Rwanda changed my life, but not as much as Uganda

Go online and read about Rwanda for more than 5 minutes and I guarantee you’ll learn three things very, very quickly – Rwanda has been “completely transformed”, “plastic bags are banned” and “the streets are clean”. These observations are factually accurate and many Rwandans are rightly proud of them. However, there’s one other, perhaps less factual, phrase you are certain to brush up against should you make even the most cursory online search for all things Rwandan. Rwanda has apparently changed a lot of people’s lives. According to the latest search results, about 18,000 of them.

Which got me thinking… In this highly competitive region, has Rwanda changed more lives (at least on a superficial, basically meaningless, virtual level) than its neighbours? It turns out, for this completely unscientific survey, it has not. That honour goes to the larger neighbour to the north:

Let’s try and deal with any theoretical margin of error in my extensive research and mirror this across blogs. The results are slightly different, but there’s no change at the top of the table.

There you have it. Conclusive proof that if it’s the life changing East/Central Africa experience you’re after, Uganda is the place for you. But, you can forget about Burundi.

Photograph of downtown Kigali by kind permission of Rwanda Nziza

4 Responses to “Rwanda changed my life, but not as much as Uganda”

  1. Diego says:

    However, in the somewhat more rigorous test which includes the country within the quotation marks, Rwanda trumps Uganda 1800:368. What’s the ‘right’ way to search?

  2. kigaliwire says:

    Ha… I think your methodology is more on the money. I figured mine would scoop up more “related” chatter, but I think it’s fair to say yours is more accurate. Thanks.

  3. Sam says:

    I cry foul. Do the search in french. Surely Burundi has deeply affected many a Gallic life

  4. kigaliwire says:

    This thing needs Phd funding. I’ll drop USAID a line….