How Rwanda is Becoming the Singapore of Africa

  • Published: 19 March 2019
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Comments • 9 206

  • Wendover Productions
    Wendover Productions   8 months back

    I know that this topic, like most geopolitics topics, has more potential than most to be contentious so I think it's extra important for you to know where the information comes from. Nothing said in this video is new and you can find all the sources at this link:

    Normally the sources go the description but there were too many this time to fit. 

    One small note, at 11:14 it seems like some of the footage we used was mislabeled so these two clips are not actually of Rwanda. My apologies for that slip-up.

    As a policy, if there's anything more that I feel needs correcting or clarifying I'll update this top comment to include it.

    • YY2
      YY2  2 weeks back

      Interesting observation: Venezuela is listed as 134 on that list behind Rwanda, and Egypt, which is extremely bad right now, but something is wrong with that. Venezuela, contrary to much misinformation, is pretty democratic and does have a pretty good freedom of press and protest. The ranking is just plain wrong on Venezuela.

    • Joel Atteberry
      Joel Atteberry  3 weeks back

      @Muhammad Ansari however in the USA talk show host Oprah has given out A~FREE~CAR.

    • Joel Atteberry
      Joel Atteberry  3 weeks back

      Being landlocked... other than knowing how to sing & obviously poor its highly doubtful they'll EVER be remotely as successful.

    • erzan
      erzan  4 weeks back

      *Your Right-Wing economic bias is showing.*
      1st Norway - Press freedom ranking Index
      1st Norway - Democracy Index
      1st Norway - Human Development Index

  • Dylan Shramko
    Dylan Shramko  12 hours back

    You can talk about sand and somehow bring up aviation

    • Bogumil Korasadowicz
      Bogumil Korasadowicz  14 hours back

      German East Africa never looked better!

      • Joan Olga Keine
        Joan Olga Keine  15 hours back

        Still I prefer Uganda my country cuz I can go to club anytime I want to rwanda is the north Korea of Africa

        • Musinguzi Micheal
          Musinguzi Micheal  18 hours back

        • Nameless King
          Nameless King  19 hours back

          Capitalism works. Who knew?

          • Naughty Nookie
            Naughty Nookie  19 hours back

            *No thanks. Visiting a blackman country is like pooping!*

            • Fhatuwani Baruch Mphohoni

              We only assess African countries based on the comfort it creates for the Europeans and Americans!

              • slav writer author bookworm

                Rwanda is an interesting country, they speak Swahili

                • Ignatius V. Mwanyekange
                  Ignatius V. Mwanyekange  21 hours back

                  Having been in Kigali recently I am impressed by the cleanness of the city and the peaceful people of Rwanda, I think they have learned from their mistake and have taken the peace initiative seriously. I hope if all African countries can learn from Rwanda

                  • Romual Theodore
                    Romual Theodore  23 hours back

                    My friend is from Africa so im learning alot by her

                    • Rashid Khalid
                      Rashid Khalid  1 days back

                      Rwanda sponsor's arsenal fc

                      • ADRIENNE ROUSSELL
                        ADRIENNE ROUSSELL  1 days back

                        This entire video is nothing but bulshit!!!!

                        • edwin benny
                          edwin benny  1 days back

                          weird cuz the Rwanda GDP per capita is pretty low

                          • EzrealOver9000
                            EzrealOver9000  2 days back

                            Clicking on the video being surprized that wendover is not talking about planes, 6 minutes in and i realize i should have known better.

                            • Necronihilism _
                              Necronihilism _  2 days back

                              South Africa was better than Rwanda until they ended apartheid and started the genocide.

                              • Innocent MAGAJI
                                Innocent MAGAJI  2 days back

                                Don't criticize, if you notice a weakness in the country, the highest patriotism you could do is to help improve the situation.

                                • Deloune Comfort Matongo

                                  at 3.58 minutes, the flag put for Zimbabwe is not correct...

                                  • billy muthomi
                                    billy muthomi  2 days back

                                    Democracy is a farce

                                    • David Schaftenaar
                                      David Schaftenaar  2 days back

                                      This is actually not a terrible idea, I'm interested to see how it'll pan out. Maybe the EU could help out and and forgive some of the countries national debt? I mean, assuming we haven't sold all of it to China yet.

                                      • Felix Renard
                                        Felix Renard  3 days back

                                        He presses on that economical prosperity is the only thing people need. People need more: to live in the country they can be not afraid of government arresting them for a careless fart. I noticed many Singaporeans are presumptuous, money oriented and quite blindfolded...

                                        • Armando Silvier
                                          Armando Silvier  3 days back

                                          I'm not watching such a blatant piece of psyop cultural marxist afrocentric lying agitprop: I assume we're *supposed* to ignore the 1.2 million Hutu men, women and children that were brutally raped, hacked to death with machetes in broad daylight, and mercilessly decapitated or maimed by the demonic, animist Tutsis!? African history rewriting at its worst!

                                          • Mountain Mamma
                                            Mountain Mamma  3 days back

                                            YOULL GET AIDS IN AFRICA

                                            • Fiji water
                                              Fiji water  3 days back

                                              3:57 that's the Zambian flag not the Zimbabwean flag

                                              • Abdul Rahman Oon Ridzuan Oon

                                                11.14 That's Malaysia not Rwanda. Lol.

                                                • 14 88
                                                  14 88  4 days back

                                                  maybe then all the Africans can return home

                                                  • Russell Ngo
                                                    Russell Ngo  4 days back

                                                    As a Singaporean, this video definitely made me more interested in Rwanda!

                                                    • tx pap
                                                      tx pap  4 days back

                                                      some have no idea what they're talking about. Rwanda is doing extraordinarily well. The western model isn't always exportable to the world. Democracy tends to breed chaos in these third world countries. The primary need is stability and order. Great Job Rwanda

                                                      • Fair Vue
                                                        Fair Vue  4 days back

                                                        Political stability in China is the reason for China's rapid rise too.

                                                        • Felix Renard
                                                          Felix Renard  3 days back

                                                          But thousands of people are grinded by their government's atrocious policy.

                                                      • Cheek Busting 101
                                                        Cheek Busting 101  5 days back

                                                        If countries like Russia/central/south America/chinA/middle East are considered as 3rd world countries, what would be the # world african countries would be at 🤔

                                                        • twothreebravo
                                                          twothreebravo  5 days back

                                                          1:00 Screwed up the Latvian and Lithuanian flags. Tsk Tsk Tsk

                                                          • Joshua September
                                                            Joshua September  5 days back

                                                            Why is it that 800k people were slaughtered in Africa and its seems as if no one has payed attention to this

                                                            • Ibrah kikina
                                                              Ibrah kikina  5 days back

                                                              this is rwanda

                                                              • Kareem Byam
                                                                Kareem Byam  6 days back

                                                                Their Human Development Index is still way lower than Cuba, North Korea, or even Venezuela. Socialism is most efficient.

                                                                • Hamere Mekuria
                                                                  Hamere Mekuria  6 days back


                                                                  • Dot Dot
                                                                    Dot Dot  6 days back

                                                                    Africa for Africans - the day Africans realise this, they mite will be the next Europe. But they have developed that habit of corruption, colonial slavery and have always allowed the Europeans and Americans and now Chinese to plunder our their natural resources while leaving these countries poor and poorer.

                                                                    • Michael Johnson
                                                                      Michael Johnson  7 days back

                                                                      I support this, if you don't ,fuck off

                                                                      • Athan Wong
                                                                        Athan Wong  7 days back

                                                                        Rwanda is actually Hong Kong of Africa, Which is quite the same as Singapore

                                                                        • comrade RSA Incorruptible

                                                                          Rwanda has healed up from sorrowful past. They are now positive and forward looking.

                                                                          • Shantanu Thakare
                                                                            Shantanu Thakare  1 weeks back

                                                                            Visit Rwanda

                                                                            • conner f
                                                                              conner f  1 weeks back

                                                                              why is new zealand so easy to do business in?

                                                                            • Ryan Bahe
                                                                              Ryan Bahe  1 weeks back

                                                                              I like how Singapore has few farms surrounding its skyline.

                                                                            • Bro Driver
                                                                              Bro Driver  1 weeks back

                                                                              You have no idea what Rwanda has been up to in the Congo...

                                                                              • Scott Cameron
                                                                                Scott Cameron  1 weeks back

                                                                                Rwanda deserves success! They've worked so hard, and sufferred the horrors of genocide of the Houtis. Wishing Rwanda great success. Love from Philippines

                                                                                • Zosia Florek
                                                                                  Zosia Florek  1 weeks back

                                                                                  United States power was not build on democracy but on violence, genoicide, robbery, greed. Stop glorifying your evil empire. Stop lying!

                                                                                  • Mitch Mazamez19
                                                                                    Mitch Mazamez19  1 weeks back

                                                                                    The Congo is the one stealing minerals, according to the Angolan govt:
                                                                                    Reuters Oct. 14, 2018

                                                                                    Angola, the world's fifth largest *diamond producer,* has launched an operation in recent weeks to clear tens of thousands of people involved in *digging for precious stones.*

                                                                                    Many of them are from neighboring Democratic Republic of *the Congo,* and *hundreds of thousands* of people have poured over the border *back into the Congo,* border guards there told Reuters.

                                                                                    Angolan security forces stormed the town of Lucapa, according to 15 witnesses, *killing dozens of people, burning down homes, looting property* and forcing people to leave.

                                                                                    "There was a lot of violence in Lucapa. *The military was shooting at us while Tshowke were killing people with machetes.* They jointly killed more than a dozen people," said Victor Tshambapoko, 28, who worked as *a diamond digger* in the region.

                                                                                    • Sam LSD
                                                                                      Sam LSD  6 days back

                                                                                      The civil wars and the instability is deliberately caused by EU and whites to extort Angola. And all other African nation. If African don't educate their children and take over power, they will lose it to China. Our youth need to take responsibility and kick out all these white owned and Asian owned miners and take over themselves.
                                                                                      They stole enough already!

                                                                                  • Mwaura Kinuthia
                                                                                    Mwaura Kinuthia  1 weeks back

                                                                                    BOOOOO!? Rwanda is just Kigali; shiny new buildings full of self congratulatory Tutsis holding endless meetings with dazed 'development ' partners.
                                                                                    Leave the city go to rural areas where Hutus were banished and see such dire poverty you wonder how Hutus survive!
                                                                                    Also who has looted the Congo killing 6mn? Do your homework,Wendover! Viewers, look for a BBC doc on who was responsible for the 94 genocide. Fuck all the Kagame/Rwanda love!

                                                                                    • Docteur Bien-être
                                                                                      Docteur Bien-être  1 weeks back

                                                                                      Rwanda stoles Congo Kinshasa