Alexis Kagame

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Kagame, Alexis


Born May 15, 1912, in Nyanza, Kigali Prefecture. Rwandan historian and philologist; the father of written Rwandan literature. Professor at the National University and the National Pedagogical Institute of Rwanda; doctor of philosophy.

Kagame graduated from the higher theological seminary in Astrida in 1941 (he was ordained and made an abbot); he then graduated from the university in Rome (1955). In 1941–47 and 1950–52 he directed the publication of the newspaper Kinyamateka (published in Kinyarwanda). Kagame is the author of works on the history and standards of the common law of Rwanda in the precolonial period. He has also written poems in Kinyarwanda, based principally on themes from folklore. Kagame compiled a Kinyarwanda-French dictionary.


Le Code des institutions politiques du Rwanda précolonial. [Brussels, 1952.]
La Philosophic Bantu-Rwandaise de l’Etre. Brussels, 1956.
Histoire du Rwanda, 2nd ed. [Leverville, 1958.]
Introduction aux grands genres lyriques de Vancien Rwanda. Butaré, 1969.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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In my eyes, Inganji Kalinga (The Victorious Drums) by Alexis Kagame and Imihango n'imigenzo n'imiziririzo mu Rwanda by Aloys Bigirumwami are Rwandan classics.
The topicality of this issue will be noted; it would be taken up first in Alexis Kagame's project to dig up the ontology carried by the Kinya-rwandan language by identifying its 'categories' following the model of Aristotle's categories (Alexis Kagame, La Philosophie bantu-rwandaise de l'etre, Brussels, Academie Royale des Sciences Coloniales, 1956); second, in Benveniste's article on 'categories of language and categories of thought', reprinted as Chapter VI in his Problemes de linguistique generale, Paris, Gallimard, 1966.
Karl Barth (Switzerland), Alexis Kagame (Rwanda), Kaahumanu (Hawaii) and Nathan Soderblom (Sweden).
The Rwandan scholar Alexis Kagame, whose education and training in a colonial seminary paralleled the author's, but who nevertheless remained a loyal servant of the Church, is given a particularly warm tribute.