Rwandan Canadian entrepreneur, media maker, public servant and community-builder Moses Mutabaruka is a man whose ingenuity, creativity and faith in humanity have allowed him to carve, from circumstances of struggle and migration, a life of passion, vision and enduring, Inexhaustible love for the continent of his birth–in all of its richness, diversity and brilliance.
While the unrest, violence and eventual genocide that befell Rwanda during the1990’s left an indelible mark on Moses’ life and forced him to spend many years in refugee camps and slums of Nairobi, such experiences also gave him a deep commitment to ideas and manifestations of peace, justice, self-reliance and prosperity which still inspire and animate his life today. It is, perhaps, this range of commitments, born from the struggles of his early years that prompted him to seek knowledge and personal growth from every one of his early experiences, as well as from each of the four African countries he has lived throughout his life.
In order to understand Moses Mutabaruka and the entrepreneurial spirit he now Exemplifies, one must first re-visit his experiences as a young boy of eight years old, when he lived in a Congolese refugee camp, and where he embarked on his very first business venture. He would buy a pack of cigarettes from a near-by market, and sell the cigarettes individually. He later grew this small enterprise until it included the selling of full packs, sugarcanes and candies for other kids. By the time he left the camp, he had his own small stand, a “kiosk” among the many tents. Experiences like these honed Moses’ business sense and set him on the path of self-reliance, entrepreneurship and social awareness that has defined his adult life.
More recently, in his adopted home city of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Moses has received the Canadian Association of Rwandan Youth’s entrepreneurship award (2014). Moses Mutabaruka’s entrepreneurial spirit, along with his enduring love for the beauty, resilience, intelligence and striking diversity of African people, led him to create The African Perspective (TAP) Magazine. TAP Magazine is an online/print publication founded out of a need to counter the often one-dimensional way Africa and Africans are portrayed in global media. The magazine aims to expand the scope and narrative focus with which the lives, ambitions and accomplishments of African people are depicted. By representing African life and potential in ways that inform, challenge, empower and celebrate the current generation of the continent’s thinkers, doers and cultural leaders, TAP Magazine helps to present one of the world’s most vibrant, dynamic and historically complex regions in a way that preserves its nuance, humanity and global significance.
The intentions and achievements of the magazine demonstrate that Moses Mutabaruka is a man whose self-belief, devotion and compassion has resulted not only in award-winning personal success, but also a network of accomplished and conscientious collaborators and strategic partners whose creativity, vision and social consciousness stretch across the globe. For instance, TAP is an official media partner of the annual African Development Conference at Harvard University, Desautels African Business Initiative at McGill University, and the East African Diasporic Business Council, among other organizations. Moses vision for is to see TAP become the benchmark Africa’s storyteller.