To Cesar what belongs to Cesar!

The most desirable thing on earth for any fully grown up man is being a law abiding citizen. This means paying taxes to keep the country running. When a man pays his taxes in full, he feels good about it and this wonderful feeling directly affects how he does the rest of his things. Back in the days before some of us were born or when we were just little, there was graduated tax in Uganda. This kind of tax was collected door to door, and household to household and irresponsible men of that time had it rough. Most had to flee their homes when the tax authorities where moving around.

We really must pay taxes if we want to see progress in our countries. Personally, I’ve experienced the best of the pride moments of being a man when I was paying in taxes. I mean the direct taxes. The likes of VAT are most times painless to most individuals except a few who know how to do the calculations, and the bigger the pain; the better you feel. Paying in taxes is painful, but it also makes you feel good. So one of the ways to feel better is by paying taxes; that is being a law abiding citizen. And this goes as well for the government services fees like paying for driving permit or passport; I can clearly remember the endless smiles I gave to the young pretty lady teller at Diamond Trust Bank Uganda when I was paying for my driving permit.

Now to do the needful and be a law abiding citizen, you got to have a Tax Identification Number (TIN). This is the recognition number used by the Tax Authority to identify your transactions. It is required for both businesses and personal use, for example; people who earn salaries need TIN numbers to remit their PAYE. Without a TIN in most cases, your employer cheats you by deducting your PAYE from your gross pay but doesn’t submit it to the tax body since you yourself doesn’t have a TIN.  Now in this case your employer cheats both you and the country with your indirect aid. And for the business sector, it is a MUST to have a TIN. Personally, I don’t buy from businesses which don’t have TIN numbers because it means they don’t pay taxes.

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Any country that is progressing very well towards desired goals has a proper and working tax system. Rwanda happens to be making good positive moves economically and the strict tax laws and system here makes it possible to give the citizens what they not only need, but also what they want.  A lot of my friends here say they cannot go into business simply because of the strict tax laws and proper system of collection, but one got to give what belongs to Cesar to Cesar. This has somehow become an advantage for me; I mean a lot of guys don’t want to do business because they fear the taxes, but every successful businessman knows that it is the consumers who really pay taxes. Businesses always transfer taxes on the final consumer. Only that, the percentage looks so small that most consumers don’t notice it.

Here are my thoughts on why we should give Cesar what belongs to him:

  • National security. In my country of origin; Uganda, security of the nationals has become a very worrying issue. I am now even being forced to pray more for my brothers and sisters in Uganda than pray for myself. A lot of women have been murdered and people’s properties stolen. Of late it has become a curse to be okay in Uganda. When you’re okay in that country, you become a target to the bad guys who the Uganda Police can’t stop because the force lacks logistics and intelligence to combat some of these criminal acts. And this points to lack of funding. The force might be very corrupt; but the more funding they lack the more corrupt they will be, – according to me. Let’s pay in our taxes, so these guys are okay and they may take care of our lives better.
  • Social services provision. The health sector in my motherland once again is very wanting that we the citizens are always approached to raise money for our fellow comrades seeking critical medical attention. The country cannot treat its own citizens because it is generally broke. Uganda mostly survives on hands outs from other countries and loans from the World Bank and the IMF that continuously keep adding salt to the injury. In 2015 I stayed by my mother’s side while she was undergoing treatment at the Uganda Heart Institute at Mulago Hospital and I can tell you, the bills, for just a few days was huge. I wonder how patients with minimal financial means and people to stand by their sides survive there. This should be a motivation for us to work harder so that we can finance our country through paying taxes and our country will be in position to treat and cure us. For the corrupt fellas, we will deal with them harshly.

There is one special group we have in Uganda that needs the restoration of the firing squad; the tax evaders.  It’s a common thing to see very big guys crushing big vehicles of the latest models but donning older number plates which were released before the models of cars they are driving. It hurts a lot to some of us who are trying to make a difference, but like Jesus said, “Give to Cesar what belongs to Cesar, and to God what belongs to God”.   

This has been a Jimmy Ruva creation, thanks for reading and feel free to contribute your views in the comments box below.











One popular Ugandan artist calls himself big is big; I am not sure what he means by that, but our today’s Big means multiple. Multiple in terms of ideas, works, arts, discoveries, businesses, jobs, or just multiple in a general way of doing things. It is a common phenomenon now days to see people with multiple titles, which to me is a very good thing if they are truly the titles they call themselves. We all admire those guys who are good at several things, don’t we! One guy I truly admired while growing up was Dr Mich; the celebrated MC from Uganda, I even looked up to him more when I got to know that he was a veterinary doctor professionally.

However, this article is majorly about having multiple ideas or inventing multiple projects. They always say there’s power in numbers, and today I bring my own judgment on that saying. My thought is that multiple or big is better; in that a lot of the ideas or discoveries we make as human beings don’t take off. Some of the world’s celebrated scientist and artists are known for failing multiple times before hitting the Jack pot, but I think they didn’t fail that much like we conceive it because most of these people were trying different things; most of which didn’t take off, but a few did and the few or just one made them popular.

When the world talks of a guy like Thomas Edison, we are told he failed a thousand times before inventing the light bulb, but what we are not told is that he invented several other things that never took off. What I mean is that, Mr. Thomas Edison tried several ideas and made several inventions (most of which are not known to the world) but the light bulb and a few others made him popular. Let’s have a look at the Coke Cola company; it has so many drinks or products to its name but only Coke is realistically known by almost everyone in the world.

If you are a businessman or an entrepreneur the best way to compete is by having very many inventions or products because not all will sell. Just a few do sell in real life. A popular Ugandan musician passed on a month ago and the guy was celebrated like a King. What made him that popular was the fact that he had very many music to his name. He not only sang them himself, but there are countless others he wrote for other musicians and the lyrics were hit songs. So to be a king it all goes down to coming up with several works or ideas because not all will take off, but a few or just one will do, and you will be crowned a King.

Of late originality in art is being given utmost respect, admiration, and attention, but the truly original work is produced by those who invent different things over and over again. I happen to be a part of an organization call “THE YOUNG TREPS”, which is very popular in East Africa and is steadily gaining popularity in the Asian countries and the rest of Africa. What most people don’t know is that, the founders of The Young Treps also gave birth to sister organizations like Flash Point, Shopping Basket, Panda, and the Campus Doctor among others. Not all these different companies did take off like expected, some did, and some are doing. And from a personal experience, I think its suicide to have just one idea or discovery, but a long life to have multiple or big ideas. And listed below are what one can do to get to that point.

  • Study or learn every day.
  • Invent something new every day.
  • Be consistent every day.
  • Pay attention to feedback from your audience or consumers. This is the foundation of creativity.
  • Never be untouchable just once, but do it every day and make it a habit.
  • Keep an eye on your neighbor (Competitor)
  • Don’t compete on the same grounds with others, instead create a new one.

When you at look successful companies like Nile breweries limited in Uganda, you will find that it’s not because they have the best alcoholic beverages but because they have a huge volume of different drinks, which make them successful. When the individual beverages are financially audited, chances are high that some could be making loses or operating below expected revenue targets, but because the company has a high magnitude of products, the ones selling cover for the less profitable ones, after all in huge manufacturing facilities there are always some fix costs like rent or land, thus giving good financial reasons for the less sellable products to stay in the production line.

The act of having several ideas or inventions is particularly a must for anyone or business that wants to go big or global. The simple act of buying a frying pan, cooking oil, baking floor, and charcoal stove and calling it a business should be left to the chapatti and Rolex boys. And these boys actually cheat the country because they operate unregistered and don’t pay direct taxes except for a few Municipal licenses. So to be part of the Big is Better family you got to have several ideas put into actions. Let me tell you about one business group which does that here in Rwanda and how successful it is in the next paragraph.

There’s a business group in Rwanda called Crystal Venture Limited, this business has to its name Inyange Company Ltd, NPD construction, ISCO security and Logistics company Ltd, and others. Crystal Venture limited has about ten of the most successful companies in Rwanda that I know and they themselves are customers to each other. For example Inyange supplies water, milk, and juice drinks to all the other companies, which alone provides a good percentage of Inyange’s market.  And the NPD construction takes on all the construction works of the others, while the logistics firm is charged with all their transportation and logistics needs. In other words, the different businesses are customers to each other before even stepping out to the rest of the market.

So Big or Multiple is Better. This has been a Jimmy Ruva invention, thank you for reading and feel free to leave comments.


The New

When we welcomed 2018 about two months ago on the New Year’s Eve, I sat down like everyone else and wrote plans for 2018. Normally most people come with a long to do list of their intentions in what they call “new year’s resolutions “. Mine is always short and brief, or we can just call it a theme for the year. Therefore, I labeled “2018 – My year of Jubilee and great Restoration”. Jubilation in a sense that I will do a lot of things I’ve never done before and achieve great results I’ve never achieved before. To hit my targets, I first thought of restoring myself. By restoring I mean; I searched deep down within me and took notes of the things I wanted to do as a child. You know those weird childhood dreams of like wanting to be like Superman. And by the way, so many of them are coming true now days; we even have a black superhero movie called the Black Panther.

To put a general observation of the current state of the world we are living in, there are a lot of new coming to play. Not so long ago, we watched a businessman in the name of Donald Trump become US President; something which is out of the ordinary. It used to be an all experienced politicians’ affair. We have seen China rising as the new world super power in terms of national economy and GDP. We have witnessed Rwanda a very small country in the middle of nowhere and former massacre grounds rise as a continental icon in Africa in terms of technology, good governance, peace, and security. All these new events call for doing something out of the usual. In short it is business unusual, and my 2018 is the time for just that.

Recently I added how long I’ve been on earth planet when I celebrated my birthday on 25th February and that clearly meant it is show time. There are couples of things I’ve got involved in since this year began and countless others lined up all to be accomplished this great year of Jubilee and Restoration. I will hence talk about some of these things I am undertaking in this writing hoping you the reader will find something to stir the flame that has been lying idle within yourself. Listed below are some of the things I’m calling the New me:

  1. Acting. I’ve never been an actor before, but I’ve always had this unique passion or should I call it feeling for being in the block busters. I’ve always admired actors and actresses, watched lots of movies from detective, comedy, actions, love stories, chick flicks, fairy tales, adventure, documentary, to mention but a few. I even watch news while admiring the news readers and reporters imagining myself in their shoes. I think I should be famous, I must be famous, and I will be famous. Therefore I took the initiative and joined a small group of organized actors early this month, hoping this will be my stepping stone to people’s living rooms, theaters, cinemas, laptops, and of course mobile phones and whatsapp groups.
  2. Swimming. I discovered that to be a great actor one needs to maintain a good body shape, so I joined some swimming class. I used to swim as a kid but that was child’s play in some muddy water. I can of course swim in lakes and rivers for fun, and I do go to the beach sometimes, but swimming in the swimming pool is way different from that. It takes training, hard work, and some good mental strength. It’s like running in the desert or playing beach soccer which looks easy and cool from the outside until you get to do it yourself. It’s tough but I’m pushing through, and more so it’s not an everyday thing, but a once in a week game for now since I also got plenty of other stuffs I do on a daily.
  3. Public speaking. In Rwanda people are generally laid back and stepping up to air out views is not there thing especially when the conversation is in a foreign language. This has been a huge opportunity for me and I get to talk at about all public gatherings that I attend. The people here however love asking for views from different people. I always watch the President here do that during his address. It’s not like the Ugandan thing where the big man talks for an hour and we just listen. His counterpart here likes to engage his audience and that’s how public gatherings are done in this country. So when the occasion I’m attending is in English, I always get to talk publically and this is helping a lot with building my personal confidence. It has been a good ride so far and a friend who runs a public speaking program or school has noticed me; he wants me on his team.
  4. Playing musical instruments. As a kid I used to play the drums a lot, at school and church. Somehow I am friends with the guy in charge of instruments at our church now and I always get the time to learn a few musical notes here and there. By the way, I had music as a subject in my senior one and two school, and apparently it was my best done subject. I still remember the F and G clef somehow. This is not something I am doing seriously, it’s just a pass time thing when I arrive so early for service at church, but I’m loving it and considering taking playing the drums seriously. However, I will need to create time for that.
  5. Adventure and travelling. Ever since I moved to Rwanda a year ago, I’ve only been concentrating on knowing the City of Kigali, but this year round I’ve planned and is putting aside some good financial resources for travelling alone. I need to know the entire Rwanda by the end of this year. And this also goes to travelling outside Rwanda. I have realized that travelling and exploring different things is way more knowledgeable than sitting in a classroom or reading magazines. Adventure and travel is a real life experience, and it doesn’t need a very big budget. All you need is a few like-minded friends and you’re off to explore the world.

This has been Jimmy Ruva writing, and you’re free to leave comments. Thanks for reading.




Strategically executing a plan goes down to timing. Timing is the most import element of being strategic. So what do we mean when we talk timing? From my perspective, it is considering what, when, how, where, and for who or with who. You see, when you engage in productive things faa…like a male dog who just saw an on-heat female dog for the first time and feels “this is my heaven sent opportunity”, you in most cases lose. And timing is not just about wearing a watch or setting your mobile device clock on network auto set mode. It is knowing that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west every day and there are only and only 24 hours in a day now and forever.

I remember quite well some few years ago when I was about to join University, my Dad and my former economics teacher at my school of A level all advised me to apply for humanities courses. My Dad had the argument that I could easily get jobs with Government or NGOs which were sky-rocketing the employment world in my home region of northern Uganda at the time, and my economics teacher thought I would make the grade mark for government scholarship or district quota if I apply for humanity courses since I was a good student. He was also the deputy headmaster of the school and he definitely wanted people to pile up government scholarship list to promote their school. Why on earth would an economist advise me to study humanities anyway?  And maybe he wasn’t even current. The Ugandan government was promoting sciences and government scholarships were 80% science courses.

I listened to my gut instincts however and my applied for only business courses. My reason was simple; my father is a businessman and he’s business was doing extremely well at the time. I knew I would get a free hands-on learning opportunity at my Dad’s business if I was studying business. And for long my father had been my role model since with his business he was able to do a lot of great deeds in the world that I admired of him a lot. Plus some of my high school friends whose parents were the employed type; specifically civil servants, struggled a lot with paying schools fees. Most times they would be sent home two or three times in a term (which was approximately three and half months) for schools fees.  I never imagined that happening to my children thus I went one way for business, and I got everything I wanted. Up to this very moment I help my father in running his business.

That was just step one. I then took up the challenge of working for start-ups. Working for start-ups can be a stressing job especially if you are after the money because in most cases the money isn’t there. Everyone on any start-up business team is a salesperson including the CEO and each is directly responsible for financing the organization. This tough and challenging opportunity is the best place to learn if one is interested in a business career. Wisdom comes first before wealth in most cases including in the Bible with a special exception of some few cases of inheritance. My employment with the start-ups I worked for were all failures but I learnt a lot good lessons. I failed as a person but not the companies, because all are still in existence with some above five years now which is very rare for start-ups generally.

Moving to Rwanda early 2017 was yet another strategic milestone in my life. Forget about the so much hype about Rwanda, I would describe Rwanda as a fast growing economy with a lot of untapped opportunities yet. This country is the land of opportunities. The local citizens are traditional bias against business and prefer formal or normal employment. Majority of people prefer to sit at desks and build a sexy career as opposed to getting hands dirty and mingling in the world of business or entrepreneurship. The government though is doing exceeding well in changing the locals’ mindset and promoting entrepreneurship development through provision of a favorable external business environment and partnering with developed countries to  enhance the new world culture of entrepreneurship or business. My goal now is to tap as much as I can possibly hold while I am still here, and I am looking forward to establish myself here permanently.

To make my goals and dreams come true; I know I need people. However, I don’t just allow anyone into my life. I have become very strategic in creating my connections. The rule is simple: what do you have to offer? This doesn’t go to say that I manipulate people, I only seriously consider what our friendship or connection can positively impact in my life before calling you my friend. I am not being unfair; decision like this dates back to two thousand years ago when Jesus Christ of Nazareth selected only twelve people to be on his team of ministry. And it was successful since up to this date billions of people across the earth worship him.

For me being strategic applies in all areas of my life including love life. I am not the kind of guy who is going to run after every nice looking lady searching for love. In most cases I set my grounds and love finds me. I might have failed at more than one relationship, but all those ladies were carefully and specifically selected, researched, monitored, and evaluated over time and a go for the kill decision was made. I must confess in almost all dates I got a yes on the first date and within the first five minutes of conversation. It is like applying the 80/20 rule in every aspect of your life. You first take your time to study anything you are up for, and then you execute. Remember the last word is execute, and that means ACTION. Without action at the end you will be wasting your precious time.

Thanks for reading. I am Jimmy Ruva, and feel free to leave comments.



Money and Power

To most people money is the medium of exchange, but in reality it’s more than that. Money to me is your purchasing power. It’s what differentiate a beggar from a buyer. In the world we live in today one is nothing without money. Nobody on earth respects a person without Money. Have money and the all world worships you like some god. Some people say money is the root cause of all evil, but poverty is more depressing. I will say poverty is the root cause of all evil. It’s poor people that breaks into others houses to steal some for their survival. It’s poor young ladies who can’t afford all the expenses that comes with being a woman that end up in prostitution or sleeping with rich married men to get some money. Without money chances are high one becomes something for something individual, and this deprive them of power.

Power on the other hand is the ability to be heard. There are seven billion people in this world and everybody has a say about what is going on or just how they feel on a particular day, but only those with power are listened to. To again attention in this universe you need power, and Power comes with your ability and potential to pull hundreds of thousands to your way of reasoning. Power is like sales, if you can sell, you’re listened to and your voice is heard. Without the ability to sell, you’re a nobody and no one will ever listen to you, thus you can’t have power. So one has to work really hard to develop the skills that brings power and with these skills, you’ll not only have money and Power, but also wealth and riches.

Now wealth and riches is more than just money and Power. Wealth comes when you’ve amass tons of tangible assets that translates to a huge monetary value when represented in currency form, and this is when people will call you rich. A famous Hip Hop super star by the name of 50 Cents once recorded an album and called it “get rich or die trying”. People are even willing to sacrifice their lives to get rich, it must be something very enjoyable. Now wealth and riches donot only come in the form of money, most times they are represented by wisdom. The truly wise will always be rich and wealthy. That is; to acquire a great deal of wealth and riches, one must first have great wisdom. It is also evident that the wisest man in the Bible; King Solomon, acquired a huge amount of wealth and riches, most of which were given to him freely by people who wanted some pieces of his knowledge and wisdom.

However in the case of King Solomon, his knowledge and wisdom were a blessing from God. Therefore, is all knowledge and wisdom a blessing from God? Maybe, let’s find out with some evidence. Abraham the great grandfather of the Jews was blessed by God according to the Old Testament and he acquired a lot of wealth. His grandson Jacob was blessed too by the Heavenly Father and he too acquired a great deal of wealth and riches. He even married sisters, and they were his cousins by the way, but that was Old Testament anything was possible. Jacob’s son Joseph was specifically blessed with a different form of wealth; wisdom. When he spoke he exalted power, and was made a governor in a foreign land where he had been initially sold to as a slave. So it could be true that wealth and riches are blessings from God.

There could be some people who still think money and Power are the source of all evil, but listed below are my objections from their way of thinking:

  1. With money you can make donations. There are so many people suffering in this world that calls for our attention; we the blessed. The leading donors, (and I’m not talking about blood donors) are the rich. World renowned wealthy men like Bill Gates and Sir Richard Branson are some of the famous world donors. Even Mr YK Museveni of Uganda who happens to be one of the wealthiest men in that country recently donated huge sums of money towards the treatment and then burial of a famous Afrobeats musician Mozey Radio who passed on recently. These people are known and respected because of their money and power.
  2. Power well used can transform a society. I was chatting with a friend of mine from the US who works with American embassy Kigali and she was telling me how a village Kigali was ten years ago. She had worked with the embassy ten years ago before heading to another country and lived in Kigali then. The same Kigali has been transformed so much that she feels it’s a new place all together. This is a true testimony of good leadership. Salute H.E President Paul Kagame.
  3. Money is the only source of provision. Believe me, you’ll never walk in to a supermarket and pick items off the shelves if you don’t have money. First of all, what will you be doing in a supermarket if you don’t have money. The best you will get is an arrest by the police for shoplifting.
  4. Money and Power is the foundation for all relationships. All relationships begins with what you can offer. There is a popular proverb that “your network is your networth”. Trust me, no rich person will ever be a friend to a poor man. If you want great friends, start by acquiring money and Power and people will come looking for you. Everyone will want to be your friend.

In the African tradition, every mature man was supposed to have wealth (money) and Power. Only men with wealth and power were respected. No father would ever give his daughter in marriage to a poor man.  Now days I see very poor men sleeping with beautiful women, oba where do they get the guts from! But still their days are numbered.

Thanks for reading, until next time I remain Jimmy Ruva. Feel free to leave comments.


The savings challenge

Started by one Mr Jimmy Muhinda is bringing a lot of growth minded people together as everyone wants to make 2018 their greatest year ever. It’s not the kind of challenge where there is one ultimate winner who walks out with a huge price or crown, but a challenge geared towards teaching people the important habit of saving. Many people think they’re good at saving, but the naked truth is that they’re not. I used to think I was good at saving until I joined the challenge then I discovered I am lacking. However, I am now the happiest Particepant of the challenge and here is my story.

Joining the challenge was a tough decision for me given the highly raised standard rules, but I did anyway and just a month in the game I am the happiest man alive. Saving is hard, I get that. And we all know humans especially we black people are not good at saving or just postponing utilization of our hard earned money given that we most times get our worthiness from spending money on useless things. A typical black man feels good when he’s addressed as the big spender, but that’s ignorance.

As hard as it is to save, so was it joining the savings challenge for me. I however opened my memory bank and remembered back last year 2017 around early March how I joined a writing group created by one Mr Lawrence Namale which had similar tough rules for joining, but I did join anyway and very soon we at the writers club will be celebrating our first anniversary full of job well done, because we have some incredible writers like myself Jimmy Ruva and a few others who have appeared on national newspapers, magazines, and televisions.

My journey to social transformation actually started by me joining a book sharing club. In this club we share all kinds of books from self-helps, personal development, romantic novels, business, fiction books and non-fiction among others. The book sharing club reprogrammed my mindset from pessimist to an optimist and a realist at the same time. Of course it was a journey, and I’m still on that journey, but now deep in the oceans very far from the sea shore. With my mind being reprogrammed, I quickly joined better groups like the writers, the young treps, and now the future billionaires and investors through the savings challenge.

My expectations for the future has been set so high now, especially for this year 2018. I am looking at buying shares or Co ownership in some really good start-ups, like here in Rwanda there are some pretty outstanding start-ups. Recently when German car manufacturer Volkswagen officially announced it’s start of operations for their Rwanda assembly plant which is expected to produce the first car on the market by May this year 2018, a Rwandan Tech Start-up won the contract to build their mobile solutions. This is a great deal and partnership for an African Tech Start-up who out competed great Tech services providers from the outside world. The mobile solutions is something similar to Uber, it’s like a self drive taxi where you hire a vehicle for sometime, use it, and take it back when your time elaspes.

Going back to business, here is how the savings challenge is positively impacting my life:

  1. I now save pocket change. You know those coins most of us think don’t really matter. You can give them to the kids, buy airtime with them, or even buy roasted maize by the roadside as you roll home. The truth is, when put together for some time, like a week. They make some pretty good amount of money that can buy two days full meals. I personally discovered this when I forced myself to save all the pocket change coins for just a week. I was able realize an amount good enough to buy myself a new cardigan. Kigali is a pretty cold place so I needed to add on to my arsenal of warmers. I bought a nice black hoodie, my prayers now is Sherry doesn’t take it, because she always does.
  2. I save free money too. You know that money given to you by someone unexpectedly. It was never in your plans to receive free money from anyone. You had planned your expenses and you’d enough money to meet the bills, then someone maybe your boss or an elder family member gives you free money. Before I used to drink all such money, thank God I stopped drinking. Later I picked the habit of using them to buy stuff I wanted like shoes, but that didn’t make me happy either. So I started saving them ever since I got myself into the savings challenge.
  3. I also save money I receive from buying an item at a lesser price than I expected. I recently bought a back bag at 40K Ugx, but I had planned and allocated 50K Ugx for buying the bag, so I came home from the market 10K Ugx richer. In my previous life, I would have spent that 10K there and then at the market, but this time round I was discipline and added that money to my monthly saving.
  4. I’ve put a limitation on my having fun. Back then I was a huge supporter of the popular slogan TGIF, and this took a lot of my money I could have used for something productive. I praise God that I stopped drinking alcohol. I am now able to drop all the disposal income I used to spent on alcohol into my savings account.
  5. I’ve planned to thank myself by investing in Start-ups, especially here in Rwanda where the government through the Rwanda Development Board(RDB) is doing pretty good stuff for young great minds. The private sector like Bank of Kigali in particular is also doing incredible stuff to develop the youths, and of course Africa Connect which I am a part of, is icing the cake.

Until next time, I am Jimmy Ruva. Thank you for reading, and you’re free to drop comments.


The Pros of Umuganda

Last Saturday 27th January 2018 we held our first Umuganda for this year. Umuganda is the local name given to the communal work done in Rwanda every last Saturday of the month. Ever since I moved to Kigali a year ago today, the thing I’ve felt most in love with is the Umugnda. The last Saturday of the month is always my deal breaker not because I am receiving a pay check, but because it’s communal work time. Umuganda is always opportunity time for me, maybe I am an opportunist. And I am now looking forward to this coming Sunday’s car free day.

The car free day is honored every first Sunday of the month where some parts of the city of Kigali are labeled no car zone. This event which has become a culture is done every month and residents come out in big numbers to match, walk, jog, play, and have fun on the roads of Kigali. The car free day initially was targeting saving the environment from pollution caused by vehicle emissions but has now turned into a culture. For me the Umuganda and the car free day are the most cheerful events in Kigali. Most of my best memorable moments in Kigali so far are from those two monthly events.

One of the reasons why I love these two days in particular is that I get to meet different people free of charge and create lasting connections. I would say I even made my first friendship in Kigali during Umuganda. The thing about these events is that they bring people out of their homes. The Rwandans mostly have nuclear families and prefer to stay indoors most times. I thing here privacy is a necessity. In most cases you can live in a neighborhood without knowing who lives in the next gate. Most houses are fenced and people just live in their boundaries. In the mornings you see cars rolling out, people going to work and they roll back in, in the evenings. Personally, I know my immediate neighbor well because he’s the Umudugudu (the village chief) of our area.

The habit of having nuclear families as opposed to the traditional African extended and polygamous families is backed by the constitution of the republic of Rwanda of 2003 revised in 2015 where article 17 states “a civil monogamous marriage between a man and a woman is the only recognized marital union”.  This makes polygamy illegal and an individual cannot dodge being noticed to having more than one marriage partner since the Rwandan marriages are a series of different events that can take up to a whole year. A lot of traditional family knowing ceremonies is conducted before prospective couples are civilly married at the sector (a lower level local government like town councils in Uganda) and then such couples proceed with Ubukwe (introduction) and then wedding. It’s really a long process, and I’m not yet sure if I will handle when my sherry asks for marriage.

Going back to business, let’s see the Pros of Umuganda;                                                                                            

  • It’s a nice event to meet people in the neighborhood. Now with the knowledge of how the Rwandans live, you will well agree with me that the Umuganda is one of the best moments to meet all the different people living in your neighborhood because it attracts everyone. Even the president.
  • You make friends both personally and professionally. The Umuganda offers the best free shopping center for friends. You can make a lot of friends both as a person and for professional reasons. I’ve made a lot of professional friends lately during this event since I live in a professionally rich neighborhood. The Umudugudu I mentioned earlier is a retired colonel of the Rwanda Defense Force (RDF) and one of the wealthiest men in our neighborhood.
  • It brings in community love and a sense of belonging. Every time I participate in these community events I get the feeling of belonging somewhere. This special feeling covers the fact that I am in a foreign land and hundreds of miles away from the place I call home. To me now Kigali is home. And the car free day makes me love Kigali city even the more. I see more happy years here in Kigali.
  • It teaches the life lesson of team work. Personally I prefer to do most of my tasks individually. I like going fast and being in a team always seems to slow me down. But I have learnt that it is much better to work as a team. This always reminds me of the popular African saying “alone you can go fast. But together you go far”. I think I’m now discipline enough and I work in teams.
  • It shows that baby steps make all the difference. I’ve learnt this by observing that the little work we do as a community every last Saturday of the month compounds and looks a great work done when you see it over time, like five months. I am incorporating this principle in my personal life.
  • It’s also a market place. During these events you get the opportunity to sell yourself and what you do as you change and gain new contacts. The key issue is to perform well and leave everybody asking who that guy is. I always do just that. For me every public event is show time. And I sell.
  • One can meet a marriage partner as well. These community events are taken part in by everyone and this presents an opportune time for the unmarried to find perfect match. I’m always looking even though I have a sherry. We all know marriage is a lifelong commitment and that means I have to continue looking around just to be sure I am making the perfect choice.
  • It’s also an individual corporate social responsibility. We all love giving back to the community we live in, and the Umuganda is the best way to do that.

Thank you for reading. Feel free to comment. And I want to be a better writer this year. I’ve enrolled in a writing class. Happy New Year 2018.





Jimmy The Prodigal Son.

In the early 1990’s when Jimmy Ruva was born, his parents dedicated him to the Lord God through baptism. He started off with a steady growth in faith and grew a very intelligent brilliant boy. He would top his class, work very hard at the family shop, and do all the house chores; most of which were meant for the girls. No wonder his sisters love him a lot up to this very moment. Trouble came around his early teen years as he enters puberty and the adolescent age. He became a very stubborn boy and lost his path to greatness that was predetermined by the creator before he was even conceived in his mother’s womb. This is the story of Jimmy Ruva’s early glory, downfall, and rise to grace and triumph as recorded by him.

I started off my life loving God the creator a lot. I believed everything good came from above, and it was the creator who gave man wealth and riches. This belief was planted in me by my parents who worked very hard at their business and ensured life was okay for whoever they can touch. My father was a wealthy man and he believed his wealth came from God, thus he touched every life he could lay his hands on. To him, helping the less fortunate was not just a way of giving back but a mandate or command given to him by the creator of the Universe. He took this command so seriously that he worked more than 12 hours a day to feed, clothe and school, protect and create a great future for the sheep given to him. He was a true shepherd.

Jimmy of course grew learning all this amazing examples from his father and his father was very proud of him. As he grew closer to his youthful age, his father promised to take him to the best school in the country provided he gets an excellent result with good grades in his primary seven final exams. He never disappointed. He got the first grade with good distinctions. His father was very happy. His son was going to a great school in the country and become a lawyer, a pilot, an engineer, or the likes. But Jimmy Ruva instead wanted to be a priest. All the same his father tried getting him into a seminary school, but a few laws within the seminary school system wouldn’t let him join. So they both went back to plan A. Now his father was winning, and his son would become what he has always dreamt of. And then trouble started.

At the school he joined senior one, he entered into a very bad group and become a thug. He did a lot of bad things, lost his way, and forgot about God completely. He would be in trouble after trouble, and his parents become very unhappy. God however never left him even thought he had forgotten God. He continued to perform relatively well, though his performance was slowly declining. And blinded by Satan, he couldn’t realize it. His group called themselves “the Anti-Girls Association” AGA. He was in a mixed school. The group hated girls and would beat up any girl who crosses their path. They were a no go zone for all girls in the school. To them, girls brought sin upon the earth. Their augment was baseless just like LRA’s Joseph Kony’s.

Jimmy got expelled and had to find another school. This happened at a very crucial time as they were setting their senior two End of year exams. He arrived home with only term one and two results which had very good performance but lacking the third term promotional exams report. His father being a businessman, made use of the two nice results to convince the headmaster of another good school that his son would perform miracles for them if they admitted him to senior three at their school. The headmaster bought in the father’s idea and admitted Jimmy. The boy immediately showed outstanding performances in both class and other school co-curriculum activities like debates and was unopposed elected as the Deputy or Vice Speaker of the students’ council. A position he out championed his boss, performed very well and made himself noticed within and outside the school. But his bad trails also continued. The school top administration was repeatedly accused by other students of favoring the boy, because he would openly break school rules and regulations and nothing or no form of punishment done to him.

This made him so big headed and he thought to himself he was invisible. He continued his trails of bad things and God seemed to still love him anyway even though he never stepped at the place of worship. Nice things continued happening his way, like; getting good grades, admissions to great schools, finances, human support from east and west, and he even dated the best girls in town. The kind every man would want to have, yet he ill-treated them. But little did he know that slowly he was sinking. So one day he got sick. And this sickness would change his life.

He went to a good private clinic in Kampala, and the doctor was very honest with him. All the tests the lab technician had performed came out negative. The doctor didn’t diagnose him but advised him instead. Jimmy had shown symptoms of depression. Prior to this sickness things weren’t going his way. Jimmy is addicted to winning. In his mind, he always wins and he is a winner by birth right. So he had to slow down, may be a little bit.

Kumbe, God had better plans for him. He has a sister who loves God and praying a lot. One day as the sister was going to church, she asked him to come along. It had been a decade since Jimmy last stepped foot in church. He said to himself “why not, I am sick and I need some healing”. Off they went, and the sermon at church changed his life. Seating at the back seat of the Taxi on the way back, all he could remember was how he loved and was so much loyal to God as a little boy. Thus, he silently made a promise to himself, that “as long as he lives, he will serve the Lord God.” And his life changed for better completely.




Growing up I wasn’t a disciplined child and got myself into trouble often times. I ran with the wrong guys; the kind every mother warns her kids not to befriend, and I got my fair share of disappointments and failures. My life story relates a lot with that of Joseph in the Old Testament, the only difference is; my troubles were self-inflicted. The most amazing thing however is that I always got myself up when I failed. And I failed a lot of times.  Here are some of my failures.

In March 2016 was chasing a passport. The Ugandan passport, I am a Ugandan. My father discouraged me saying; I wasn’t qualified for a passport that only kids from prominent families like the children of ministers and members of parliament qualify for a passport. Excuse my father’s ignorance. He’s not schooled. He’s a primary 6 dropout, but he has done great things anyway. I shouldn’t even have cared but I needed his financial support at that time. I was a grown up and dem broke.

But in January 2017 I moved to Kigali in Rwanda where to live and work you need a visa and work permit, all which requires a passport. I’ve a passport of course. I found another way back then. Here in Rwanda I am a part of a select team with the Africa Connekt to travel across Africa preaching the good news of entrepreneurship. I have also been included on another select team of young creative minds with the World Bank group Africa Rwanda office where I stand a high chance of representing Rwanda in April 2018 at the World Bank headquarters in Washington DC. Everything is possible.

During my secondary education, I went to four schools in six years. I was expelled from all of them. I sat both my O and A level exams from home, on indefinite suspension. Wasn’t that enough reason for me to stop schooling? No I didn’t. I made it to Makerere University’s school of statistics and planning. At some point I dropped out again. This had nothing to do with financial support. My parents love education and they will do anything for it. I was just a rebel. But here I am having an entrepreneur 4 impact (E4Impact) MBA scholarship lined up, a course offered by the Universita Cattolica del sacro cuore in Italy in collaboration with KIM University Rwanda where I am a working student. I am the public relations guy for the Center for Gender and Entrepreneurship (CGE) KIM University. This gives me access to prominent people, organizations and our funding partners like; Rwanda development board (RDB) and UN Women Rwanda. A friend of mine always says; success is for the rebels. Now I believe him.

For like a decade in my life I was addicted to really bad substances like alcohol and cud. And yet I overcame my addictions. I no longer drink, may be soda and pure heaven the non-alcoholic grape juice, and nor do I chew cud. I do go to those places like bars, pubs, night clubs, and events sometimes, mainly to meet specific people or duty calls and I don’t drink alcohol, neither do I fuck gals i meet at the clubs. My partying now days is mostly business, and once in a while to release stress and have a good time.

Back at Makerere University, I had a fine beautiful woman, now ex. she was really good in all aspects of life and I loved her a lot. But I was Mr. Wrong. She took my shits for two good years and one day she decided to move on with her life. It was the best decision she ever made, I was just a joker. My then friends and some family members all told me, I will never find someone like her again. But i do have someone better than her now. She was good and I think she still is, but the current lady is awesome. For the first time in my life, I’ve thought of marriage. I never thought of marriage back then, it was just fun. I can only compare my current woman to Michelle Obama. And she often says she will make me president.

In 2015 I worked as a salesman with The Young Treps; a business management and consultancy firm in Kampala serving the entire East African Community. I was doing well in other areas, mostly social skills, but failing at sales; which was my reason for employment. The organization was paying me well but I felt I was cheating them, so I failed and quitted. But here I am in December 2017 back as an editor and a writer with the same organization on its social media pages.  Like and follow The Young Treps on all social media platforms and visit our website I look forward to making a permanent comeback as a business partner or stockholder one day since this is a fast growing company with a great future destined to serve the whole African continent in the next five or eight years.

But what is it that makes me thick? Here’s a few of them;

  • Total faith. I don’t know what failing means, because I never give up. I only rest and adjust my sails when the current point or direction of sails seem inappropriate and a wrong turn. I never give up, I will never ever.
  • Total belief in something super-natural. I believe in God, you can also believe in anything you want. I’ve seen people worshiping pictures. That’s what they believe in. It’s a human right and judgment belongs to the big man up.
  • True persons. To make those comebacks every time you fail, you need some true people. The ones who love you unconditionally. No matter what happens, they’ll still take a bullet for you.
  • The best is yet to come. I tell myself these words almost every day. It’s my personal slogan. Try it out, or form something positive like that for yourself. It can perform miracles.
  • Love life. It’s only with the eyes of love that you’ll see prosperity in every bad situation. I mean the kind of attitude of feeling great even when you’re thrown behind bars. There was a time I disrespected my family and I was put in jail for like 30 minutes. In those 30 minutes, I had won the heart of every prisoner there and they made me their leader. Sorry for them, I wasn’t going to spend an hour in that dark cell. It was just a small misunderstanding after all.

I have just two last words for you. IT’S POSSIBLE. Use it and you will change your life. Thank you for reading, and feel free to comment.




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