Kwita Izina 2022
Kwita Izina 2022

 What transpired at the Rwanda gorilla naming ceremony – Kwita Izina 2022– Gorill naming, Gorilla trekking – Rwanda

Kwita Izina 2022, is a gorilla naming ceremony held in Rwandan every year, hosted in Musanze District, in the Northern of Rwanda. The ceremony has been held since 2005, derived from the centuries-old Rwandan tradition of naming one’s children in the presence of   family and friends.

Prominent individuals invited for Kwita Izina 2022.

For each ceremony held every year, a line of prominent individuals from across the world are given invitations to give names to new born baby gorillas at every year’s Kwita Izina ceremony. For this year, the gorilla naming ceremony took place on 2nd of September 2022, with Prince Charles, Duke of Wales toping the list of gorilla naming.

Other prominent people on the list included Didier Drogba, former Chelsea striker, Louise Mushikiwabo the Secretary General of Organization Internationale de la Francophonie, Kaddu Sebunya, CEO of the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), Kenyan music band Sauti Sol, Gilberto Silva, former Arsenal midfielder, and Salma Rhadia Mukansanga, Rwandan International Football Referee among many other prominent individuals.

The ceremony 

Kwita Izina 2022. Is modelled off an old tradition from many centuries ago in which Rwandans gave  new born children names. The population of the remaining mountain gorillas in the world is only slightly above 1000. The birth of baby gorillas comes with excitement promises a better future for their conservation. In the last 17 years, 354 gorillas have been given names in this gorilla naming ceremony called Kwita Izina.

Kwita Izina 2022. Intends to add  value to these  gorillas by giving them names the public can relate with to further conservation initiatives.

The event is an opportunity to thank the communities around Volcanoes National Park,  and the public for  protecting mountain gorillas. Kwita Izina 2022

Gorilla Conservation.

Despite efforts to protect them, Gorillas remain an endangered species, still hunted down for their meat or just to be turned into trophies. The Africa Wildlife Foundation (AWF), estimates that only about 1,000 of these great apes remain in the wild globally.

Kwita Izina 2022. Mountain gorillas are one of two subspecies of the eastern gorilla and one of the world’s largest living primates. Mountain gorillas have muscular arms, broad hands and feet and longer hair with shorter arms than their lowland cousins.

In the whole of Africa, gorillas can be trekked in Uganda, Rwanda and the democratic republic of Congo. Many conservation efforts have been started in recent years intended at protecting the mountain gorillas and as well increase their number.

Rwanda now plays a pivotal role in creating a safe space for mountain gorillas and that’s the spirit for Kwita Izina.

Contact us with any inquiries about attending the next gorilla naming ceremony or trekking mountain gorillas in Rwanda. Kwita Izina 2022

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July 14, 2024
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