At the Kigali Genocide Memorial on 2nd September, Nigerian-French singer songwriter Asa paid respects to the victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi.  

The tour began with a laying of wreaths at mass graves where 250,000 victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi have their final resting-place. This was followed by a guided tour of the permanent exhibitions which document the genocide and its aftermath.  

During this visit, Asa and her team had the opportunity to learn about the efforts of Rwandans to rebuild and reconcile after the genocide and the work of Kigali Genocide Memorial and Aegis Trust in genocide prevention and peace education in Rwanda.  

To conclude this visit, Asa left a message in the memorial guest book. She wrote:  

“Everything I know about this country Rwanda, I learnt from books. Coming here, being so close to that painful time in history makes all my feelings from reading even more real. What happened is sad and should never again see the light. I am happy that Rwanda recognises this history and has created centres such as this to tell the stories for the generations to come. I am also grateful that the youth are being educated and equipped to continue the legacy of reconciliation and building an inclusive society. Thank you for welcoming me and my team. Best wishes.”