Meet Kagame Ishimwe Dieudonne, Miss Rwandan pageant organizer
As per to the interview he held with the New times, Ishimwe described himself as “a passionate, sober, disciplined guy” that loves his country, Rwanda; one who knows that “there is no one that can bring solutions to our problems but Rwandans themselves”. “I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, and I’m still single” He also added.
At just 28 years of age, Kagame Ishimwe Dieudonne is the founder and Managing Director of Rwanda Inspiration Backup, the company that is organizing this year’s Miss Rwanda beauty pageant. This is the third consecutive year that Ishimwe is handling the pageant, having done the same in 2014 and 2015. The first two pageants the inaugural Miss Rwanda 2009, and the subsequent one two years later, in 2012 had been organized by different entities.
The previous Miss Rwanda Kundwa Doriane and her run-ups.
As the retell the Moses Opobo of New times, Ishimwe said that he started organizing beauty contests while still a student at the Independent Institute of Lay Adventists of Kigali (INILAK), from where he graduated with a degree in Info Systems Management in 2012. After pulling the feat at INILAK, Ishimwe felt it was time to spread his wings, replicating the concept at other such university campuses as; the Kigali Institute of Education (KIE), Kigali Institute of Management (KIM), and the School of Finance and Banking (SFB).
“My focus has always been on young people because I believe that as young people we can create our own world and improve ourselves,” he intimated. Content with the success of the university pageants, Ishimwe decided to take his organizational skills to the next level the national level. “I went to RDB and registered my company Rwanda Inspirations Backup, after which I started organizing many different events besides Miss Rwanda, like the Young Entrepreneurs Debate competition because I believe that the key to business is communication skills. So the national young entrepreneurs’ debate competition is aimed at teaching young people to know exactly how to express themselves, because when you run a business you have to convince people to buy your products or services.”
Miss contestants at Serena hotel Gisenyi.
He encountered hard commencements
As other young and starting entrepreneurs, Ishimwe’s first trial at organizing Miss Rwanda came in 2014, two years after graduating from university. Aware of the diversions along the way, he encouraged himself to proceed the journey.
“I knew it would be a relatively slow start in terms of business, but that in subsequent years, things would get better and better.”
His solid work yielded fruit let
The poor fortunes of the 2014 Miss Rwanda contest were well borne by the contestants, with eventual winner, Colombe Akiwacu walking away with a second-hand car as winning prize. The following year, 2015, things got a little better, with the winner, Doriane Kundwa walking away with the grand prize of a brand new Suzuki SX4. As a bonus, she also received a monthly salary of Rwf 700,000 for the duration of her reign, where in past pageants there had been none. On top of this, she also received a weekly stipend of Rwf 100,000 for upkeep. This year, the winner will walk away with a brand new car, a Suzuki Swift 2015 model, and an improved monthly salary of Rwf 800,000.
His role Model
Ishimwe draws a lot of inspiration from the person of President Paul Kagame: “And for me it’s not really the fact that he is the president, but his personal story as a man, how far he has come, and that inspires so many people