Pie-Pacifique Kabalira-Uwase was still an infant, his father was arrested and spent a number of years in and out of detention without having been charged or trailed for political reasons, he later passed on in 1989 when Pie-Pacifique was just 9 years old.
In 1994, the increasing political tensions resulted in the Rwandan Genocide which Pie-Pacifique and his family lived through, narrowly surviving several attempts to kill them.
Following the imprisonment of his mother in a military camp in Kigali (Rwanda’s capital city) at age 14 Pie-Pacifique became his family’s bread-winner.
Pie-Pacifique found his way back to school where he realized his talent and passion for science.
Notwithstanding the challenges, some of which include the massacres that ended the lives of some of his relatives including his brother in 1998;Pie-Pacifique completed his A-levels with distinction.
In 2001, Pie-Pacifique left his country for exile and ended up in South Africa where he started off as a car guard in the bustling streets of Durban’s Beachfront.
Against the odds, he managed to enroll at the then University of Natal, where he finished his Physics Degree in 2006, whilst he was also an active member of student leadership organizations.
About the Keynote
Witnessing: From the Rwandan tragedy to healing in South Africa
As a boy in Rwanda, Pie-Pacifique Kabalira-Uwase survived war atrocities, but he had to leave home if he wanted to stay safe. Pie-Pacifique recounts his childhood and his experiences of the genocide. He prepares to flee and ends up in South Africa.
He works as a car guard in Durban, dreaming of university. Despite obstacles, he enrols at university and receives the Mandela-Rhodes Scholarship. In this rewarding journey of self-discovery, we witness Pie-Pacifique reach for his dreams.
Duane Rockwell has been a valued entertainer ever since on the pub and club circuit, in the corporate entertainment arena, hosting at fashion shows and corporate events.
His easy-going and highly professional approach to any event makes Duane an absolute delight to deal with – always willing to go the extra mile to ensure that the function is an unforgettable and totally memorable affair.