PHOTOS: Rwanda celebrates ancient Kwita Izina ceremony

Mazino Dickson


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.

Former English and Arsenal captain Tony Adams  picked the name ‘Sur’urwanda’ for a baby gorilla.

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.