KWITA IZINA 2019
Kwita Izina is a century old Rwandan tradition of naming newly born human babies. in 2005, it was adapted to Mountain Gorillas by the Rwandan Development Board, Partners and local communities in an innovative effort to actively protect Mountain Gorillas and their habitat.
The ceremony is being attended by thousands of international, regional and local participants every year and the main event takes place at the foot of mount Sabyinyo, in Kinigi.
The celebration has played a huge role in bridging divides that often results from community conflicts with conservation imperatives and protected areas. It should be regarded as one of the most innovative conservation initiative on the continent.
In 2019, 25 baby gorillas have been named during the Kwita Ceremony and I was priviledged to trek 14 families and photograph 22 out of the 25 babies.
The ceremony took place on the 6th of september.
Born of Icyamamare and named Intego
Born of Mbilimbili and named Ikirenga by Marco Lambertini
Born of Twitaweho and named Intarutwa by Naomi Campbell
Born of Izihirwe and named Inkoramutima by Meddy
Born of Kabatwa and named Indongozi by Louis Van Graal
Born of Ahazaza and named Inzobere by Robert Twibaze
Born of Mbere and named Inganji by Joseph Areruya
Born of Mudahinyuka and named Isanzure by Madeleine Nyiratuza
Born of Umwumba and named Ingoga by Amina Mohammed
Born of Nsanganira and named Umwihariko by H.E. Karen Chalyan.
Born of Kurinda and named Bisoke by Jean-Nepo Musekura.
Born of Umurinzi and named Igihango by Ambassador Ron Adams
Born of Umutungo and named Ituze by Wilfred Kiboro
Born of Ruhuka and named Irembo by Niklas Adalberth
Born of Isura and named Ingando by Jeremy Jauncey
Born of Akamaro and named Karame by Anthony Nzuki
Born of Ruvumu and named Kwiganza by Sherrie Silver
Born of Imphuwe and named Uruti by Dame Louise Martin
Born of Bikereri and named Mugwire by Emmanuel Niringiyimana
Born of Teta and named Umukuru by H.E. Hailemariam Desalegn Boshe
Born of Shishikara and named Kira by Otara Gunewardene
Born of Gutangara and named Inararibonye by Paul Milton and Luke Bailes