David Luiz's Holiday in Rwanda

On 22nd On 22nd October 2019, Arsenal star David Luiz became the first Arsenal first-team player to visit Rwanda since the partnership’s launch last season. David enjoyed a two-day trip to Rwanda, experiencing the famous hospitality, learning about the country’s rich culture and natural wonders and understanding how Rwandans have united to drive the country forward as a leading reformer in Africa.

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 from the trip here

David attended a national league football match at Kigali Regional Stadium where he met players, young Rwandans from the Irebero Goalkeeper Training Centre and enthusiastic fans. During half time, he joined a football juggling competition with young players from the training centre. David presented the winner of the competition, Prince Alonso Ishimwe, with a signed #23 Arsenal home jersey.

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.

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.