The event took place at the Rwandex - Mundi Center on 26th March 2023 and was well attended by guests including the British High Commissioner to Rwanda, Omar Daair, the Ambassador of Sweden to Rwanda, Johanna Teague and Miss Jeannette Uwimana, who was crowned Miss Innovation during Miss Rwanda 2022.
The exhibition showcased the talents and work of various artists and organizations, including Seeing Hands Rwanda, which trains visually impaired persons to provide massage therapy, and Imagine We, a publishing company that trains aspiring writers. Kigali Deaf Art Gallery, an organization bringing together deaf-mute persons who create different works of art, also participated.
Visitors could also meet with different artisanal groups that produce African traditional handicrafts, such as Tubiteho and Nyamirambo Women Centre, among others.
Fashion houses, including Inkanda House, Rwanda Union of Little People (RULP), and Project Sufuri, were also represented. The Community of Potters of Rwanda (COPORWA) and other umbrella organizations for marginalized members of society, including Rwanda Union of the Blind (RUB) and Organization for the Integration and Promotion of People with Albinism (OIPPA), also participated.
The event was not just a showcase of talent and creativity, but also an opportunity for visitors to learn more about inclusion and diversity in Rwanda.
Participants were entertained by the Seastarz band and singer Mani Martin, who performed songs including "It’s Okay," a song that seeks to empower those who have faced adversity and discrimination in their lives.
According to the British High Commissioner, Omar Daair, the event was organized to promote equality and showcase the uniqueness of Rwanda as a country that promotes inclusion.
He emphasized that marginalising some members of the community based on their appearance, character, or beliefs diminishes the potential gains they can bring to society. The Ikaze event was a demonstration of the true value of vibrant, inclusive economy that creates opportunity for all.
The exhibition provided a platform for marginalized people to showcase their talents.
Benjamin Nkwitonda, also known as Ben Rwanda, recited a powerful poem called "Arazira Iki?" advocating for the rights of people with disabilities.
Besides, participants of "Ikaze Bazaar" were delighted with the creative artworks exhibited at the event and stressed the need to organize such events on a regular basis to promote businesses of people from these segments of society.
The event was a resounding success and highlighted the importance of creating an inclusive society where everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed.