President Paul Kagame has this afternoon joined thousands of Rwandans and friends of the country at an annual mountain Gorilla naming ceremony.

This Kwita Izina ceremony is the 15th edition usually held in Kinigi, Musanze District, Northern Province. Conservationists, global celebrities’ renowned philanthropists and diplomats are gathered in Kinigi for the ceremony

25 baby mountain gorillas are destined to get names just as in traditional Rwandan culture whenever babies are born, there are a ceremony to initiate the newborns into the family and are given names.

The ceremony attracts global attention especially support for conservation of these rare primates that were about to extinct but have since increased in population to now 1000.

According to Rwanda Development Board, the 25 mountain baby gorillas lined up for names are from families including; Susa, Pablo, Ntambara, Igisha, Isimbi, Sabyinyo, Umubano, Kwitonda, Musirikali, Mafunzo, Kureba, Kuryama, Hirwa, Muhoza and Amahoro.

Kwita Izina has a lot of activities lined up as part of celebration of birth of these rare baby mountain gorillas.

On Saturday, at Kigali Arena, US musician Ne-Yo is expected thrill guests alongside Meddy – Rwanda’s top RnB artiste Ngabo Médard Jobert.

Other guests will be hosted at a gala dinner at the Kigali Convention Centre.

To sum it up, this ceremony will exit with the Business of Conservation Conference (September 8-9 )organized in partnership with the African Leadership University (ALU).

The Express News

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