Personal improvement and/or accomplishment

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Recent winners of this award include:

Meilleur Derek Murindabigwi, Rwanda, 2011 After witnessing genocide in his home country, Murindabigwi wanted to provide a fresh start for the youth of Rwanda. He observed the manipulation of the media and the thoughts of hatred and division still spread across the Internet, even after the turmoil. Murindabigwi wanted to create a newfound freedom for the people of Rwanda through easy access to timely, valuable news and information.

Murindabigwi and 12 other student volunteers started igihe.com, which has become the most visited website in Rwanda. Igihe.com publishes Rwandan breaking news and other daily information in the form of articles and videos. It is now published in three languages and has a full-time employed staff. The website has also expanded into an entire IT company, Igihe Ltd.

Through Igihe Ltd., Murindabigwi continues to provide the youth of Rwanda hope and unity after such a violent struggle in their country. His hard work and commitment to sharing the truth is an integral part of creating a new environment of positive change away from prejudice and hate.