Kagame's exposition of the Rwandese philosophy of be-ing is a classic in African philosophy. The exposition is much more than a conversation with Aristotle's Categoriae and the De interpretatione. This raises the question whether or not Kagame claims that the philosophy of be-ing of the Bantu-speaking peoples is conceptually similar to or different from Aristotle's categories of being. The thesis to be defended in this essay is that the philosophy of be-ing of the Bantu-speaking peoples derives from a different experience but contains some concepts similar to Aristotle's categories of being. The difference of experience does not, by necessity, reduce the philosophy of be-ing of the Bantu-speaking peoples to ethnophilosophy. Nor does it necessarily deprive this philosophy of the status of "universal".