Rwandan Symbols, Anthem, Flag and their Meanings

The Republic of Rwanda is one of the smallest countries on the African mainland located in Central and East Africa.

Rwanda neighboring countries include Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Rwanda Official languages include French, English, Kinyarwanda, and Swahili. The country is geography is dominated by mountains in the west and savanna to the east, with many lakes throughout the country. Here is a list of Rwandan National Symbols.

The Rwandan Flag

Rwandan Flag

The former flag of Rwanda was red-yellow-green tricolor with a large black letter “R”. The new color of the Rwanda Flag is green, yellow and red. The colors green, yellow, and red stands for peace, the nation’s hope and for its development, and the people.

The flag was adopted on 25 October 2001 and was designed by Alphonse Kirimobenecyo.

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The Seal of Rwanda

Seal of Rwanda

Otherwise known as the national Coat of Arm is used by the Rwandan government. It was restyled in 2001 due to the adoption of a new flag. The new design matches the color of the Rwandan Flag.

The motto of the Rwanda Coat of Arm is Motto: Ubumwe, Umurimo, Gukunda Igihugu; “Unity, Work, Patriotism”

Rwandan Anthem

Rwanda Nziza became the official anthem of Rwanda on 1 January 2002.

Rwanda, our beautiful and dear country
Adorned of hills, lakes, and volcanoes
Motherland would be always filled of happiness
Us all your children: Abanyarwanda
Let us sing your glare and proclaim your high facts
You, maternal bosom of us all
Would be admired forever, prosperous and cover of raises.
Invaluable heritage, that God protects to you
You filled us priceless goods
Our common culture identifies us
Our single language unifies us
That our intelligence, our conscience, and our forces
Fill you with varied riches
For an unceasingly renewed development.
Our valorous ancestors
Gave themselves bodies and souls
As far as making you a big nation
You overcame the colonial-imperialistic yoke
That has devastated Africa entirely
And has your joy of your sovereign independence
Acquired that constantly we will defend.
Maintain this cape, beloved Rwanda,
Standing, we commit for you
So that peace reigns countrywide
That you are free of all hindrance
That your determination hires progress
That you have excellent relations with all countries
And that finally, your pride is worth your esteem.

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