Nicolas Rwaka, the director of research in Chancellery for Heroes, National Orders and Decorations of Honor (CHENO) reminded the youth to uphold heroism in whatever they do.
Rwanda’s Ambassador to Morocco, Zaina Nyiramatama thanked Rwanda’s visionary leadership that promotes the culture of heroism which continues to play a critical role in national development.
He also urged the youth to stand against behaviours that can tarnish Rwanda’s reputation.
Participants of the event who shared ideas, commended Rwandans’ heroism and stressed the need for regular talks reminding them on values that should be embraced.
The ceremony was also characterized by performances including poem recital and songs praising heroes.
The majority of Rwandans living in Morocco is comprised of students studying n the country through existing partnership with Rwanda.
Rwanda’s embassy in Morocco was opened in 2020. It oversees Rwanda’s interests in other countries including Tunisia, Guinea and Mauritania.
The National Heroes’ Day is celebrated on 1st February every year.
This year’s ceremony was held under the theme ‘ Our Heroism, Our Dignity’.
According to the law establishing the Chancellery for Heroes, National Orders and Decorations of Honor "a hero is any person who pursues objectives he/she undertakes to obtain a special achievement for the public interest and with high proven integrity, sacrifice and noble courage in his/her acts and who avoids being a coward in his/her actions in very trying situations."
Rwandan heroes are classified into three categories namely:
Imanzi: The unknown soldier and Major General Fred Gisa Rwigema.
Imena: Mutara III Rudahigwa, Rwagasana Michel, Agathe Uwiringiyimana, Niyitegeka Félicité and Nyange students.
Ingenzi: No hero was classified in this category.