IWD Conference 2023: Director General, Center for Black and African Arts and Civilization, Oluwabunmi Amao Urges African Governments to Emulate Kigali’s Development Model; Give Women More Chance

by Joseph Omoniyi
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Nigeria’s Director General of Center for Black and African Arts and Civilization which is under the Ministry of Information and Culture, Honorable Oluwabunmi Amao has called on African governments to emulate Kigali’s development model in order to advance the continent’s development.

Amao who made the remarks during the 2023 International Women’s Day Conference hosted by Custodian Global Consult in Rwanda’s capital city Kigali, lauded the country’s progress in infrastructure development, security, and cleanliness.

Speaking to Duchess International Magazine Correspondent, Amao emphasized the importance of good governance and leadership in driving development, noting that Rwanda’s success was a testament to the visionary leadership of President Paul Kagame. She urged other African leaders to prioritize development and take inspiration from Rwanda’s example.

“Rwanda is indeed a model for Africa, and we can all learn from its success story,” Amao stated. “As leaders, we must be committed to good governance and work towards the development of our countries.”

Amao also highlighted Rwanda’s inclusion of, and providing more opportunity for women in government, providing as one of the secrets of the country’s remarkable development.

“We realized that women are not where they ought to be like what they are doing in Kigali, and I’m impressed about the people that are doing this…when I was reading about Kigali, I realized that about 63.1% of women are in Parliament, which is not like that for other countries. So that is why we are here to talk about what other countries can do to emulate Kigali Rwanda for them to recognize us as builders, and innovators and how we can tell the whole world that yes we are women, yes we are mothers, yes we are everything,” she stated.

During her visit, Amao met with government officials, including the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Vincent Biruta, and visited several development projects in Kigali. She praised Rwanda’s focus on improving the lives of its citizens and commended the country’s efforts to empower women and youth through various initiatives.

Amao also stressed the importance of African unity and cooperation in achieving development goals, calling for increased collaboration between African countries.

“We need to work together as Africans and support each other’s efforts to achieve development,” she remarked. “We can all learn from the successes of our fellow African countries and work towards a brighter future for the continent.”

Amao’s visit to Rwanda highlights the growing interest among African leaders in learning from successful development models on the continent. As more countries seek to address the challenges of poverty, inequality, and underdevelopment, the need for innovative solutions and effective leadership has become increasingly urgent.


Joseph Omoniyi



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