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About Amakuru

I've been a member of Wikipedia since February 2006, and I was promoted to administrator in April 2016. I currently live in London, United Kingdom, having previously lived in Rwanda for several years. When I'm not reading some of the fine articles written by others, I tend to divide my Wiki-time between three main areas:

  1. Article writing, particularly those related to Rwanda, with occasional excursions into other topics. My long term goal is to get all Rwanda related articles up to B class or better, but it's slow work!
  2. WikiGnome activity, making minor fix ups here and there, links to disambiguation pages etc. I recommend WP:AWB for this kind of work.
  3. Administrative tasks and consensus building - my favourite haunt is WP:RM, where I involve myself in some discussions, close others, and work with the editors there on the direction of that process and all the policies around article titles, primary topics and notability. Now that I'm an administrator, I intend to start slowly learning the ropes in the other areas of admin activity.

I am happy to consider any reasonable administrative requests, please just leave me a message on my talk page and I'll look into it. Requests to blank the main page, block User:Jimbo Wales, or delete the Wikipedia article will likely be rejected, however....

My current username is a Kinyarwanda word, whose literal meaning is news. It is the most common greeting in the country, equivalent to the English "how are you". The dialogue goes as follows:

  • Amakuru? (What's the news?)
  • Ni meza. (It is good.)

I started editing under the separate account User:Steverwanda in 2006, and this user account has been renamed twice - it started as User:SteveRwanda, and was briefly also User:Muraho. I currently have two WP:Alternative accounts set up - User:Amakuru-Confirmed, and User:Amakuru-NotConfirmed.

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Paul Kagame

Paul Kagame (/kəˈɡɑːm/ kə-GAH-may; born 23 October 1957) is the sixth and current President of Rwanda, having taken office in 2000 when his predecessor, Pasteur Bizimungu, resigned. Kagame previously commanded the rebel force that ended the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, and was considered Rwanda's de facto leader when he served as Vice President and Minister of Defence from 1994 to 2000.

Kagame was born to a Tutsi family in southern Rwanda. When he was two years old, the Rwandan Revolution ended centuries of Tutsi political dominance; his family fled to Uganda, where he spent the rest of his childhood. In the 1980s, Kagame fought in Yoweri Museveni's rebel army, becoming a senior Ugandan army officer after Museveni's military victories carried him to the Ugandan presidency. Kagame joined the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), which invaded Rwanda in 1990; leader Fred Rwigyema died early in the war and Kagame took control. By 1993, the RPF controlled significant territory in Rwanda and a ceasefire was negotiated. The assassination of Rwandan President Habyarimana was the starting point of the genocide, in which Hutu extremists killed an estimated 500,000 to 1 million Tutsi and moderate Hutu. Kagame resumed the civil war, and ended the genocide with a military victory.

During his vice presidency, Kagame controlled the national army and maintained law and order, while other officials began rebuilding the country. Many RPF soldiers carried out retribution killings; it is disputed whether Kagame organised these, or was merely powerless to stop them. Hutu refugee camps formed in Zaire and other countries, which were controlled by the genocidaires (participants in the genocide) and threatened Rwanda's security. The RPF attacked and disbanded the camps in 1996, forcing many refugees to return home, but insurgents continued to attack Rwanda. As part of the counterinsurgency, Kagame sponsored two controversial rebel wars in Zaire. The Rwandan- and Ugandan-backed rebels won the first war (1996–97), installing Laurent-Desire Kabila as president in place of dictator Mobutu and renaming the country as the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The second war was launched in 1998 against Kabila, and later his son Joseph, following the DRC government's expulsion of Rwandan and Ugandan military forces from the country. The war escalated into a continent-wide conflict which lasted until a 2003 peace deal and ceasefire.

As president, Kagame has prioritised national development, launching a programme which aims to transform Rwanda into a middle income country by 2020. As of 2013, the country is developing strongly on key indicators including health care and education; annual growth between 2004 and 2010 averaged 8% per year. Kagame has had mostly good relations with the East African Community and the United States, while his relations with France were poor until 2009. Relations with the DRC remain tense despite the 2003 ceasefire; human rights groups and a leaked United Nations report allege Rwandan support for two insurgencies in the country, a charge Kagame denies. Several countries suspended aid payments in 2012 following these allegations. Kagame is popular in Rwanda and with some foreign observers; however, human rights groups accuse him of political repression. He won an election in 2003, under a new constitution adopted that year, and was elected for a second term in 2010. (more...)


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For outstanding work cleaning up Mexican dab links. --JaGatalk 11:14, 15 October 2010 (UTC)
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Thank you for sharing your intimate knowledge about Rwanda, Africa, for getting us closer in news (Amakuru) and images to its nature, culture and people, - you are an awesome Wikipedian! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 10:35, 1 July 2012 (UTC)
Thanks for all your work on the Paul Kagame article. It's looking loads better already. Once you're done and if you feel like putting it up for GA, I'd be happy to review it. Lemurbaby (talk) 18:04, 5 October 2012 (UTC) Barnstar of Diligence.png For all your hard work on getting the article on Paul Kagame to GA, and for everything you do to improve coverage of Rwanda on WP. Way to go! Lemurbaby (talk) 04:39, 17 May 2013 (UTC)
Original Barnstar Hires.png Thanks for your work on the RM backlog! The assistance of qualified editors like you is greatly appreciated, and helps the whole project. --BDD (talk) 19:00, 25 June 2013 (UTC)
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Two years ago, you were the 168th recipient of my PumpkinSky Prize, repeated in br'erly style, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:55, 1 July 2014 (UTC)
Tireless Contributor Barnstar Hires.gif Thanks for the Harley Davidson Club move. Salty Batter (talk) 17:04, 25 January 2015 (UTC) GA barnstar.png For your contributions to bring Rwandan Revolution to Good Article status. Thanks, and keep up the good work!  — ₳aron 09:18, 14 March 2015 (UTC)
Civility Barnstar Hires.png Thank you! I was really impressed by the constructive and non-acrimonious tone and contributions from everyone involved in the recent AFD discussion on the Alliance of Women Directors article. What could have been—with the wrong editors involved—a very nasty debate, turned into a very positive discussion. Even editors who strongly felt that the article should be deleted worked hard to find sources and fix problems with it. This is the kind of positive collaboration people don't hear a lot about in Wikipedia-land and I'd like to recognize it. Carl Henderson (talk) 19:58, 3 April 2015 (UTC) Special Barnstar Hires.png Thanks for your help! Mc twizzle (talk) 20:42, 3 September 2016 (UTC)

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Congrats on your success rate on your RFA! Hope you win! Your contribs are pretty awesome. Peter Sam Fan 19:22, 14 April 2016 (UTC)
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Here is my support for your RFA~ Winterysteppe (talk) 19:02, 15 April 2016 (UTC)
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A toast to your successful RfA! Best of luck to you! RickinBaltimore (talk) 15:42, 19 April 2016 (UTC)
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Congrats..The admins' T-shirt for you. CAPTAIN RAJU () 16:29, 19 April 2016 (UTC)
British Fireworks Championship 2009 08.jpg Thanks for making my first nomination go to the top of the charts. Congratulations! wbm1058 (talk) 16:42, 19 April 2016 (UTC)

Articles created

1973 Rwandan coup d'état · Association des Veuves du Genocide · Charlotte Wilson (VSO) · Clan (African Great Lakes) · Culture of Rwanda · Gahini · Kigali City Tower · Kigali International Airport · Lake Muhazi · Louise Mushikiwabo · Maraba coffee · Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs · Ministry of Infrastructure (Rwanda) · Mount Gahinga · Mount Huye · Mount Muhabura · Prerogative of mercy (Rwanda) · Rosemary Museminali · Ruhango · Rusumo Falls · Rwandan Revolution · The New Times (Rwanda) · Vision 2020 (Rwanda)
Rwanda districts
Burera District · Gakenke District · Gasabo District · Gicumbi District · Gisagara District · Huye District · Kamonyi District · Karongi District · Kayonza District · Kicukiro District · Muhanga District · Musanze District · Ngororero District · Nyabihu District · Nyagatare District · Nyamagabe District · Nyamasheke District · Nyanza District · Nyarugenge District · Nyaruguru District · Rubavu District · Ruhango District · Rulindo District · Rusizi District · Rutsiro District · Rwamagana District
Ayie · Cape Verde Time · Central Africa Time · East Africa Time · Gustav Adolf von Götzen · Kokrobite · Mahale Mountains National Park · Mauritius Time · Mgahinga Gorilla National Park · Muhuru Bay · MV Liemba · Seychelles Time · The EastAfrican · West Africa Time
A452 road · ACDI/VOCA · Antony Peebles · Bourbon coffee · bvi · Center for Environmental Technology · England's Glory · Harry Potter (film series) · Kieran Doherty (writer) · Lillington and Longmoore Gardens · Superette (radio) · Matthew Worthy · Meantime Brewery · Overthrow (cricket) · Pit River Bridge · Preliminary English Test · Subway (underpass)

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