Match of the day

I headed out to Rubona, 35 kilometres east of Kigali, last Saturday to watch a football match. Stoke City were playing Arsenal at the Britannia Stadium in Stoke-upon-Trent in an English premiership match.

A contact from London was in Rwanda for one week to see how feasible it would be to broadcast live football on a large, inflatable screen in rural Rwanda. If this test went well, so the theory goes, he would try and secure funding to repeat the process at ten different locations throughout Rwanda during the World Cup in June and mirror the project over the border in Uganda, Kenya and over the way a bit, in Ghana.

I observed the team at work for a day and created the slideshow below from images I took. It was an entertaining ride, I hope you that comes across. Hit the full screen mode in the bottom right hand corner to see how the screening went, and how the people of Rubona and Rwamagana district reacted.

UPDATE: If you’re interested in a little on the making of this slideshow, I’ve blogged the back story for the BBC College of Journalism, one of my regular employers.