|President Kagame raises a toast to solidarity and freedom with Wole Soyinka|
Kigali, 30 June 2012
On the eve of Rwanda’s 50th Independence Day, President Kagame and First Lady Jeannette Kagame hosted scholars from all over the world at a banquet that followed two days of the conference entitled “Governance and Democracy: An African Perspective.” Guest of honor Wole Soyinka opened the banquet by sharing his belief in an African Renaissance. Describing Renaissance as “the birth of a new social personality unafraid of new ways of thinking,” he reminded the audience of the need for Africa to base its future on its needs rather than externally imposed definitions.
He ended his address by pointing at Rwanda as the “phoenix that rose from the ashes agains all odds.” It is the “syntax and very language of renaissance”, he added. Concluding his remarks, Wole Soyinka reminded the audience that it is in the hands of leaders and all Africans to ensure the realization of a continent that is at peace with its people and prioritizes the wellbeing and full self realization of its people.