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Hope Azeda is a playwright, director and founder of mashirika performing arts media company . She is a pioneer in using art as a tool for peace building and is a celebrated leader of the Rwandan and the African continent’s arts sector. She is the founder of the acclaimed Ubumuntu Arts Festival which provides a platform for artists from around the world to present performances dealing with aspects of societal violence and human nature, from police brutality, to mass incarceration, to civil war and genocide. She uses art to promote values of humanity and healing, a unique approach that centers storytelling to help communities around the world to deal with their own traumas and to triumph over adversity.
Hope was recently honored as a Laureate of the John. P. McNulty prize 2018, Awarded a lifetime award by MAAFA and also the winner of the continental award in the category of arts and culture 2018/19 honored by ceo global . 2021 Segal Centre honoree for civic engagement in the arts.