Fancy something a bit different at lunchtime on Friday 10th August at the Criterion Theatre? A live interview on stage where British film star and stage actor Clive Owen talks to Adrien Niyonshuti. Amongst other thinkgs Adrien will be known for in the future will be surviving the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, where he sadly lost six of his brothers.
I hear you say, I know who Clive Owen is, but I have no idea who Adrien Niyonshuti is. If you “google” him you will get his Wiki page, his Facebook page, and the Team Rwanda Cycling Page. In fact it is the the third of these that gives you a clue – Adrien is a mountain biker – the first ever Rwanda mountain biker to qualify for the Olympic Games and who will appear in the Olympics in London 2012.
Adrien began riding a bicycle given to him by his uncle as a teenager. In 2006 he was “spotted” by former professional cyclist Jonathan Boyer during the first Wooden Bike Classic. He went on to ride for the Rwanda national cycling team and subsequently secured a professional contract with Team MTN Energade, (now MTN Qhubeka) beginning in the 2009 professional season and has continued to ride with MTN.
Leading up to the 2012 London Games Adrien has placed 3rd in the African Continental Championships this spring in Mauritius and is currently training with former World Cup Champion, Thomas Frischknecht in Switzerland.
And for those of you who are not quite sure who Clive Owen is (if there are any of you!). My first recollection of Clive Owen is as the actor in Chancer (can’t believe it was as far back as 1990 to 1991 – excellent TV series). He went on to star in Close My Eyes and Croupier.
Awards followed and in 2005 he won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA, and was nominated for an Academy Award for the drama Closer and later films include Sin City, Inside Man, Children of Men and The International. At one time it was suggested he was in the running for taking over the character of James Bond – but Daniel Craig beat him to it!