My Rwanda Diary, tired of the Stew, Day 2

By Emeka Dennar

Moving from Room 3 to a more spacious and quiet Room 4 of Shaun Grilla Motel, will follow my morning devotion ritual on my second day in Kigali-the City of a thousand Hills.

With the aid of a Lagos-based colleague, Tobi Adepoju; who arrived two days before the kick-off of the 2016 CHAN, Grilla Motel was booked for most of the Nigerian Journalists who came to cover the competition.

Four men in a small room meant to take a maximum three became very compact and uncomfortable to say the least hence the decision to move to Room 4; with a bigger bed.

A day earlier, Kelechi Nkoro had suggested a visit to the Rwanda Genocide Park but I thought watching the hosts against Gabon at Amahoro will be ideal considering it will be the first match I would be covering in the competition. After mooting the latter option to Kelechi, he agreed we go to Amahoro and go to the Genocide Museum the next day.

With the hosts in action, a massive turn-out was almost inevitable; so the organizers beefed up security. Virtually everybody coming for the match passed through a series of checks.

After the rigors at the entrance, the little matter of obtaining tags from CAF was sorted and we were inside the Main Bowl.

Cheered by a very noisy crowd, Rwanda reached the quarter final of the 2016 CHAN with a 2-1 win over 10-man Gabon. Ernest Sugira scored twice and was deservedly named Man-of-the-Match for his brilliance.

The win, a second in as many games for Rwanda followed by Cote dÍvoire’s 1-0 victory over Morroco, means the Amavubi are through to the last 8 with a game to spare.

In between the security checks at the entrance and the issuance of the CAF clearance, we had lunch opposite the stadium. Don’t ask me what we ate because aside the Rice and Beans, the stew or sauce or pepper soup whatever they call it, that we were served was almost tasteless. Something I ate simply because I was hungry.

After the match between Rwanda and Gabon, I left for my base; Grilla Motel on Stone road; opposite Kigali International Airport.

The evening stroll was fast becoming a constant and Ufuoma Egbamuno and I went out once again, this time, as far as Stone Road to look for dinner. Banana, Sambusa (a lower version of Sharwarma) and soft drink would be okay for me since I had rice and beans for lunch.

After complaining about the kind of stew they have in Kigali, the owner of the restaurant promised to prepare the kind I’m used to back home. No assurances of going back there as a lot of activities have been lined up for DAY 3. Super Eagles training and press briefing, before then, a visit to the Rwanda Genocide park.

You can reach Emeka Dennar via twitter through @EmekaDennar. He is covering the African Nations Championships for and Today 95.1 FM

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  1. All these countries with their foods ehn. Sometimes I wonder how I will survive outside Nigeria & Ghana.

    All those years I made the journey between these two countries, I only ate fried food in between (Benin Rep. & Togo). Yam, potato, plantain, chicken or turkey. Cos I dey fear make I no go chop something wey go purge me.

    Anyway, i'm a sucker for hills & mountains. Would luv to see how those in Rwanda look like. Cos in the little town I grew up in Ghana (Koforidua), the landscape is second to none.

    Stay safe bro!

    *Ghanaman signing out*