During the 30-minute programme, Quest discovers how age-old traditions like Umuganda are uniting a new generation and learns about the important role Inyambo cows in Rwandan culture.
Quest also visits the Kigali Genocide Memorial to reflect on the country’s past. Here, he meets the people determined to unite, renew, and move the country forward while educating future generations.
Honore Gatera, Director of the Kigali Genocide Memorial, is a survivor of the genocide and tells Quest why it’s important to remember the atrocities, “You’ll never be able to prevent mass atrocities, genocide, and hate, if it doesn’t start with the personal and individual commitment to the cause.”
The programme also explores Rwanda’s cultural scene as Quest meets the creative force behind a new fashion brand, Rwanda Clothing, which imports fabrics from across the continent and transforms them into bespoke garments.
Founded in 2012, Joselyne Umutoniwase tells CNN that she hopes to bring Rwandan fashion to a global audience. She says: “I think every time someone takes an outfit from here, in this show room, travels with it, to New York, to London, to Paris, that outfit can tell a different story of Rwanda.”
She explains that the garments represent many aspects of Rwanda: “I think it’s the image of Rwanda. I sell the image. I sell the creativity, the energy of the people. I sell the dream of the people who wants to move forward.”
In the final part of the show, Quest’s World of Wonder showcases the reason so many tourists visit Rwanda – mountain gorillas. Quest and his crew climb the Virunga Mountains with trekking guide Francoise Bigirimana, who had previously worked alongside renowned primatologist Dian Fossey. The programme witnesses them first-hand and hears about the conservation efforts taking place in the country.
Speaking on his experience filming the show, Richard Quest said: “I knew a visit here was bound to be exceptional, but its lived way beyond my expectations. The way the people here have faced historic horrors and then moved forward into the future… Take it from me, Rwanda is part of our World of Wonder.”