Kigali, 12 August 2014

This evening in Kigali, President Kagame addressed Rwanda Leaders Fellowship during a dinner hosted by Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Ministries and Rwanda Leaders Fellowship.

Speaking on the topic of leadership, President Kagame urged the audience to move beyond the rhetoric of leadership:

Leadership has more to do with practice than theory, it’s about results, problem solving and of course it’s about people.Leaders cannot play it safe, you confront things as they are. As long as you come from a background of conviction of what you stand for and what you are trying to achieve.”

President Kagame challenged the fellowship to take responsibility in shaping a self reliant future:

Thanking God is not sufficient. We should not be thanking God because there are people who permanently carry our burden. We should be thanking God that we are in a clear process where we should be able to stand on our own two feet. Self worth is not about somebody doing something for you but about doing something for yourself and for each other.”

President Kagame concluded by defining Rwanda as a nation that goes far beyond its geographical borders:

“The country of Rwanda and the people of Rwanda are not small.You can identify Rwanda with big problems but also with big solutions and ideas.”

The gathering of leaders was attended by 100 leaders from 30 African nations as well as Russia, China, India and the U.S and serves as a prelude to the upcoming All Africa Purpose Driven Church Congress from August 6-10, 2015. The four day church congress will bring together all 54 African nations and will mark the first of five annual continent-wide conferences.