Rwandans and their President Kagame, ready to descend on San Fransicsco to celebrate Rwandan culture and  take stock in our  incredible achievements By Willis Shalita

In what is slated to be the biggest and best well attended Rwanda Day gathering in the last ten years, Rwandans are ready to descend on San Fransicsco by the thousands to celebrate Rwandan culture and traditions, and  take stock in our  incredible achievements in the last 22 years since the Genocide against Tutsi in 1994.
And what an amazing two decades it has been.
I know no other country that from year to year celebrates its re-birth. But I also don’t know any other country that re-affirms its very existence from the first ever televised genocide in this century.
For the last ten years, each year Rwandans have gathered across the globe  in different cities in an effort to take stock of what achievements have been attained in the last 22 years since the genocide against Tutsi in 1994, but also to re-affirm our un-wavering commitment to building a united Rwanda. One Nation. One People.
In our hour of need, in those 100 dark days in Rwanda when the international  commununity closed its eyes to the genocide against Tutsi in which over a million lives perished, we found our resilience and fortitude. And so, we share..
In the words of President Kagame, addressing Rwandans at various Rwanda Day celebrations over the years, the  very essence of the Rwandan spirit and resilience, pride and self respect –  AGACIRO – “we have defied convention.”
Rwandans are meeting in San Francisco, the city where the UN was founded in 1945. Never mind that they kept a closed eye to the genocide against Tutsi in 1994, an act against the very foundation of this organization.
But San San Francisco is uniquely qualified to host this amazing come-together of a people seeking to errase their bloody past and create an environment that seeks to mend a bloody past. It  is a city that exemplifies that which is best in the humanity spirit: getting along. A city of incredible cultural divergence, a theme that is the very foundation and spirit  of the Rwandan State.
As Rwandans converge on this incredibly beautiful Peninsula, curved out of the earth by the shimmering Golden Gate Bridge on the entrance of the Wine Country, the iconic newly built Bay Bridge to the East, (alas! Oakland, a mere stone-throw away  is being gentrified at dizzying speed) they will realize we have a long way to go, but we are within reach.
This Rwandan Cultural Day is our way of saying to the world: in spite of being ignored, and watching us bleed to death in 1994, we are resilient and alive and well.