Kwita Izina is a gorilla naming ceremony that is held every year in Musanze, Rwanda. Every year, the gorilla number grows due to the extensive efforts of conservation.  

Rwanda is home to over 1,000 mountain gorillas. During the Kwitza Izina ceremony, public figures, conservationists, and politicians get the chance to present to the Rwandans what name they have given to the baby gorillas and why. 

The event is sectioned into two areas, the V.I.P where officials sit and then the "muturage" side which is for all the locals. These photos were taken in attempt to capture the unity, vibrance and energy that the "muturage" side embodied. 

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