The CNRU sponsors a symposium on the Author-Philosopher Nayigiziki
The forgotten writer Savio Nayigiziki, author of posthumous My Trances at 30 and the Optimist, is being rehabilitated by Emmanuel Nsengiyumva, Doctor of Letters and Head of UNATEK’s Rulindo Campus.
This Thursday, June 14, 18, a mini conference is organized by UNATEK-Rulindo around the work of Savio Nayigiziki (1915-1984) with logistical support from the CNRU / Rwandan National Commission for UNESCO. Emmanuel Nsengiyumva took care to invite many intellectuals who knew from near or far this Rwandan writer that the Belgian colonial regime and the first two republics took care to put in the shade.
"He did not bother anyone but he was singular, unconventional," seemed to say the speakers who have spoken to show that he was ahead of his time and that, towards the end of his Latin humanities, in Latin second, raises excessively brilliant, is dismissed from school to have shown early that he disagreed with the colonial order that jostled evil Rwandan society of the time.
The analysis of the discourse of his work by Dr. Emmanuel Nsengiyumva will reveal that this writer who passes through his century "free and original, is in search of a new African world, peaceful and friendly".
Indeed, testimony heard during a micro-conference show a very intellectual Nayigiziki who interprets the last real king of Rwanda, Mutara III Rudahigwa (1931-1959), before being promoted to Sous-Chef in Bunyambilili where he will engage in beer and blend with the local population.
"One day when he shared the wine with his directors, they noticed that he kept going to the little need to relieve his bladder. Not taking it, they asked him if he did not suffer. On the contrary, he had told them, the wine you produce is very good. He enters pleasantly into my body, he continued, before spitting them affably that this wine, which is in symbiosis with his body, was different from those which were difficult to govern, "said Laurent, a former deputy in the Rwandan Parliament. participating in the work of this mini-symposium showing by this joke that the Savio man was affable and distinguished in all the situations open to him.
Rehabilitate the man and the writer
The researchers invited to the work of this mini symposium on Nayigiziki and his posthumous work, Drs Emmanuel Nsengiyumva, Emmanuel Ahimana (College of Education near the University of Rwanda) and Isaie Nzeyimana, philosopher of the University of Rwanda, analyzed the profound nature of the man who writes his’ Thirty Years’ Trances’ and ’The Optimist’, to hide in a long silence through the regimes of President Gregory Kayibanda (1962-1973) and Juvenal Habyarimana (1973- 1994).
Dr. Emmanuel Nsengiyumva, in his paper "Nayigiziki in the course of the French-speaking African literature of the 50s" attempts to classify the work "My Transests at Thirty Years" in the rich literature black African flourishing then. He fails to classify it in the novel of disenchantment, the colonial novel, the historical novel or the novel of disillusion ... to conclude to a Savio Nayigiziki "free and original man"; original in the sense that his play ’’ The Optimist ’’ does not obey either the rule of Three Units of the time.
However, according to the testimonies given by people who knew him, according to his very simple lifestyle, he emerges in him a disappointment subtly hidden and refuses the colonial and administrative order proposed to the Rwandan nation . Does not it merge with the mass of people? Is he not very unconventional in refusing to enter the category of evolved where the colonial power wants to placard him as much as the other Astridians, seminarians and instructors (then teachers)?
"Invited to a party in the world of Butare, he arrives in a simple outfit every day. Asked to go back to dress the big feasts, he runs and returns to the village hall, he is surrounded by respect, "testified the Vice-Rector of UNATEK, Mr. Kaneza, showing that by the Afterwards, all the drinks that will be served will be poured into the pockets of his jacket.
"I came and you asked me to go home and put on some clothes for the big days. In other words, they are the ones who have been invited and not me, "he would have replied to the guests who asked him why he was so unpleasant and uncomfortable.
The disappointed man
Savio Nayigiziki, at the moment when he writes ’My Trances at Thirty’, is so fine that he handles his pen perfectly to hide his disappointment with the colonial order introducing and maintaining social classes in the place where Rwandans then lived a peaceful and carefree life under feudal rule with its warrior, land and cattle functions and ascending and descending social movements in the two social classes (ruling rulers) that existed.
The disillusion that the people come from the fact of the sloppy independence in 1962 with precursor the ’Manifesto of Bahutu’ written in 1957 in the offices of the Perraudin bishopric of Kabgayi and given to Kayibanda Gregoire, the standard bearer of this divisionist movement which would give rise in 1959 to the party PARMEHUTU (Party for the emancipation of the Hutu) having the germs of the genocide of the Tutsi?
"While teaching Latin to students attending the Petit Séminaire de Save in the 1960s when PARMEHUTU and Kayibanda reigned supreme, Savio taking advantage of the last minutes before the end of his time, he surprises his foals:
’Do not model Grégoire Kayibanda at the end of your academic career. It is unthinkable to see a father of the Rwandan nation run a PARMEHUTU party that segregates its people. If for him the Bahutu are cherished, what will become of the Tutsi while all have the same origin Gihanga? " said Evode Kalima, former deputy in the Rwandan Parliament and living witness of the author Savio Nayigiziki who has long fought silently for Rwandité often in silence and sometimes with statements that showed that the regimes he went through misunderstood until 1985 went straight to the consumption of the bankruptcy of the Rwandan society all ideologically supported that they were in turn by then administering Belgium and the Mitterrandian France which accompanied the finalization of the genocidal project which has made its long way since the year 1957.
Dr. Emmanuel Nsengiyumva promises to invite a large audience of literary researchers for next December for an in-depth study of this Rwandan writer who has passed into oblivion of history.
Photo of the participants of the mini conference on the rehabilitation Savio Nayigiziki at the UNATEK campus Rulindo with the logistical support of the National Commission for UNESCO
From right to left, Dr. Emmanuel Nsengiyumva, Dr. Emmanuel Akimana, De Isaie Nzeyimana and Ms. Pelagie Mukankusi; conference leaders
Dr Emmanuel Nsengiyumva, organizer of the mini symposium on financial support from CNRU (National Commission for UNESCO)
M. Evode Kalima, former MP, standing; he gives a testimony of Savio
Hon. Lambert Ngarambe, he testifies on the character of Ndi UMUNYARWANDA of the writer Savio Nayigiziki. It emphasizes the free character of the writer who liked to say: I owe everything to my God, Many to Msgr. Gahamanyi (who gave him a teaching post), Little to myself and nothing to anyone else.  
The Cure of the Rulindo Parish participates in the works. It shows that Savio was ahead of several years of his time, that the Catholic Church of "Truth Revealed" saw a Savio far ahead of its time, that she did not abandon her
Mr Kajuga Jerome, Director of Culture and Social Sciences at CNRU
Philosophy Isaie Nzeyimana; he emphasizes the sense of symbolism of Rwandan unity that has been pietinous; a symbolism for which Nayigiziki was deceived to the point of, afterwards, becoming mute

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