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Amakuru's User Space
Sunday, 21 April
This user finished in third place in the 2021 WikiCup.
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rw-1Uyu ukoresha ashobora kugiramo uruhare n'Ikinyarwanda giciriritse.

Murakaza neza kuri paji y'ibanze yanjye!

About Amakuru

I've been a member of Wikipedia since February 2006, and I was promoted to administrator in April 2016. I currently live in London, United Kingdom, having previously lived in Rwanda for several years. When I'm not reading some of the fine articles written by others, I tend to divide my Wiki-time between three main areas:

  1. Article writing, particularly those related to Rwanda, with occasional excursions into other topics. My long term goal is to get all Rwanda related articles up to B class or better, but it's slow work!
  2. WikiGnome activity, making minor fix ups here and there, links to disambiguation pages etc. I recommend WP:AWB for this kind of work.
  3. Administrative tasks and consensus building - my favourite haunt is WP:RM, where I involve myself in some discussions, close others, and work with the editors there on the direction of that process and all the policies around article titles, primary topics and notability. Now that I'm an administrator, I intend to start slowly learning the ropes in the other areas of admin activity.

I am happy to consider any reasonable administrative requests, please just leave me a message on my talk page and I'll look into it.

My current username is a Kinyarwanda word, whose literal meaning is news. It is the most common greeting in the country, equivalent to the English "how are you". The dialogue goes as follows:

  • Amakuru? (What's the news?)
  • Ni meza. (It is good.)

I started editing under the separate account User:Steverwanda in 2006, and this user account has been renamed twice - it started as User:SteveRwanda, and was briefly also User:Muraho. I currently have three WP:Alternative accounts set up - User:Amakuru-Mobile, User:Amakuru-Confirmed, and User:Amakuru-NotConfirmed.

Featured article

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A photograph of northwestern Rwanda

Rwanda is a country in central and eastern Africa located a few degrees south of the Equator, bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. All of Rwanda is at high elevation, with a geography dominated by mountains in the west, savanna in the east, and numerous lakes throughout the country. The climate is temperate. The predominantly rural population of 11.7 million people forms three main groups: the Hutu, Tutsi, and Twa. After Rwanda was first settled by hunter-gatherers in the Stone and Iron Ages, the population coalesced into clans and then into a Tutsi-led kingdom. It was colonised by Europeans in the 19th century and gained independence from Belgium on 1 July 1962 after a Hutu revolt led to massacres of Tutsis and the establishment of a Hutu-dominated republic. In 1990 the Tutsi-led Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) launched a civil war, which was followed by the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, in which Hutu extremists killed an estimated 500,000 to 1 million Tutsi and moderate Hutu but were ultimately defeated by the RPF. The economy suffered during the genocide, but has since strengthened and depends heavily on subsistence agriculture. (more...)

Main Page trophyThis article appeared on Wikipedia's Main Page as Today's featured article on July 1, 2012.


Disambiguator's Barnstar
For outstanding work cleaning up Mexican dab links. --JaGatalk 11:14, 15 October 2010 (UTC)
Thank you for sharing your intimate knowledge about Rwanda, Africa, for getting us closer in news (Amakuru) and images to its nature, culture and people, - you are an awesome Wikipedian! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 10:35, 1 July 2012 (UTC)
Thanks for all your work on the Paul Kagame article. It's looking loads better already. Once you're done and if you feel like putting it up for GA, I'd be happy to review it. Lemurbaby (talk) 18:04, 5 October 2012 (UTC)
For all your hard work on getting the article on Paul Kagame to GA, and for everything you do to improve coverage of Rwanda on WP. Way to go! Lemurbaby (talk) 04:39, 17 May 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for your work on the RM backlog! The assistance of qualified editors like you is greatly appreciated, and helps the whole project. --BDD (talk) 19:00, 25 June 2013 (UTC)
Precious again
Two years ago, you were the 168th recipient of my PumpkinSky Prize, repeated in br'erly style, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:55, 1 July 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for the Harley Davidson Club move. Salty Batter (talk) 17:04, 25 January 2015 (UTC)
For your contributions to bring Rwandan Revolution to Good Article status. Thanks, and keep up the good work!  — ₳aron 09:18, 14 March 2015 (UTC)
Thank you! I was really impressed by the constructive and non-acrimonious tone and contributions from everyone involved in the recent AFD discussion on the Alliance of Women Directors article. What could have been—with the wrong editors involved—a very nasty debate, turned into a very positive discussion. Even editors who strongly felt that the article should be deleted worked hard to find sources and fix problems with it. This is the kind of positive collaboration people don't hear a lot about in Wikipedia-land and I'd like to recognize it. Carl Henderson (talk) 19:58, 3 April 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for your help! Mc twizzle (talk) 20:42, 3 September 2016 (UTC)

RfA Awards

Home-Made Barnstar
Congrats on your success rate on your RFA! Hope you win! Your contribs are pretty awesome. Peter Sam Fan 19:22, 14 April 2016 (UTC)
The Barnstar of Diligence
Here is my support for your RFA~ Winterysteppe (talk) 19:02, 15 April 2016 (UTC)
A beer for you!
A toast to your successful RfA! Best of luck to you! RickinBaltimore (talk) 15:42, 19 April 2016 (UTC)
Congrats..The admins' T-shirt for you. CAPTAIN RAJU () 16:29, 19 April 2016 (UTC)
Thanks for making my first nomination go to the top of the charts. Congratulations! wbm1058 (talk) 16:42, 19 April 2016 (UTC)

Articles created

1973 Rwandan coup d'état · Association des Veuves du Genocide · Charlotte Wilson (VSO) · Clan (African Great Lakes) · Culture of Rwanda · Gahini · Kigali City Tower · Kigali International Airport · Lake Muhazi · Louise Mushikiwabo · Maraba coffee · Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs · Ministry of Infrastructure (Rwanda) · Mount Gahinga · Mount Huye · Mount Muhabura · Prerogative of mercy (Rwanda) · Rosemary Museminali · Ruhango · Rusumo Falls · Rwandan Revolution · The New Times (Rwanda) · Vision 2020 (Rwanda)
Rwanda districts
Burera District · Gakenke District · Gasabo District · Gicumbi District · Gisagara District · Huye District · Kamonyi District · Karongi District · Kayonza District · Kicukiro District · Muhanga District · Musanze District · Ngororero District · Nyabihu District · Nyagatare District · Nyamagabe District · Nyamasheke District · Nyanza District · Nyarugenge District · Nyaruguru District · Rubavu District · Ruhango District · Rulindo District · Rusizi District · Rutsiro District · Rwamagana District
Ayie · Cape Verde Time · Central Africa Time · East Africa Time · Gustav Adolf von Götzen · Kokrobite · Mahale Mountains National Park · Mauritius Time · Mgahinga Gorilla National Park · Muhuru Bay · MV Liemba · Seychelles Time · The EastAfrican · West Africa Time
A452 road · ACDI/VOCA · Antony Peebles · Bourbon coffee · bvi · Center for Environmental Technology · England's Glory · Harry Potter (film series) · Kieran Doherty (writer) · Lillington and Longmoore Gardens · Superette (radio) · Matthew Worthy · Meantime Brewery · Overthrow (cricket) · Pit River Bridge · Preliminary English Test · Subway (underpass)