Burundi has a rich culture of communication and oral storytelling. Burundians may speak Kirundi, French, or Swahili, and often participate in oral traditions, using storytelling, poetry, or song to share history and life lessons. While it's not quite the same as a poetry slam, someone might find a few similarities with kivivuga amazina, an improvised poetry contest in which cattle herders will brag about their accomplishments.
When instability and hunger take a toll on a place like Burundi, it can overshadow the richness and beauty of its traditions. As we continue to advocate for solutions to Burundi's challenges, we also continue to appreciate its rich culture.