The annual Kwita Izina festival in Rwanda to kick off

Published on : Thursday, August 31, 2017

Kwita Izina festivalIn Rwanda, the annual Kwita Izina festival, a very unique baby gorilla naming ceremony would be held again. This year 19 names will be given; among them, 14 are infants born during the past year, four are females that relocated from DRC and a new group that was formed.

The Kwita Izina festival follows the Rwandan tradition where naming new-borns calls for celebration. It has gained worldwide fame and is now a tourist attraction where the lucky few get the privilege of naming a gorilla, pretty much becoming a God parent.

The function is accompanied by multiple conservation awareness events and to crown them all this year the 41st Annual World Tourism Conference is taking place in Kigali.


Through the Rwandan government’s revenue sharing programme with the communities, schools and health centres have been built along with other community initiatives. Those neighbouring the parks now know the value of conservation.

Rehabilitated former poachers now serve as guides and game wardens. Now the Rwanda Development Board needs to work out plans so that other national parks and attractions share a bit of the Kwita Izina attention.


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