Next week, WHYS will broadcast its first ever programmes from Rwanda.
Madeleine, Claudia, Phil (our engineer) and myself leave on Sunday to present and produce three shows in and around the capital, Kigali.
We’re going to talk about many subjects, so i wanted to get you thinking on them before we set off.
* Connected Africa : High speed fibre optic cables will be “connecting” Rwanda to the rest of Africa and the world. This programme will not just be about Rwanda. Here’s Seacom’s corporate video, and here’s an article by Sarah Lacy (who will be one of our guests ) , in which she says :
“Rwanda is emerging as an interesting test case on how a digital divide is actually being bridged in a methodical, well-thought-out, step-by-step manner.”
* Aid : Rwanda, with the leadership of Paul Kagame, wants to stop being aid-dependent. Here’s a long but detailed article on Rwanda being a “new model of economic development”
– and here’s the President himself referring to “a different discussion about aid” in the Huffington Post.
*And yes, we’ll talk about the genocide and how the country has maintained outwardly a unity and peace (by and large) since the horrific events of 15 years ago.
How on earth do you move on from an event so terrible ?
We’ve been told that some people won’t wish to talk to us , that we must be very careful about the terms we use and who we ask to speak on the programme.
We’ve also been told that people are incredibly hospitable and the country is one of the most beautiful in Africa.
Feel free to suggest things we should read , people we should speak to , places we should go and stories we should cover. We will be providing material for all BBC news programmes.
Mad or myself will post more nearer the time – just wanted to mark your cards.