On Friday 7th September 2018, various dignitaries from across the globe joined Rwanda in an Annual Gorilla Conservation ceremony commonly known as “Kwita Izina.”
On this day 23 baby gorillas were named at an event which took place in Kinigi, Musanze District in the Northern Province of Rwanda.
The ceremony was graced by Rwandan Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente and attracted thousands of Rwandans, members of the diplomatic corps, foreign dignitaries, sports personalities, philanthropists and conservation enthusiasts.
Behind the scene, TOPAFRICANEWS reporter managed to capture some pictures which highlight the unstinting sweats of men and women Journalists and Photographers taking images to make sure that those who are not on the scene are enjoying the ceremony in a way alike those who were in Kinigi.
Present were International and national media including Journalists from China whose Ambassador to Rwanda Rao Hongwei named a baby gorilla “Wang Wang,” a Chinese nickname which means “Uburumbuke,” in Kinyarwanda, also “Prosperity” in English.
The theme of this year 2018 Kwita Izina is “Conservation is Life”
Rwanda’s tourism sector generated 438 million U.S dollars in 2017; however the country targets to double tourism receipts to 800 million U.S. dollars by 2024, according to Rwanda Development Board (RDB).
Gorillas contribute about 90 percent of tourism revenues from Rwanda national parks, according to RDB.
The population of mountain gorillas; one of the world’s most endangered species, increased by 25 percent from 480 in 2010 to 604 in 2016.