Roto Tanks are number 1 in Central Africa, apparently. At least they are according to this quincaillerie in downtown Kigali. It’s not just in Central Africa they’re popular, but over in Ethiopia too – on roundabouts in the centre of Addis Ababa. I’d never heard of Roto Tanks before I moved to Kigali, but pretty much every decent-sized house, office, school and restaurant has one, sometimes two, sitting atop a small frame out the back, trying to be as unobtrusive as a 100 – 23,000 litre plastic box can be. It’s a Kigali essential – which brings me neatly to a list of home essentials for anyone thinking of moving to Kigali or already living here:
Everything else you can muddle along with. Having said that, I should also add that the list of things I wish I had brought with us, but never did, is quite long; pasta maker, various vegetable/herb/spice seeds, a medium sized Chinese supermarket, the entire contents of the top floor of Hamley’s, a decent buttery and a baker who knows how to make bread. Am I the only one sick of La Gallete? The list goes on… Please add as you see fit below.
Photograph taken from the Kigali Wire Moblog account