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21 Questions with Dr. Cedric Habiyaremye

Dr. Cedric Habiyaremye, delivering a Keynote speach at the Mastercard Leadership Meeting.
Dr. Cedric Habiyaremye, delivering a Keynote speach at the Mastercard Leadership Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, 2018.

A few days ago, I posted on my Facebook and Instagram pages asking my online community and friends to ask me any questions. However, the questions they asked will surprise you!!! Fascinating questions. Here is what I posted “If I had to answer any question you ask me today, what would you ask me?” Many people sent their questions inbox, and others posted their questions in the comments section. I want to thank everyone who showed their interests and asked questions. I tried to answer almost every question and below are the questions and their answers. Enjoy reading this interactive piece!

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Q: What is your biggest fear?

A: My biggest fear is growing old and have lived a life with regrets. We have one life, and people tend to forget that. You always hear old people say, "time flies, make use of it while you can." I always heard this as a kid, and I was like "okay." Growing to be an 18-year-old young man, I found that they were telling the truth, and they wanted us not to waste our gift of life on the things that do not matter. Do with your life what you want to do. If you have a dream, go out and try to accomplish that dream. Do not be afraid of failure. There is no such thing as failure. Sure, you may not have accomplished that goal, but I am sure you learned something along the way of trying to accomplish that goal. What I am saying is; live life to the fullest and enjoy it! There is nothing to fear!

Q: What was your childhood or earliest ambition?

A: I wanted to be both an expert in agriculture and a businessman. One was not enough.

Q: Where did you go to school? University or straight into work?

A: I was born and grew up in Rukira, Ngoma District Eastern Province of Rwanda; In high school, I went to a seminary school (Catholic School) Petit Séminaire St Kizito de Zaza. For undergraduate studies, I went to the University of Rwanda College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine/ formally known as ISAE-Busogo where I got my BS in Agricultural Science with Honors in Irrigation and Drainage, and an Advanced Diploma in Soil and Water Management. Then I continued for my master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Agronomy and Crop Science at Washington State University in Pullman, WA.

Q: Who was or still is your mentor of all the time?