The most discussed topic last week was the ex-communication of singer Oda Paccy Uzamberumwana from Intore (chosen ones or noble warriors) by Eduard Bamporiki, the Chairperson of the country’s school of culture and civic education (Itorero ry’Igihugu).
In an undated and grammatically challenged statement, Bamporiki informed Rwandans that the Songstress is stripped of the title of “Intore” for “behavior that contradicts the culture of Intore”.
And on October 24, 2018, Pro-Famme-Twese Hamwe, a women’s umbrella organisation that promotes women empowerment wrote to the Minister of sports and culture “denouncing in the strongest terms possible” Paccy’s “words and photos” that “devalue women” and requested the minister to “put in place strategies that deter” the publication of such works.
Paccy’s “offence” was publishing an advert featuring a female buttocks graffiti announcing the date when her song titled “Ibyatsi” (grass for marijuana) would be launched.
On the advert, the word “ibyatsi” is provocatively emblazoned on the battocks and broken down as IBYA (balls!)-tsi.
This rubbed moral puritans the wrong way.
As is the case with these things now days, the public joined the debate using social media.