May 23, 2023 Iris News

African Rebirth is the source of strategic peace and stability in Africa

 African Rebirth is a Pan- African non-partisan organization that seeks to empower young African leaders. We discussed with Enoch Tumwine, President and founder, about the organization and its goals. Enoch Tumwine is a founder and the president of African Rebirth: a political scientist interested in diplomacy and strategic security. Tell us about the name of […]
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May 9, 2023 Avatar photoGuillaume Muhoza

Art community in Burundi celebrates return of Buja Sans Tabou festival

  Buja Sans Tabou festival returns with fifth edition on “Memories” theme. However, the event that once unleashed huge crowds of art lovers and other curious people is now taking place without all the old pomp. This event is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, in the art community of Burundi.  The edition, […]
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May 7, 2023 Avatar photoGuillaume Muhoza

Meat lover Arnaud Mugisha brings the MeatGala to Kigali from Bujumbura

Born out of a deep passion for meat, Arnaud Mugisha dream to create a space where people gather around the grill, share a meal, and connect with one another has become true. In the end of 2021, Mugisha started hosting barbecue events he called the MeatGala in Bujumbura. Now, the MeatGala is expanding beyond its roots […]
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May 5, 2023 Avatar photoGuillaume Muhoza

Operation « Make Bujumbura great again »

Bujumbura is engaging in a phoenix-like resurrection from the ashes. Since 2023, the Burundi Government has launched a charming initiative aiming to raise the city’s profile and establish a stronger presence on the global stage after years of lethargy and invisibility due to years of civil crisis.   It is not so often that Bujumbura, […]
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Burundi: Scholarship loans, benediction or curse for students?

February 1st, 2017, the then President of the Republic, Pierre Nkurunziza, signed a presidential decree (Nº 100/18) defining new modalities for obtaining scholarships in Burundi. The decree established a scholarship loan for students in public universities, replacing the old system of providing monthly scholarships to students in public universities. What has been the real effect of […]
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April 11, 2023 Iris News

Burundi secures $261.7 million in IMF funding to support economic recovery

Burundi has been hit hard by several shocks, including the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and limited foreign exchange availability for imports. This has led to a challenging economic situation with a high cost of living. In order to ease this situation, Burundi has sought help from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the two […]
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April 10, 2023 Avatar photoPrince Musore

East Africa’s Video Gaming Industry: A Hidden Economic Potential

As you delve into this article, one industry is ascending to new heights – the gaming market. With the recent COVID-19 outbreak, this industry has seen an unprecedented surge. Despite this global trend, the gaming industry in Burundi has faced significant hurdles and remains hidden in the shadows. Nevertheless, the gaming market worldwide is skyrocketing […]
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April 8, 2023 Evariste Niyonkuru

Halting Fishing to Heal the Lake: Tanganyika’s Three-Month Sustainability Plan

The biodiversity of Tanganyika Lake, one of the world’s natural wonders and the deepest freshwater lake in Africa, is in danger due to human activities in the region. In response, authorities from the four countries sharing the lake’s waters – Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, and Zambia – have collectively decided to suspend fishing […]
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March 12, 2023 Evariste Niyonkuru

A Tale of Opportunity: In Cibitoke, Mushroom Farming Cooperative Prospered in Wake of Rift Valley Epidemic

As a result of the Rift Valley epidemic in mid-2022, a ban on animal slaughter was put in place, prompting the Imbo people – who are big fans of meat – to switch to edible mushrooms. This presented an immense opportunity to COPEJC, a cooperative of young people who specialise in mushroom farming. The Imbo […]
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March 6, 2023 Avatar photoPrince Musore

Burundi’s Digital Leap: How Starlink’s Satellite Internet Could Change the Game

  Burundi is amongst the African countries set to benefit from Elon Musk’s Starlink technology in 2023. If this actually happens, starlink technology would be a game-changer in Burundi’s Economy as access to reliable internet connections would allow the country to bridge the digital divide, improve economic growth, education, and innovation. Starlink is a satellite […]
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February 24, 2023 Iris News

Gitega Used Electronics Equipment Vendors: “The night has descended upon us by a notch”

  Since the Gitega Province Governor decided to forbid sales of second-handed computers, phones, and accessories, life has not been easy for the vendors of those items. They request authorities to reconsider the decision. They also make a call to authorities to authorities to take into consideration all aspects of an issue before making a […]
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Art & Culture

May 9, 2023 Avatar photoGuillaume Muhoza

Art community in Burundi celebrates return of Buja Sans Tabou festival

  Buja Sans Tabou festival returns with fifth edition on “Memories” theme. However, the event that once unleashed huge crowds of art lovers and other curious people is now taking place without all the old pomp. This event is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, in the art community of Burundi.  The edition, […]
0 5min 80

April 25, 2023 Iris News

Burundi: what are the parameters of moral acceptability in art?

The Burundian Press Regulatory Board, the CNC, banned on Monday April 24, 2023, 33 songs from being played on Burundian radios and TVs. I was present at the conference where the 33 songs were sentenced to death. I must admit that I found the situation somewhat comical. I couldn’t help but laugh when I heard […]
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April 18, 2023 Avatar photoGuillaume Muhoza

Laugh your Way Through Burundi’s First-Ever Canal Comedy Buja Festival

The Festival, organized for the first time in Burundi, receives financial and logistical support from Canal Plus, the European and French embassies in Burundi, and Swiss Cooperation. The event spans two weeks of training for young aspiring humorists, culminating in three shows on three consecutive day. The first of them was held on Monday April […]
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April 17, 2023 Avatar photoPrince Musore

A Conversation With Lionel Nishimwe: On His Debut Film and His Inspirations for “A Colorful Life” — Episode 2

First of all, a big and great congratulation on your recent nominations at the Souss International Short Film Festival and the Festival International de Cinéma Vues d’Afrique. How do you feel about being recognized by African most prestigious event planners? Being nominated in those film festivals is a great honor, especially considering the fact that […]
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April 12, 2023 Avatar photoPrince Musore

Meet Lionel Nishimwe, The Award-Winning Director Who Is Putting Burundi on the Map of African Cinema — Episode 1: An Overview

He is a painter, a photographer, and a fashion model. Amongst all those talents, he nourishes a passion for the seventh art. An art through which he gave birth to a masterpiece of film worthy of the greatest screens. A film that has already awarded him international acclaim and recognition. A film that tells a […]
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April 11, 2023 Avatar photoGuillaume Muhoza

Canal Plus backs up the biggest comedy festival in Burundi’s history: Canal Comedy Buja 2023

Bujumbura, the vibrant capital of Burundi, is gearing up to host an event that promises to tickle everyone’s funny bone. Supported financially and logistically by Canal Plus, and the embassies of European Union, France, and Swiss Cooperation in Burundi, this festival is not only a celebration of comedy but also a testament to the power […]
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Science and Technology

Is The Presumed AI Art Witnessing its First Major Victims?

In a surprising move, Microsoft has cut off Twitter from its social media tools for advertisers. The tech giant said it was forced to take this step after Twitter introduced a paywall for its ad program, making it more expensive and less accessible for marketers. Shortly after the announcement, another unexpected news dropped. Accused of […]

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