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Katese Odile Gakire
Katese Odile Gakire is a professional dreamer. She is a Rwandan actor, playwright, director and cultural entrepreneur. Currently, she is the director of the Woman Cultural Centre (WCC). In 2004, she creates Ingoma Nshya, Women Initiatives, the first-ever women’s drum company in Rwanda. The company had toured in DRC, Senegal, Netherlands, USA, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Sweden, UK, Ethiopia and Mexico. She is now working on the program “I Have A Drum” that aims to secure a place for women in the drumming arena and to sustain the future of the female drummer in Rwanda and in the world. In 2012, she launches the project “Mumataha, Remember Me…” a unique project on the commemoration of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi. Expanding into realms of publishing, video, radio and theatre, the project has at its core a collection of letters written to the dead, that turns isolated grief into collaborative life.