Rwandans are President Kagame’s unmatched role models – an engine behind his continued achievements.
Last night, while attending the International Achievement Summit in London, Kagame was awarded the ‘Golden Plate Award’ – the highest honor for individual’s contributions to Science, arts, public service, Sports and industry.
When Kagame was asked about his role model at the summit, he said:
“Only honest answer I can give is the people of Rwanda, who suffered so much, yet refused to be defeated.”
The President told the summit that Rwanda’s post Genocide government took a wise path of working together.
According to President Kagame, “True achievement is not individual. Alone, none of us can accomplish much.”
Despite all setbacks left by the 1994 genocide against Tutsi which claimed over 1 million lives, Kagame said his government believed it was possible working together.
“We believed it was possible, despite enormous odds. So we just kept going, until the vision became a reality. In terms of practical governance, what we did is ensure everyone felt they were treated equally,” he said.
Today, he added, “We have a country that has come together, united as never before, and which makes everyone proud.”
At the summit organized by the American Academy of Achievement, Kagame said the world can only be transformed if all people applied talents for common good.
“When we apply our talents toward the common good, with those around us, we can transform our world for the better.”
The Golden Plate Award has been presented since 1961 by the American Academy of Achievement to approximately 25 guests of honor at the International Achievement Summit.
Chosen by the Academy’s Awards Council and other distinguished authorities.
According to the Academy, the winners are acclaimed not as winners, but as visionaries and achievers who represent the many who excel.