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Kunyaza is the Rwanda-Rundi name given to a sexual practice found in the Great Lakes region of East Africa which is meant to facilitate female orgasm during intercourse.


The Rwanda-Rundi word kunyaza is derived from the verb kunyaàra, meaning "to urinate" but also signifying female ejaculation achieved by the practice.[1] It is known with various names in different regions, the regular Ugandan term being kakyabali (often kachabali in anglicised spelling) or "Western Jazz" in slang, due to its prevalence in western regions such as Ankole.[2]

Geographic extent[edit]

Kunyaza is present particularly in Rwanda, Burundi, western Uganda, western Tanzania, and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.[3] A 2008 survey with Rwandan male respondents suggested that female European visitors to the country are being introduced to the practice by local men.[4] During the 2010s, the practice saw spread through social media to Kenya.[5][6]


Kunyaza is usually considered a traditional practice in Rwanda and the folk tradition suggests that it dates back to the Third Dynasty rule. According to the lore, a royal guard the queen chose to have sex became very anxious and failed to penetrate the queen but instead, his penis rubbing against her labia and clitoris gave satisfaction.[7]

A formulated version of kunyaza was introduced to the Western public in books Weiblicher Orgasmus und weibliche Ejakulation dank afrikanischer Liebeskunst (2005) and Le secret de l’amour à l’africaine (2008) by German-based Rwandan traditional medicine specialist Nsekuye Bizimana.[3] A Chinese translation of Le secret de l’amour à l’africaine was published in Hong Kong in 2010.[8]


Progressive non-penetrative (rubbing and tapping) and penetrative (thrusting and "screwing") phases of kunyaza.

Publicised by Dr. Nsekuye Bizimana as a secure means to achieve female orgasm, often in the form of ejaculation, kunyaza involves a non-penetrative and a penetrative phase in progression:

  1. The male partner first stimulates the labia minora of the female partner by tapping and also rubbing with his penis and then, at a certain level of arousal, proceeds to stimulate the internal surfaces of the labia minora and the vulval vestibule, including the urinary meatus in the same manner, followed by stimulation of the clitoris, vulval vestibule, labia minora and the vaginal opening.[9] Removal of the female partner's pubic hair is advised for more comfortable manipulation of the penis.[10]
  2. The male partner penetrates the vagina with alternating shallow thrusts (gucuga) at the vaginal opening with deep thrusts (gucumita) pushing against the cervix while maintaining exaggerated circular movements between vagina walls in a "screwing" fashion during penetration, often facilitating the movement by holding the penis between the middle and the index finger.[9][11][12]

Nevertheless, other researchers emphasise that the version introduced by Dr. Bizimana diverts from the traditional kunyaza in fully omitting the labia elongation technique of gukuna, which is in fact seen as integral to kunyaza.[1]


As kunyaza involves some commitment of time, and, on the part of the man, restraint, it is posited as a relationship signifier. "A man only kunyazas a woman that he really cares for, whereas it would be odd to kunyaza a sex worker."[13]

In media[edit]

Kunyaza and other Rwandan sexual practices were featured in the TV5 Québec Canada documentary Le Sexe autour du monde: Rwanda aired in January 2011.[14][15] The instructional DVD Kunyaza - Afrikanische Liebeskunst by erotic film director Pierre Roshan was released by German IntimateFilm in 2011.[16] The practice (under the Ugandan name kachabali) was a topic in the SBS One documentary The Sunny Side of Sex: Uganda aired in December 2012.[17][18] ProSieben news magazine Unter fremden Decken aired the episode Sex in Ruanda that focused on kunyaza in November 2013.[19] In 2016, the documentary Sacred Water by Belgian filmmaker Olivier Jourdain, which has kunyaza as the subject matter premiered at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.[20] The documentary was released on DocsOnline in 2017.


  1. ^ a b Plaisirs croisés : gukuna-kunyaza. Missions, corps et sexualités dans le Rwanda contemporain, Michela Fusaschi, Genre, sexualité & société, Autumn 2012
  2. ^ Culture of Pulling - Weddings in Uganda Archived 2014-04-15 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ a b Kunyaza, the secret to female orgasm, AfrikNews, 30 July 2008
  4. ^ Oxlund, Bjarke. "Let's Talk About Sex: Comparing Notes from Qualitative Research on Men, Relationships and Sex in South Africa and Rwanda". In Barrett, Barbara Ann & Groes-Green, Christian. Studying Intimate Matters: Engaging Methodological Challenges in Studies on Gender, Sexuality and Reproductive Health in sub-Saharan Africa. Fountain Publishers. p. 103. ISBN 978-9970-02-999-0. 
  5. ^ New sex craze that has Nairobi women begging for more, Standard Digital News, 23 March 2015
  6. ^ Former TV Presenter Offers Sex Advice To Kenyan Ladies, Nairobi Wire, 9 June 2014
  7. ^ Matthew Stein. "Kunyara". AskMen. 
  8. ^ 商務印書館. "非洲慾經". cp1897.com.hk. 
  9. ^ a b Dr. Nsekuye Bizimana, Kunyaza, a traditional sexual technique for triggering female orgasm at heterosexual encounters. Sexologies (2010)
  10. ^ "Kunyaza, Sex Trick That Trigger Woman's Orgasm In Five Minutes". Brian Kwesiga. 
  11. ^ "Kunyaza: An Afrikan Sexual Technique". Seba Damani. 
  12. ^ "Le kunyaza, une méthode de nos ancêtres qui fait jouir intensement les femmes pendant les rapports". PAROLE D'AFRIQUE. 
  13. ^ Barrett, Barbara Ann; Groes-Green, Christian (2011). Studying Intimate Matters: Engaging Methodological Challenges in Studies on Gender, Sexuality and Reproductive Health in Sub-Saharan Africa. Christian Groes-Green. ISBN 9789970251308. 
  14. ^ "Gukuna et Kunyaza [NSFW] ou y a-t-il un rwandais dans la salle ??? · Peperuka". Peperuka: un blog du Kenya. 
  15. ^ "Le Sexe autour du monde: Rwanda". 
  16. ^ ALIVE Vertrieb und Marketing in der Entertainmentbranche AG. "AL!VE AG - Vertrieb - Entertainmentbranche". alive-ag.de. 
  17. ^ "Documentaryprogram". Programs. 
  18. ^ "An interesting Ugandan sex tip". K.L.A.W. Tips, tricks and techniques for a more fulfilling sex life. Archived from the original on 2013-10-31. 
  19. ^ "Sex in Ruanda". Unter fremden Decken - ProSieben. 
  20. ^ "Sacred Water". IDFA.