It was on June 30, 2009 in the evening hours that IGIHE officially launched operations after a year of preparations that had begun in 2008, starting with no much financing but only standing on great ideas.
As the years went by, the number of services provided increased, and the clientele base expanded as confidence and trust among the public bloomed. For the past 11 years, IGIHE has also been at the forefront of the online media.
It began when the use of the Internet was beginning to take root in the country, at a time when radio was the source of information, with only one television. There were few magazines and since they all printed, not everyone could afford to buy them.
IGIHE contributed to fostering a culture of reading in three languages: Kinyarwanda, English and French; mostly Kinyarwanda. With about 51% of Internet users in the country and still rising, it has been a privilege for us to have a large number of readers.
How IGIHE has expanded over the past 11 years
IGIHE’s journey over the past 11 years has been marked by progress in all corners; having started from almost nothing, with no operational place to today where it has expanded in service delivery.
Over the years, IGIHE has become a demonstration platform to hundreds of young people who have studied journalism and other talented people in the profession, allowing them to pretty show their potential and creativity, through internships and job creation.
IGIHE started with providing one media service, then gradually expanded its operations providing other IT services such as creating and managing websites, providing video production services, audio production and various other business activities. it all comes down to helping our customers marketing their businesses professionally.
For the past 11 years, IGIHE has been at the forefront of Rwanda’s most widely read online news, according to various collections. According to the International Bureau of Statistics, Alexa ranks IGIHE as the 2nd most visited website in Rwanda right after Google.com.
According to Rwandan newspapers, IGIHE is at the forefront in having the largest number of readers, with an average of 150,000 people a day, and often more than 200,000. This has been emphasized by the annual survey conducted by the National Governance Board, RGB, which has media development in its responsibilities; there Rwandans have voted for IGIHE four times in a row as the most popular online magazine.
We owe it all to you…
The birth of IGIHE and the steps it has already taken are all thanks to you, our readers and the various partners we work with. You are ones to encourage us to continue to work day in and day out by being appreciative of what we do and also sharing with us news of what is going on so that we can improve our services to you.
This 11th anniversary reminds us that we should not take for granted the trust you have placed in us since day one, and that we must continue to build on it to improve our work, and provide better services.
It also reminds us of our role in building a professional media in Rwanda and continuing to contribute to the development of our country, in line with our vision of becoming a market for information about Rwanda for Rwandans and foreigners, and broadening the boundaries of performance, insuring that everyone in the world has access to a reliable source of information for our country. Thank you for being with us on this ongoing journey.
Especially in these extraordinary times our country and the world as a whole are in, we wish you all the best, as we all follow the instructions given by the health authorities to help us continue to fight this COVID-19 pandemic.
Happy Anniversary to us all. Work continues!