Rwanda is currently buzzing with fanfare as the nation celebrates the ancient Kwita Izina ceremony.
It is a centuries old Rwandan tradition for giving a name to a new born baby. Rwanda celebrates new births of the rare mountain gorillas through naming.
This year’s event had many guests from within and outside the country .
As is the custom, someone is given the honour of naming at least one of the new-born baby gorillas.
One of such is Nigeria’s Amina Mohammed – Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Honoured to name baby gorilla INGOGA, which means “Courage”. We need more courage in our world. Thank you #Rwanda for showing: where political will exists, conservation can succeed. Where environmental conservation takes root, sustainable development can take hold. #KwitaIzina19 pic.twitter.com/4P2MN22hNn
— Amina J Mohammed (@AminaJMohammed) September 6, 2019
Former English and Arsenal captain Tony Adams picked the name ‘Sur’urwanda’ for a baby gorilla.
Tony Adams MB, the English football manager & Arsenal legend picked the name 'Sur'urwanda' for a baby gorilla from the Mafunzo family. The name translates to 'Visit Rwanda' symbolising the partnership Rwanda has with @Arsenal as its official tourism partner. #KwitaIzina19 pic.twitter.com/obdpejfx5l
— Kwita Izina (@Kwitaizina) September 6, 2019
Twenty-three other baby gorillas were named.
The Rwanda government says sustaining the ceremony is part of the country’s conservation efforts to protect the mountain gorillas as well as other endangered species.