Ideas, Stories, and Profiles

Bibliophiles who grew up in Kigali will tell you they have not experienced a vibrant literary scene in the city since the closing of the Centre Culturel Franco-Rwandais which used to be located downtown near the main roundabout. The centre was equipped with a vast selection of books and other library materials. It also had a theatre hall, a cafe area, and a play garden.

Ardent readers who used the library often speak of the centre with a vivid memory and acute nostalgia. It is where they first fell in love with literature. Those who visited remember the old, one-storey building as a community space which did more than enhancing their language skills (French in this case). It fostered their curiosity and interest in the world of books and literature. The gains were boundless. And for adult folks, nights of music at the multipurpose venue remain unforgettable.

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