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.

10 Responses to “Match of the day”

  1. Fabio says:

    Good initiative and beautiful pictures!

  2. Absolutely fantastic! Big congratulations on achieving this wonderful vision. Let’s hope we see more of the same later in the year.

  3. Rob Crilly says:

    Fantastic. I think it’s safe to say there will be massive demand. And great pictures

  4. Graham says:

    Yeah, I hope this works out for the team. Would be fabulous for footie fans in the countryside.

    Not sure my pics are quite good as your book cover Rob? When you heading to Pakistan?

  5. Loved this – a great initiative, and brilliant reporting. Found my way here from a retweet by friends at in Jordan, via BBC CoJo. All fascinating stuff…

  6. kigaliwire says:

    Thank you Matthew, much appreciated. I think if I were to do it again I would reduce the number of photographs. Say Hi to Naseem and Miriam at 7iber – I worked with them in Amman last year :)

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  8. Adam Blenford says:

    Just stumbled across this Graham – really excellent work. Some fantastic shots and a great idea and story. Well done.

  9. kigaliwire says:

    “Stumble”? I am shocked Mr. Blenford… I thought you’d have me on your iPhone homepage 😉

    Well, it’s definitely given me a taste for doing more of the same on different stories. I learned a lot.

    If I stick at it, maybe by the 10th attempt I’ll have the edit down to a more manageable 10-15 shots. This is looong.

    I appreciate the kind words. Ta.

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