Naming a newly born baby has been part of Rwandan culture and tradition for centuries. Given the remarkable efforts by the Government of Rwanda, through the Rwanda Development Board and in collaboration with various conservation partners and local communities to actively protect the Mountain Gorillas and their habitat, the old naming century’s tradition was modeled on these species to get the national brand known as “Kwita Izina”.
Kwita Izina, a uniquely Rwandan event which is considered as a hybrid platform for conservation, sustainable tourism and development was introduced in 2005 with the aim of creating awareness of conservation efforts for the endangered mountain gorillas. Since then 216 mountain gorilla babies were named.
The 2017 Kwita Izina ceremony and prior events are organized as follow:
26th August 2017: Gala Dinner, the launch event of Kwita Izina week a glamorous dinner where industry leaders come together to celebrate a common cause; to support Rwanda‘s conservation success and raise funds for key conservation projects.
27th -28th August 2017: Conservation and tourism Exhibition, two day exhibition targeting the public and industry leaders; the programme consists of educational display, and networking.
28th-29th August 2017: Conversation on conservation, a high level forum to debate Africa’s common conservation challenges and resolve on best practice commitments partnering to achieve sustainable development goals.
30th -31st August 2017: Scientific tour, a limited number of behind the scenes scientific tour, only available this week, give visitors the unique opportunity of experiencing firsthand the Mountain Gorilla conservation and veterinary programme in Musanze, interacting directly with researchers and park officials. Attendance at Naming ceremony is included.
01st September 2017: Gorilla Naming Ceremony.
Let’s join together for the ultimate cerebration of life as newborn baby gorillas receive their names during the 13th hosting of Kwita Izina in Kinigi, Volcanoes National Park.
For more information on the event follow this link: www.rdb.rw/kwitizina