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Knowing Kigali: What time is it?

Knowing Kigali: What time is it?

Here in this freezing city of Kigali, the sun rises before 6a.m. Now that’s a first for me. I know this because by 5.45a.m, it’s dawn enough to set out on my morning walk. This phenomenon is no different in the evening. Twilight sneaks in, again, before 6.pm, startling those of us tourists who find it strange that by the time it’s past the hour, a covering of darkness has descended comfortably, significantly. It was temporarily unsettling, these changes, coupled with Kigali’s time difference (it is an hour ahead of Lagos). Don’t get me wrong. This won’t be the first time I’d encounter a different time zone but it would certainly be experiencing the combination of another time zone and its attendant unusual day/night occurrences. Together, they were quite unnerving to deal with. In a moment of childish defiance (and maybe to keep me anchored to Lagos or keep my wits about me, I don’t know which exactly), I never adjusted my wristwatch to Kigali’s local time throughout my entire stay there. With time and deliberate efforts, my entire being, however, adapted to this peculiar, premature, sky – changing instances. They didn’t stop my sense of awe every time I[…]

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