Top Rwandan model Alexia Mupende murdered

A prominent model and actress, Alexia Mupende, 35, was killed last month at her father’s home in Nyarugunga Sector, Kicukiro District.

Her sudden death first circulated on social media with a message calling on members of the public to help arrest her alleged killer, a 23-year old domestic worker who worked at their home. Mupende was the General Manager of Waka Fitness, a popular fitness centre in Kigali. Preliminary reports showed that Mupende succumbed to her injuries following stabbing by the domestic worker. It also emerged that Mupende was set to get married this month and her wedding invitations had been released.

She will be remembered for, among other things, showcasing Rwanda’s clothing brands on the international scene. As part of the Mashirika Performing Arts Group, Mupende entertained audiences across the country and beyond and was part of the entourage that recently travelled to India and Sri Lanka for performances themed around humanity.

On January 3, Mupende, tweeted her intentions of “growing closer to God” this year in response to renowned American gospel singer Don Moen’s question to his followers, “What you are praying for and working towards in 2019?” Born in Nairobi in 1984, Mupende did her formative education in Kenya and graduated from Mount Kenya University (MKU) with a Business Information and Technology (BBIT) degree.

“I am Rwandan. I was born in Nairobi, Kenya but fortunately I was able to return back home,” she told rwandaclothing. Standing at 5’10,” Mupende bagged Miss Junior crown three times and Miss Intermediate twice. She was the first Rwandan model to grace the Africa Fashion Show Geneva (AFSG) in 2015 during the competition’s third edition.

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