Intarumikwa, Nibagwire, Jijuka, Narame, Inshingano, Mukundwa, Mucungunzi, Turumwe, Mugisha, Uburinganire, and Murare.
In her closing remarks as the guest of honor at Kwita Izina, First Lady Jeannette Kagame emphasized that Rwanda would not choose between economic growth and its responsibilities towards nature. Instead, the country would continue to invest in conservation efforts as it progresses.