Following the picture of his craft of Kigali Convention Centre (KCC) went viral, Didier Gakwisi Gisa, 13, has toured the country’s best building which he had all along been watching from outside the fence.
Accompanied by his father and mother, Gisa has happily toured KCC moving from room to room contemplating all the building’s features.
A picture of KCC’s crafted copy and a boy seated nearby went viral a few days ago, making Radisson Blu Kigali hotel which manages KCC invite the boy for a tour. Opened in July last year, KCC was built at a tune of $300 million and probably remains the best structure in Kigali.
Surprisingly, the boy who appeared in the picture is not Gisa but his friend Uwikunda aka Gasore.
“We have learned that the boy behind this widely circulated photo is a friend of Gisa! Please meet the real Gisa and his lovely family!” Tweeted Radisson Blu Kigali during the family’s tour in KCC.
The family lives nearby KCC in Gasabo District, Kimihurura Sector, Rugando Cell, Gasasa village.
Hanna Moges, the public relations officer at Radisson Blu Kigali & Convention Centre, said that they were able to reach Gisa by facilitation of different people through social media.
“We have invited him and family to tour the facility. We have gifts for him including materials that will help him develop his talent and school materials. Above all, we want to start regular competition for craft talented children and it will be named after Gisa
The competition to get Gisa’s work voiced further will start soon when all get arranged.
After the tour, Gisa said he is happy to see the building’s interior which he missed during his work of crafting KCC in clay.
“I had never been here inside KCC and I had insufficient materials. As I have seen all the features, I will add tiles and glasses when I get them. I liked constructing different things when I was too young. I also built a copy of Amahoro Stadium,” said Gisa.
Gisa’s father, Mvunabandi Gakwisi, said that his son is usually talented with drawing skills which mainly originate from their family.
“He had been doing such creations for long. There is time he saw a man riding a camel at an exhibition in Gikondo and he crafted that image. It is his innate talent and my elder brother had the same talent though he lacked support to develop it,” the father said.
Mvunabandi said he is ready to support his son by all means to develop the talent.