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Immaculee Ilibagiza

Author, "Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust"

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Immaculee Ilibagiza Biography

Immaculée Ilibagiza was born and raised in a small village in Rwanda, Africa. She enjoyed a peaceful childhood with her loving parents and three brothers. Education was very important in her household, so it was no surprise that she did well in school and went on to the National University of Rwanda to study electrical and mechanical engineering. It was while she was home from school on Easter break in 1994 that Ilibagiza's life was transformed forever.

On April 6 of that year, the Rwandan President’s plane was shot down over the capital city of Kigali. This assassination of the Hutu president sparked months of massacres of Tutsi tribe members throughout the country. Not even small, rural communities like Ilibagiza’s were spared from the house-by-house slaughtering of men, women and children.

To protect his only daughter from rape and murder, Ilibagiza’s father told her to run to a local pastor’s house for protection. The pastor quickly sheltered Ilibagiza and seven other women in a hidden 3 x 4 foot bathroom. For the next 91 days, Ilibagiza and the other women huddled silently in this small room, while the genocide raged outside the home and throughout the country.

While in hiding, anger and resentment were destroying Ilibagiza’s mind, body and spirit. It was then that Ilibagiza turned to prayer. Prior to going to the pastor’s home, Ilibagiza’s father, a devout Catholic, gave her a set of rosary beads. She began to pray the rosary as a way of drowning out the anger inside her, and the evil outside the house. It was that turning point towards God and away from hate that saved Ilibagiza.

In addition to finding faith, peace, and hope during those three months of hiding, Ilibagiza also taught herself English. Ilibagiza was always a good student and already fluent in Kinyarwanda and French. Using only a Bible and a dictionary, she spent countless hours in that cramped bathroom learning her third language.

After 91 days, Ilibagiza was finally liberated from her hiding place only to face a horrific reality. Ilibagiza emerged from that small bathroom weighing just 65 pounds, and finding her entire family brutally murdered, with the exception of one brother who was studying abroad. She also found nearly one million of her extended family, friends, neighbors and fellow Rwandans massacred.

After the genocide, Ilibagiza came face-to-face with the man who killed her mother and one of her brothers. After enduring months of physical, mental and spiritual suffering, Ilibagiza was still able to offer the unthinkable, telling the man, "I forgive you."

In 1998, Ilibagiza emigrated from Rwanda to the United States where she continued her work for peace through the United Nations. During that time, she shared her story with co-workers and friends who were so impacted by her testimony they insisted she write it down. Three days after finishing her manuscript, she met best-selling author Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, who, within minutes of meeting her, offered to publish her book. Dyer is quoted as saying, "There is something much more than charisma at work here - Ilibagiza not only writes and speaks about unconditional love and forgiveness, but she radiates it wherever she goes."

Ilibagiza's first book, "Left to Tell; Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust" (Hay House) was released in March of 2006. Left to Tell quickly became a New York Times Best Seller. To date, it has been translated into over twenty languages and has sold over two million copies. Ilibagiza's story has also been showcased on 60 Minutes, The CBS Early Show, CNN, EWTN, CBS Evening News, The Aljazeera Network as well as in print form in The New York Times, USA Today, Newsday, and many other domestic and international publications.

Ilibagiza has received honorary doctoral degrees from nearly a dozen universities and colleges including the University of Notre Dame, Saint John's University, Seton Hall University, Siena College, Walsh University, Duquesne University, and the Catholic University of America. She has been recognized and honored with numerous humanitarian awards including The Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Reconciliation and Peace.

Ilibagiza has written six additional books in recent years - "Led by Faith: Rising from the Ashes of the Rwandan Genocide," "Our Lady of Kibeho," "If Only We Had Listened," "Visit from Heaven," and "The Boy Who Met Jesus," and "The Rosary."

Today, Ilibagiza is regarded as one of world's leading speakers on faith, hope and forgiveness. She has shared this universal message with world leaders, school children, multinational corporations, churches, and at events and conferences around the world, including a presentation to over 200,000 people in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

A major motion picture of her life are currently under development.

Speaking Topics
  • Left to Tell: A Story of Peace, Hope and Forgiveness

    In a moving and unforgettable presentation, Immacule Ilibagiza shares with audiences her experience surviving the Rwanda genocide. She discusses the political and social factors that led up to the genocide, how she struggled to stay alive, and where she is today. Immacule then shares what led her to be able to forgive her killers, and how that kind of compassion and strength translates into everyday life. Her incredible story and attitude to overcome will encourage everyone who listens to her to hold onto hope.

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The Rosary: The Prayer That Saved My Life

The Rosary: The Prayer That Saved My Life

The Boy Who Met Jesus: Segatashya Emmanuel of Kibeho

The Boy Who Met Jesus: Segatashya Emmanuel of Kibeho

Our Lady of Kibeho: Mary Speaks to the World from the Heart of Africa

Our Lady of Kibeho: Mary Speaks to the World from the Heart of Africa

Led By Faith: Rising from the Ashes of the Rwandan Genocide

Led By Faith: Rising from the Ashes of the Rwandan Genocide

Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust

Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust

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Immaculee Ilibagiza Biography

Immaculée Ilibagiza was born and raised in a small village in Rwanda, Africa. She enjoyed a peaceful childhood with her loving parents and three brothers. Education was very important in her household, so it was no surprise that she did well in school and went on to the National University of Rwanda to study electrical and mechanical engineering. It was while she was home from school on Easter break in 1994 that Ilibagiza's life was transformed forever.

On April 6 of that year, the Rwandan President’s plane was shot down over the capital city of Kigali. This assassination of the Hutu president sparked months of massacres of Tutsi tribe members throughout the country. Not even small, rural communities like Ilibagiza’s were spared from the house-by-house slaughtering of men, women and children.

To protect his only daughter from rape and murder, Ilibagiza’s father told her to run to a local pastor’s house for protection. The pastor quickly sheltered Ilibagiza and seven other women in a hidden 3 x 4 foot bathroom. For the next 91 days, Ilibagiza and the other women huddled silently in this small room, while the genocide raged outside the home and throughout the country.

While in hiding, anger and resentment were destroying Ilibagiza’s mind, body and spirit. It was then that Ilibagiza turned to prayer. Prior to going to the pastor’s home, Ilibagiza’s father, a devout Catholic, gave her a set of rosary beads. She began to pray the rosary as a way of drowning out the anger inside her, and the evil outside the house. It was that turning point towards God and away from hate that saved Ilibagiza.

In addition to finding faith, peace, and hope during those three months of hiding, Ilibagiza also taught herself English. Ilibagiza was always a good student and already fluent in Kinyarwanda and French. Using only a Bible and a dictionary, she spent countless hours in that cramped bathroom learning her third language.

After 91 days, Ilibagiza was finally liberated from her hiding place only to face a horrific reality. Ilibagiza emerged from that small bathroom weighing just 65 pounds, and finding her entire family brutally murdered, with the exception of one brother who was studying abroad. She also found nearly one million of her extended family, friends, neighbors and fellow Rwandans massacred.

After the genocide, Ilibagiza came face-to-face with the man who killed her mother and one of her brothers. After enduring months of physical, mental and spiritual suffering, Ilibagiza was still able to offer the unthinkable, telling the man, "I forgive you."

In 1998, Ilibagiza emigrated from Rwanda to the United States where she continued her work for peace through the United Nations. During that time, she shared her story with co-workers and friends who were so impacted by her testimony they insisted she write it down. Three days after finishing her manuscript, she met best-selling author Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, who, within minutes of meeting her, offered to publish her book. Dyer is quoted as saying, "There is something much more than charisma at work here - Ilibagiza not only writes and speaks about unconditional love and forgiveness, but she radiates it wherever she goes."

Ilibagiza's first book, "Left to Tell; Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust" (Hay House) was released in March of 2006. Left to Tell quickly became a New York Times Best Seller. To date, it has been translated into over twenty languages and has sold over two million copies. Ilibagiza's story has also been showcased on 60 Minutes, The CBS Early Show, CNN, EWTN, CBS Evening News, The Aljazeera Network as well as in print form in The New York Times, USA Today, Newsday, and many other domestic and international publications.

Ilibagiza has received honorary doctoral degrees from nearly a dozen universities and colleges including the University of Notre Dame, Saint John's University, Seton Hall University, Siena College, Walsh University, Duquesne University, and the Catholic University of America. She has been recognized and honored with numerous humanitarian awards including The Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Reconciliation and Peace.

Ilibagiza has written six additional books in recent years - "Led by Faith: Rising from the Ashes of the Rwandan Genocide," "Our Lady of Kibeho," "If Only We Had Listened," "Visit from Heaven," and "The Boy Who Met Jesus," and "The Rosary."

Today, Ilibagiza is regarded as one of world's leading speakers on faith, hope and forgiveness. She has shared this universal message with world leaders, school children, multinational corporations, churches, and at events and conferences around the world, including a presentation to over 200,000 people in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

A major motion picture of her life are currently under development.

Immaculee Ilibagiza Speaking Topics

  • Left to Tell: A Story of Peace, Hope and Forgiveness

    In a moving and unforgettable presentation, Immacule Ilibagiza shares with audiences her experience surviving the Rwanda genocide. She discusses the political and social factors that led up to the genocide, how she struggled to stay alive, and where she is today. Immacule then shares what led her to be able to forgive her killers, and how that kind of compassion and strength translates into everyday life. Her incredible story and attitude to overcome will encourage everyone who listens to her to hold onto hope.

Immaculee Ilibagiza Videos

  • Women's Conference 2017: Immaculée Ilibagiza Keynote - YouTube
    Mar 13, 2017 ... "Forgiveness is possible in every situation." —Immaculée Ilibagiza Survivor of Rwandan genocide and author Immaculée Ilibagiza...
  • In the Red Chair: Rwanda Survivor, Immaculee Ilibagiza - YouTube
  • Immaculée Ilibagiza on Surviving the Rwandan Genocide - YouTube

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  • How to book Immaculee Ilibagiza?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Immaculee Ilibagiza for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Immaculee Ilibagiza, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Immaculee Ilibagiza or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Immaculee Ilibagiza?

    Booking fees for Immaculee Ilibagiza, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Immaculee Ilibagiza, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Immaculee Ilibagiza?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Immaculee Ilibagiza for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Immaculee Ilibagiza for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Immaculee Ilibagiza or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Immaculee Ilibagiza or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Immaculee Ilibagiza is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Left to Tell: A Story of Peace, Hope and Forgiveness. The estimated speaking fee range to book Immaculee Ilibagiza for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Immaculee Ilibagiza generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Mariane Pearl, Asra Nomani, Sonia Nazario, Erin Gruwell and Roya Hakakian. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Immaculee Ilibagiza for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Immaculee Ilibagiza Speaking Topics

  • Left to Tell: A Story of Peace, Hope and Forgiveness

    In a moving and unforgettable presentation, Immacule Ilibagiza shares with audiences her experience surviving the Rwanda genocide. She discusses the political and social factors that led up to the genocide, how she struggled to stay alive, and where she is today. Immacule then shares what led her to be able to forgive her killers, and how that kind of compassion and strength translates into everyday life. Her incredible story and attitude to overcome will encourage everyone who listens to her to hold onto hope.

Immaculee Ilibagiza Speaker Videos

  • Women's Conference 2017: Immaculée Ilibagiza Keynote - YouTube
    Mar 13, 2017 ... "Forgiveness is possible in every situation." —Immaculée Ilibagiza Survivor of Rwandan genocide and author Immaculée Ilibagiza shares her ...
    In the Red Chair: Rwanda Survivor, Immaculee Ilibagiza - YouTube
  • Immaculée Ilibagiza on Surviving the Rwandan Genocide - YouTube
    Immaculée Ilibagiza, a mulher que sobreviveu para contar - YouTube

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

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