Imyemerere

I Gasabo

Nations are born and expand and so did Rwanda. Her cradle is the hill of Gasabo. The summit of this historical hill is called Rwanda and has given the name to the whole country. The monarchs and their armies who lived at Gasabo dreamed a big country and during the first centuries of the last millennium – although it may have been a little bit earlier – they started expanding it. From there, each new conquered land became the territory of Rwanda until it has become one of great nations in the region.
Apart from that thin place historically called Rwanda and the shrines scattered across the hill, today there are other places at Gasabo which recall not only its historical significance and sacredness as the nation’s cradle, but also remind us some of the traditional institutions and values of the people of Rwanda. Those places are Ku Itorero, a place of traditional school in which young boys learned elements of culture including performing arts, to be brave, patient and able to sacrifice for his country. There is also a place where a national meteorological station amavubiro was installed, as well as a place of umuganura (First-Fruits Festival) house today marked by two old trees forming a form of entrance amarembo.