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Neyo, Van Gaal among stars to name baby gorillas in Rwanda

The annual mountain gorilla naming ceremony, locally known as Kwita Izina, is set to kick off Friday in Kinigi, northern Rwanda.The event, now in its 15th edition, brings together conservationists, celebrities, renowned philanthropists and diplomats to celebrate the country’s success in protecting the endangered mountain gorilla species.

A baby mountain gorilla from the Sabyinyo family group. The infant gorilla will among 24 others to be named at this year's Kwita Izina (naming ceremony) at the foothills of the Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda 

A baby mountain gorilla from the Sabyinyo family group. The infant gorilla will among 24 others to be named at this year’s Kwita Izina (naming ceremony) at the foothills of the Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

The star-studded line-up to name baby gorillas at the foothills of the Volcanoes National Park include Nation Media Group Chairman Dr Wilfred Kiboro, Former Ethiopian PM Hailemariam Desalegn, Deputy Secretary of the UN Amina Mohammed, American RnB singer Ne-Yo, former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, former Arsenal FC captain Tony Adams, HRH Princess of Jordan Basma Bint Ali, Sri Lankan philanthropist Otara Gunewardene, Rwandan US based Choreographer Sherrie Silver and British supermodel Naomi Campbell among others.

The stars will be naming 25 baby gorillas that were born in Rwanda between September 2018 and September 2019.