Will Ferguson: "There's more to Rwanda than the genocide"

Giller winner Will Ferguson and road trip partner Jean-Claude Munyezamu tell the story behind Road Trip Rwanda.

When Jean-Claude Munyezamu first invited friend and fellow soccer dad Will Ferguson to his native Rwanda, the Canadian author said he didn't want to go. 

Cut to Ferguson being emasculated by a gorilla while exploring the East African country — just one of many adventures chronicled in his new book Road Trip Rwanda.

Munyezamu, who narrowly escaped the 1994 genocide, led the Giller Prize winning writer on a true journey of discovery. Yes, Ferguson met Rwandans recovering from one of the worst mass killings in modern history — but he also broadened his horizons to include all the beauty, humour and vibrancy of the nation. 

Both men join Shad, himself a son of Rwanda, to discuss the perspective-changing journey.

(Will Ferguson/Penguin Random House?)

WEB EXTRA | See some images from Ferguson and Munyezamu's trip below. Plus, listen to Ferguson read an excerpt of his story Return to Rwanda

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Jean-Claude Munyezamu invited Giller winner Will Ferguson to visit his native Rwanda — a country he fled just before the start of the 1994 genocide. (Will Ferguson/Penguin Random House)
(Will Ferguson/Penguin Random House)
(Will Ferguson/Penguin Random House)