Espérance Nyirasafari

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Espérance Nyirasafari
Espérance Nyirasafari.jpg
Born Rwanda
Residence Kigali, Rwanda
Nationality Rwandan
Citizenship Rwanda
Occupation Lawyer, politician
Years active 2016 — present
Known for Politics, Public service
Title Cabinet Minister of Sports and Culture in the
Cabinet of Rwanda

Espérance Nyirasafari is a lawyer and politician in Rwanda, who has served as the cabinet minister at the Ministry of Sports and Culture, effective 18 October 2018.[1] Before that, from 5 October 2016 until 18 october 2018, she was the Minister of Gender and Family Promotion] (Migeprof).[2]

Background and education[edit]

She was born in Rwanda to Rwandan parents; both of whom were killed in the 1994 Rwanda Genocide, when Espérance Nyirasafari was still young.[3]


In 2009, she served as the permanent secretary in the Rwanda ministry of justice.[3] At the time of her ministerial appointment, on 5 October 2016, she is reported to have been a member of the Rwandan Parliament.[4] She replaced Diane Gashumba as minister at Migeprof, who became the Rwanda Minister of Health.[4] In the cabinet reshuffle of 31 August 2017, Espérance Nyirasafari retained her portfolio at Migeprof.[5] As cabinet minister, she advocates mutual respect among married couples to promote family harmony.[6]

In a cabinet reshuffle on 18 October 2018, Espérance Nyirasafari was appointed Cabinet Minister of Sports and Culture.[7]


Espérance Nyirasafari is a married mother.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Collins Mwai (19 October 2018). "Kagame reshuffles Cabinet, women take up more slots". New Times (Rwanda). Kigali. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  2. ^ GOR (5 October 2016). "Communique: President Kagame reshuffles the Cabinet, appoints new governors". Kigali: Government of Rwanda (GOR). Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Mugoya, Grace (5 July 2009). "The secret life of... Esperance Nyirasafari". New Times (Rwanda). Kigali. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  4. ^ a b Kagire, Edmund (5 October 2016). "Kagame drops his longest serving minister in cabinet shake up". The EastAfrican. Nairobi. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  5. ^ Kimenyi, Felly (31 August 2017). "Rwanda gets new Cabinet, who is in?". New Times (Rwanda). Kigali. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  6. ^ Rwamapera, Kelly (4 April 2017). "Gender minister calls for mutual respect among couples". The New Times (Rwanda). Kigali. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  7. ^ Jean de la Croix Tabaro (18 October 2018). "Rwanda Gets New 50-50 Gender Cabinet, Fewer Ministers". Kigali: KTPress. Retrieved 19 October 2018.

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