A piece of Rwanda to take home | new times

With the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) coming to a close, we hope our visitors have enjoyed the summit and their stay in the country. However, before you say goodbye, there are a plethora of souvenirs that we encourage you to buy to cherish the memories. here are some;


It’s rare to visit a Rwandan home and not find imigongo art hanging on the walls in the sitting room or dining area. This original art adds uniqueness to any space.

Imigongo is an artistic custom in Rwanda that is traditionally made using cow dung. It is usually made in colors such as black, white and red, with curved and symmetrical designs painted on walls, pottery, and canvas.

It is known that this art form of painting originated in the 18th century in Kibungo Province (southeastern Rwanda). It was said that Kakira, the son of Kimenyi, who was the king of Gisaka, created the art of home improvement and made them more attractive. Today’s imigongo artwork has deviated from the walls and is on portable wooden planks, panels, or hung on the wall. It is one of the things that attract tourists. You can find this type of art in many handicraft stores around the city.

Chili pepper

If you like your food hot and spicy, Akabanga is the thing for you! This is a hot sauce with chili oil made in Rwanda. It is derived from a blend of 80 percent fresh chili peppers and 20 percent vegetable oil. Unlike other hot sauces that stay in the mouth, akabanga has a very unique and delicious flavor.

Akabanga is a Kinyarwanda word meaning “a little secret” and is the name given to the chili sauce after people tasted its uniqueness. Rwandan entrepreneur and food entrepreneur Sina Gerard first invented the recipe for chili oil in 2001. Chilli oil is available in almost every store, kiosk, and supermarket. Easy to carry anywhere. Pack what you can.


African clothing known as “kitenge” is designed in a variety of ways to make it look creative, unlike before when it was only worn as a special wear for women. Today, a lot of things can be made from it, such as bags, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, headbands, quilts, doormats, lampshades, tablecloths, decorations, etc.

Popular places for stylish kitchen gadgets collection are; Rwanda clothing store, Igitenge Fashion House, Umugani Fashions, L&M store, House of Tayo, Afriek Rwanda Ltd, and more. For unique kitenge accessories, these mentioned boutiques and others in town are stocked with them.

Crochet and Knitting Elements

When it comes to design and creativity, Crotchet is the way to go. Whether it’s a sweater, dress, scarf, shoe, bag, hat, or sponge, anything crocheted looks unique. Using threads and hooks, one can generate about a million ideas for this. It is interesting that nowadays young people are learning interpersonal skills through friends and via YouTube, and creating their own business.

For quality Crotchet products, check out Komera Creative, Mpinganzima Knits, Urubohero Ethical Fashion, Kimihurura Handcraft Village, Made in Kigali Ltd boutique, Umuzabibu Mwiza – Handspun Hope and Tuberwe Knitting Tailoring & Handcraft Center. They can all be evaluated online, which means orders can be easily delivered to your doorstep.


Some of the old things may have gone away with technology and progress, but not pottery. Making pots and other objects with clay and other ceramic materials is still an art. Rwanda is a place where you would expect to find a number of original pottery collections. If you are a coffee lover, imagine sipping it in a clay cup. Whether you need vases for your flowers, tea jars, or indoor décor, pottery has many options. Recommended places for the best pottery are; Jatagara pottery. The venue features unique patterns for painting items in different colors such as blue, gray and brown. The others are Kigali Pottery, New Store Kacyiru, Urumuri Pottery and Kigali Ceramic Filter Factory collections.


Here, weaving is one of the many activities that local people do for a living, thus reducing poverty in the communities. Weaving is a practice known to heal the mind and spirit. What will you do with a basket? One may ask. But there is a lot. Baskets can be used for home decor, such as vases, centerpieces, storage, laundry, bowls, planters, etc., but they come in all colors, shapes, and designs. You can order all kinds of baskets easily from irebebaskets.rw.


The beauty of coffee is that you can have it at any time. Its flavor depends on how it is roasted. Our coffee has a noticeable earthy and nutty flavor. Rwanda is known for producing some of the best coffee in the world and has the good quality soil needed to produce delicious coffee, which is reason enough to use at least two, three or 10 cans of coffee. But if you’re not sure when you’ll return, buy a lot.

Rest assured that you will have a variety to choose from, it could be Gorilla’s Coffee, AmazonFresh Direct Trade Rwanda Ground Coffee, Rwanda Bean Ikerekezo-Vision Premium Coffee Beans, Cubico Rwanda Kopakaki Coffee, Kirkland Signature Rwanda Whole Bean Coffee or Cooper’s Rwanda Full Beans Coffee Body, Martini Medium Roast Rwanda Abakondakawa, Kivobilt Ground Coffee, Rwanda Specialty Coffee, the list is endless.

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