Rwandans’ centuries-old traditions believe that a naming ceremony (with family and friends) ought to be organized for every newborn baby in the Family. In light of this, the annual Kwita Izina, the Gorilla naming Ceremony, one of Africa’s most attended and celebrated conservation events returns in Kinigi on the 1st of September 2023.
This most-awaited ceremony draws thousands of Rwandans from across the country, Global conservationists, notable partners, local and international personalities/celebrities, as well as Friends of Rwanda, and this year’s edition won’t be different.
Set to be held on the foothills of Volcanoes National Park in Kinigi, this year’s Kwita Izina will see the iconic naming of over 23 baby mountain gorillas that were born in the last one year. Since its launch 18 years ago, over 374 baby mountain gorillas have been named during the annual Kwita Izina Ceremony.
Kwita Izina Ceremony isn’t just about naming baby Gorillas but showcasing the country’s relentless conservation efforts that include the successful low volume, the high value approach to gorilla tourism, which has been fundamental in the thriving of the population of these Giant Apes, improvement in the livelihoods of communities living around the Park (through the Revenue Sharing Program), as well as the provision of better trekking experiences to travelers. Statistics indicate that the country garnered over $247 million in the first 6 months of 2023 thus a 56% increase (from $158 million) registered in the same period of 2022.