Paul Kagame was born in October 1975 in Gitarama Prefecture, Central Rwanda to Deoogratius and Asteria Rutaganbwa. He fled persecution and killing in rwands and became a refugee in Uganda in 1961.
Paul Kagame was among the first 27 men who together with Yoweri Museveni launched a five-year liberation war in Uganda in 1980. He served as a senior officer in the Ugandan army from 1986-1990. Further he attended a staff ad command course at Fort Lavenworth, Kansas USA in 1990.
In October, Paul Kagame returned to Rwanda after 30 years in exile to lead the Rwandan Patriotic Army (RPA) in the struggle for liberation of Rwanda. During the Government of national unity in Rwanda, he was appointed as the Vice President and Minister of Defence. On April 2000, he was unanimously elected President of the Republic of Rwanda by the Transitional National Assembly. In recognition of his service to the country, education of his people, bringing independence, peace and tranquillity to his country, signing of peace treaty with neighbouring Congo and hi vision to make Rwanda a model country in the African continent, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy by India’ prestigious Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT). He was also awarded the 2003 Global Leadership Award by the Young Presidents Organisation (YPO).