September 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.

Group Kwitonda

Born of Icyamamare and named Intego

Group Kwitonda

Born of Mbilimbili and named Ikirenga by Marco Lambertini

Group Muhoza

Born of Twitaweho and named Intarutwa by Naomi Campbell

Group Musirikare

Born of Izihirwe and named Inkoramutima by Meddy

Group Hirwa

Born of Kabatwa and named Indongozi by Louis Van Graal

Group Agashya

Born of Ahazaza and named Inzobere by Robert Twibaze

Group Amahoro

Born of Mbere and named Inganji by Joseph Areruya

Group Amahoro

Born of Mudahinyuka and named Isanzure by Madeleine Nyiratuza

Group Umubano

Born of Umwumba and named Ingoga by Amina Mohammed

Group Ntambara

Born of Nsanganira and named Umwihariko by H.E. Karen Chalyan.

Group Ntambara

Born of Kurinda and named Bisoke by Jean-Nepo Musekura.

Group Sabyinyo

Born of Umurinzi and named Igihango by Ambassador Ron Adams

Group Sabyinyo

Born of Umutungo and named Ituze by Wilfred Kiboro

Group Isimbi

Born of Ruhuka and named Irembo by Niklas Adalberth

Group Isimbi

Born of Isura and named Ingando by Jeremy Jauncey

Group Kureba

Born of Akamaro and named Karame by Anthony Nzuki

Group Susa

Born of Ruvumu and named Kwiganza by Sherrie Silver

Group Igisha

Born of Imphuwe and named Uruti by Dame Louise Martin

Group Igisha

Born of Bikereri and named Mugwire by Emmanuel Niringiyimana

Group Pablo

Born of Teta and named Umukuru by H.E. Hailemariam Desalegn Boshe

Group Pablo

Born of Shishikara and named Kira by Otara Gunewardene

Group Pablo

Born of Gutangara and named Inararibonye by Paul Milton and Luke Bailes

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