- Preheat the oven to 200ºC and grease muffin tray.
- Sieve the flour into a bowl and add caster sugar.
- Mix the eggs, buttermilk, vanilla, melted butter, white chocolate and coffee, then combine with the flour/sugar mixing roughly, ensuring you don’t over mix.
- Spoon the mixture equally into each of the 12 cylinders in the tray
- Heat the extra butter and brown sugar, stirring until the sugar dissolves
- Spoon the mixture onto each muffin, gently swirling it with a skewer
- Bake for 25–30 minutes or until risen.
Black Earth Rising – Netflix
A drama series about protagonist Kate Ashby, a British-raised Rwandan, adopted as a young girl after surviving the genocide. Following the career path of her adoptive mother, Eve, an esteemed human rights lawyer, Kate works as a legal investigator. When Eve starts working on a case involving the prosecution of an African militia leader, Kate is drawn in and forced to confront her past, proving it is impossible to escape.
Hotel Rwanda – Film
Based on events that took place at Hôtel des Mille Collines in Kigali during the Rwandan genocide, Hotel Rwanda tells the story of hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina’s efforts to save lives of his loved ones and many, many more when he took in over a thousand Tutsi refugees who were fleeing from the Hutu militia, providing them with shelter. A story of incredible courage in an environment of political corruption and violence.
Gorillas in the Mist – Film
Based on her memoir, Gorilla’s in the Mist is the true story of American naturalist Dian Fossey, played by Sigourney Weaver, who moves from Kentucky to Africa and devotes her life to studying the behaviours of the endangered Rwandan and Ugandan mountain gorillas. As a bond develops between Fossey and the primates, she becomes a fanatic animal rights activist. In her fight to protect them from the threat of poachers fearing that the animals will become extinct if their hunting continues, she puts herself in a perilous position.
Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron
Jean Patrick Nkuba is an aspiring Olympian who dreams to become Rwanda’s first Olympic medal competitor in track but his hopes of success are jeopardised when political tensions lead to civil war and his country unravelling around him. Jean Patrick, a Tutsi, finds himself in the middle of the Hutu massacre and he must run for his life to escape the mob of killers that chase him, leaving behind his homeland, devout family and the woman he loves. A gripping tale of survival, bravery and the trauma involved when forced to choose between family or freedom.
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families by Philip Gourevitch
Philip Gourevitch tells his harrowing first-hand account of the Rwandan genocide, when in April 1994 the government demanded that everyone in the Hutu majority slaughter all those in the Tutsi minority. What occurred over the next 100 days was a brutal massacre, with 800,00 Tutsis and Tutsi sympathisers were murdered. This nonfiction book chronicles Rwanda’s devasting recent history and what the response to the killings tells us about humanity.
A Thousand Hills to Heaven: Love, Hope and a Restaurant in Rwanda by Josh Rixin
A moving memoir about Josh Rixin and his wife Alissa, who as newlyweds relocated to Rwanda in an effort to provide relief to a country devastated by the atrocities of civil war. They commit themselves to helping genocide survivors, working to provide food and healthcare to rural villages. With Alissa’s foodie background they also built their successful restaurant ‘Heaven’ in Kigali which employs and trains local youths, creating much-needed jobs and renewed sense of purpose for those affected by the Rwanda’s horrific past. Alongside their restaurant, Alissa and Josh have also opened two wonderful hotels in Kigali, including Quintessentially Travel favourite, The Retreat. This is the story of how just two people really can make a difference.
RWANDA, you should be loved by The Good Ones
A trio of farmers from rural Rwanda, formed The Good Ones in 1994 as a healing method after the atrocities of the genocide, and to unite the ethnic groups in their community as each of the three members comes from a different Rwandan tribe. The band performs traditional songs about love and loss using farming tools and acoustic guitars as their only instruments with the message that people who have done bad can change to good.
The Healing Sounds of Rwanda from One&Only Gorilla’s Nest
Take a moment to reflect and listen to the sounds of the Rwandan rainforest and experience the healing power and calming influence of nature. Listen here
Umwana W’umuhanda (The Child from the Streets) By Abatwa (The Pygmy)
Abatwa is named after Rwanda’s smallest and most marginalized tribe, also known as pygmies, who come from Rwanda’s borderlands. The band creates raw, sparse and emotional sounds and through their music they discuss war, pain, healing and the environment using chants and folk instruments.