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University of Rwanda

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CAREER: Lawyer



    • March 1, 2023 – In a recent Leadership Development Workshop, we explored the question, “How can you make sure the pain of your past doesn’t determine your future?” What stood out and meant the most to you in this workshop? Erickson said: “Well, in this workshop what stood out and meant the most to me is that my past is my past and however painful it may be, it has nothing to do with my future. In that workshop I learned that sometimes if you have a bitter past you have to make sure that your future is bright either by learning from your mistakes and developing a positive attitude, or by making a decision that will facilitate your personal recovery from the pain of your past.”
    • September 8, 2022 – Erickson discussed the biggest changes in his life since the end of the COVID restrictions: “Well, the biggest challenge I faced as an individual was adapting back to a life where hand hygiene is not at its best like before. After the end of the COVID restrictions, washing hands wasn’t as mandatory as before, and I was really used to this practice. It kinda impacted me because I was not motivated to shake hands anymore, because not only can COVID-19 can be transmitted through handshakes, other infectious diseases can as well. The second biggest challenge was to see people behave like COVID is no more. I was really reluctant to socialize with people as I did before because I thought that although the COVID restrictions are no more, the COVID-19 virus is still alive and it could spread easily again.”
    • September 13, 2021 – Erickson shared his favorite song and what it means to him: “My song is called “You Blessed Me Still” by The Williams Brothers: It reminds me of the countless blessings that God has given me in my life. I love it because it reconnects me with God whenever I feel I have strayed away or even feel weak spiritually. It reminds me how God has walked with me through thick and thin. I really like it.”
    • July 16, 2021 – Erickson shared what resilience means to him: “Well, to me, resilience means the ability to keep moving forward, even in the hardest times you can ever face. Through resilience, one is able to recover when they fall, to regain strength when they are hit hard by a challenge, and to come back into race when they have already given up. Resilience is the strongest tool I use for recovery once I happen to have given up.”
    • March 1, 2021 – Erickson shares his biggest lesson from 2020: “Without devaluing all other lessons I learned, “HUMAN SOLIDARITY IN TIMES OF CRISIS” is the biggest lesson I learned in the year 2020. In 2020 the whole world happened to go through closely common conditions brought by COVID-19 pandemic. Some of these condition among others included; total lockdown where most people in many countries were locked up in their homes, no working, no going to school, no public body exercises and others. Taking an example from my country Rwanda, many people became victims of hunger due to lockdown measures that have been put in place to curb the spread of the virus. I have learned that in times of crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic people need to come together and support each other in different ways. For example in Rwanda, different individuals, organizations and government institutions did a great job of supporting the people whose lives have been affected by the pandemic by providing them with food, hygiene items, free health services, etc. Had it not been this solidarity, many people would have died due to hunger, others due to poor hygiene infections, home-based conflicts would have gone higher in numbers, many businesses would have shut down, many students would have dropped out of schools if it wasn’t free to study online and more.”

Erickson’S CIRCLE


Rwanda was in a poor political state of insecurity and poverty which is why Erickson was born in Uganda. His parents had gone there as refugees some years before he was born. Erickson and his family lived in Western Uganda til the age of 10, when he returned back home to Rwanda with his family. He was born to a family of 10 children, four girls and six boys of which he is the oldest with his twin sister. They all lived together with their parents in Eastern Rwanda.

He was raised in a poor community where schooling was hard and not all kids his age could access schools but his father liked supporting his children to go to school because he was a school dropout so he decided to keep pushing his children to attend school at any cost.
One of the things that inspired him to work hard in his life is the communities he lived in, both in Uganda and in Rwanda. Both communities were poor, school dropout numbers were high due to poverty and ignorance. Illiteracy was at its highest, political instability and more. This inspired him to do whatever he could to be a solution, not only to his home country of Rwanda, but to the whole African continent.

Currently, Erickson is studying Law at the University of Rwanda, with a dream to become an agent of justice in Africa. His dad inspired him to study Law. When Erickson was young, his dad used to tell him “My son I want you to study hard and become a lawyer because it was my wish when I was young but I unfortunately could not make it because I dropped out of school.” Erickson has worked hard to achieve what his dad couldn’t. He is studying Law to make his dad’s dream come true.

He was also inspired by the community he grew up in. Erickson grew up seeing many people’s rights being violated, which made him angry and brave to study law so he would one day provide justice to the people who need it.

Outside of his studies, Erickson likes writing and he is currently writing his first book which he hopes to publish in 2022. He also likes playing piano and it is his role in church. He enjoys teaching young people about Pan-Africanism and leadership.