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Rwandan First Lady Jeannette Kagame honored by Oklahoma Christan University

First Lady Jeannette Kagame at the OCU graduation ceremony; received honorary Doctorate Degree

First Lady Jeannette Kagame at the OCU graduation ceremony; received honorary Doctorate Degree

Oklahoma (USA) – During the graduation ceremony at the Oklahoma Christian University where her husband Paul Kagame was the keynote speaker, Rwandan First Lady Jeannette Kagame was conferred an honorary Doctorate Degree for her significant contribution to the worldwide fight against HIV/AIDS and poverty.

In her acceptance speech, the First Lady acknowledged the honour, dedicated it to Rwandans and thanked the University for its contribution towards providing quality education to Rwanda’s youth.

“I dedicate this award to the resilient men, women and children of Rwanda, with whom we toil daily, and whose lives and testimony have put me at this place of honour and prestige,” Mrs Kagame said.

But Jeannette and husband Paul Kagame were to leave the premises hurriedly as Kagame was avoiding being served with a lawsuit accusing him of ordering former Rwandan President Habyarimana’s assassination and triggering the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

See Rwanda President Paul Kagame sued in Oklahoma City federal court for killing Presidents Habyarimana and Ntaryamira .

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May 2, 2010   2 Comments

Rwandan President Paul Kagame as keynote speaker at the Oklahoma Christian University

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Rwandan graduates at Oklahom Christian University - April 2010

Oklahoma (USA) – President Paul Kagame, who was the keynote speaker Friday at the US-based Oklahoma Christian University’s commencement addressed a group of 300 and celebrated the first 10 (four girls and six boys) Rwandan graduates in the school’s Rwanda Presidential Scholars program.

Before the ceremony, two of the Rwandan graduates said they appreciated President Kagame’s presence during their graduation.

In his address, the president urged the graduates to be the transformational leaders that they have been trained to be and said education is key in helping his war-torn country continue to recover from genocide.
“Aim to touch and change the lives of your communities. In so doing, you will be making a positive change to our world and becoming better people in the process,” he said.

He observed that the graduation marks an important milestone in the partnership and friendship between OCU and Rwanda.

But the Rwandan President never mentioned the lawsuit filed against him on Thursday by the lawyers of widows Habyarimana and Ntaryamira in U.S. District Court in Oklahoma City. He left shortly before the ceremony ended in order to avoid being served with the lawsuit.

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