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The first cut is the deepest
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Knowing Kigali: Shop till you drop

The first cut is the deepest

Online shopping? Nah, it wasn’t for her. Didi thought as Jumia’s discount sales on bags, shoes, women’s fashion flashed invitingly on the right. She was dinosaur like that. The touch, the smell, the physical effect on her senses led to a purchase. Merely viewing them did little or nothing to compel her to give money away. Her beau once ordered a pair of well – made, hand- crafted leather slippers (online) in two distinctive designs. They were beautiful onscreen, and even more up close when they arrived. The smell of rich, brown leather and a colour on them like the coat of a thoroughbred. The only issue? They were the perfect size for their four- year old son; Didi chuckled for days. She continued scrolling down her newsfeed. Nothing intriguing caught her eye amongst the assortment of posts by friends or family. Scroll. Scroll. Scroll. Facebook seemed like the Sahara. Yudala soon took over the 100% off trend on electronics and more female accessories. Fleetingly, she paused. No harm screen- shopping. She did it all the time; then had recurring dreams about desired items much later. Once again, nothing interesting. She resumed scrolling until… She did need a new black tote though as her fingers slowed, and her gaze stayed on a collection of bags by an old acquaintance. She clicked on the first photo, and didn’t stop until she got to the very last one. Online shopping? Like Blackberry, Whatsapp, Skye, etc, there was always a first time. She made a comment beneath a particular bag in an alluring caramel shade (the seller stated it also came in ash and pink hues): Could you please post the other colours? And continued scrolling. Two days later, the same acquaintance had uploaded a completely new array of bags. A diverse range this was with equally varied sizes, shades and appeal. A black one, tasseled with the American flag’s colours seemed to draw her in. Her comment read thus: I like this. How much is it? Old Acquaintance: 6,000. Payment validates order. Didi: How do I pay? How do I get it”more

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Knowing Kigali: Shop till you drop

While on holiday in a new city, the sightseeing is always a big deal and something to look forward to.. But there exist another activity that holds a much bigger appeal than monuments, mountains, cobbled paths and the local cuisine. Retail therapy. Any traveler to a new land wants souvenirs of the place as hard evidence and/or tangible reminders of the memories of the trip. I am no different. The other day, my mum and I went to isoko kimironko , a typical local market to buy signature Kigali items. Our visit to the African market (which I tagged the Akerele of Kigali) was not only for sightseeing purposes. Unique products sang to my senses, my mum’s and my sister in law’s. And ultimately reduced our currency. Not that we’re complaining. If only we had more to spend… To round off the collecting spree, an Egypt and Middle – East International Shopping Fair coincided with our stay.Thankfully, we had see the advert early enough to reserve some money for it. We would have gladly followed the shop till you drop bidding of the fair’s banners at the entrance (of the venue) if only we had more to spend;the traders came out en masse with varied, exotic items – jewellery, bags, shoes, rugs, food, clothes, toys, furniture, lights, kitchen ware, etc. We needed more than a pair of eyes each to view all of them, and would have acquired half of the things on display if we could. All the stalls were inviting, enticing. But curb that greed (or big eye) we did and went home (after circling the venue) with an item or two that each of us was happy about. Wouldn’t you say this was a three – in – one trip then? Rwandan, Egyptian and Middle – East flavours all combined? I would.

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