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David Luiz's Holiday in Rwanda

On 22nd Arsenal star David Luiz who is the first Arsenal first-team player to visit Rwanda since the partnership’s launch last season has enjoyed a two-day trip to Rwanda. He experienced Rwanda’s famous hospitality, learned about the country’s rich culture and natural wonders and understood how Rwandans have united to drive the country forward as a leading reformer in Africa. David’s trip was part of Visit Rwanda’s ground-breaking partnership with Arsenal Football Club, which also includes a focus on football development through a unique partnership between Arsenal, the Rwandan Football Federation and the national Ministry of Sports and Culture to develop and nurture local football talent at the grassroots level for girls and boys.


David, accompanied by his mother and his fiancée, began his trip by visiting the Kigali Genocide Memorial where he paid respects to the victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. He learned about the causes of the Genocide and how Rwandans have built a new nation on a foundation of dignity and togetherness. David and his family honoured the victims by laying a wreath and taking a moment of silence. View more photos here

David Luiz was welcomed by the president of Rwanda, H.E. Paul Kagame.In his meeting with the President, David was accompanied by his fiancé Ms. Bruna Da Conceicao Loureiro, mother Regina Celia Moreira Marinho, and Peter Silverstone, Arsenal Football Club Commercial Director. They were also joined by the CEO of the Rwanda Development Board, Clare Akamanzi View more photos here

David concluded his trip by meeting hundreds of Arsenal fans at the Kigali Convention Centre where he interacted with them by taking selfies, answering questions on his experience in Rwanda and his life and football career. He also signed autographs on their kits. View more photos here


David Luiz visited Singita Kwitonda Lodge in Rwanda’s Northern Province and planted an indigenous tree as part of efforts to reforest areas surrounding the stunning Volcanoes National Park – home to the endangered mountain gorillas. David and his family trekked through the volcanoes to see Rwanda’s mountain gorillas. During the incredible wildlife experience, they learnt about the country’s successful efforts to conserve and protect the gorillas and their habitat.