Archive for March, 2012

#KENYAN, the ultimate identity for all Kenyans. #KOT

March 31, 2012

The process of identity formation starts immediately a child is born and continually changes over time until one dies. The group one identifies with usually starts at the very basic level. At this level the child’s group exclusively consists of the person feeding the child, normally the mother.

 

The group then enlarges to include all those people the child gets into contact with on a regular basis. This group is usually made up of the immediate family, including the maid.

 

From the age of one year, the child has started taking tentative steps. This moves the child from the immediate family to the neighbors, who happen to be members of the extended family, and if the child is lucky to be residing in an urban area, the ‘extended family’ gets really extended to include members of different communities.

 

By the time the child gets to the school going age, s/he identifies with a large group of people who might even belong to different ethnic groups. Once in secondary school, and depending on the kind of school- local, district, provincial or national, one comes across and identifies with various groups of people these range from ones ethnic community members in case of  rural local schools, to  all members of  the Kenyan community. This situation also obtains in the tertiary education institutions-Universities, colleges etc-whose membership is drawn from all the communities in Kenya. The situation is later duplicated at the work place.

 

From the foregoing, it’s apparent that strong tribal identity exists at the very tender age in a child’s life-up to age 12- and only in very rural areas. It’s also interesting to note that all these identities arise out of the various social interactions a child engages in while growing up and it’s not a biological reality.  A child born of a luhya parents and raised by kikuyu parents will grow up identifying with the kikuyu community and vice versa.

 

The upshot: any Kenyan who has strong tribal ties is a ‘social child’ at the age of twelve, in a rural area, and needs to grow up.

 

I posit here that of all the identities in a person’s life the more varied the group one identifies with, the higher a persons state of social maturity.

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#KENYAN, 46th tribe: The movement.

March 19, 2012

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The movement that will bequeath the next generation a legacy of moving beyond their ethnic cocoons to being a Kenyan society. 

GET INVOLVED: Be part of this movement. Use mpesa no. 0722106732. I’ll take anything from one Bob to a hundred thousand bob.

Remember, your child doesn’t know what tribalism is unless you tell him/her

DONT USE ETHNIC NAMES ON YOUR CHILD’S OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS. For instance, If you were planning to call your son James Kamau, James K. Instead of Ivy Onyancha use Ivy Blu O.

By the bye, there’s a very thin line between being proud of your ethnic identity and being ethnocentric, which Borders on tribalism!

#KENYAN, the 46th Tribe! #KOT Lets counter @NCIC_kenya’s tribalism.

March 16, 2012

I’ve just realized we, Kenyans, just pay lip-service to eradication of tribalism(read: negative ethnicity). I used to chalk it all down to politics, but after what National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) is doing, I’ve realized it’s due to inexcusable, unmitigated  myopia!

Using people’s names in employment records to classify them as tribes, and going right ahead to come up with a policy to “balance tribes” in the civil service is the height of mediocrity – nay, madness!  . 

That a Qualified  person will be denied a job just because his “tribe is over represented” is pure madness; those tribesmen are not earning money for all the members of the tribe for crying out loud!

These ethnic stats are doing more harm to cohesion than good, unless “cohesion” & “integration” have acquired new meanings, and I didn’t get the memo!

To counter this apparent officially  sanctioned perpetuation of tribalism, I’ve decided to established my movement: KENYAN, 46th tribe!

The first step will be advising all Kenyans to avoid as much as possible writing names that might indicate your tribe on official records. If you can be able to do it go change those names on the documents, now.

When you get blessed with a child, name the child the usual names according to your ethnic rules, BUT MAKE SURE THAT THE ETHNIC NAMES ARE NOT IN ANY OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS ( Birth certificates, school certificates).

I love being who I am and the tribe I belong to, and I’m pretty sure You also feel the same way. No tribe is superior or inferior to another,just different!

If you want to write the tribal names on official records, go right ahead,Your child will suffer alone when s/he can’t b employed because there too many people from his/her tribe!

PRIVATE companies: Do not include ethnic names in your official records, unless you want the law to disrupt meritocracy in you organization,and by extension your profits!     

  

         

Another#Kikuyu presidency in #Kenya after #kibakl? As a kyuk I know its a bad idea!

March 2, 2012

For starters,I’m a Kikuyu so don’t go around thinking that I’m against the Kikuyu as a tribe.

With that out of the way, I’ll proceed to get my point home: The problem with Kenya is the perception that presidency benefits the tribe. The problem is compounded by the fact that tribes happen to have numerical differences, with the most populous being the Kikuyu at 22%.

If people were to vote for a president from their tribe(happened in ’07), members of other tribes feel that the Kikuyu can monopolize the presidency to end of the world. And Given that the end of the world is daily taking the shape of a mirage…

The fact that every other Tom Dick and Njuguna, and his dog from the Kikuyu wants to be president doesn’t help matters much. This actually  strengthens the perception that indeed there might b a grain of truth…

The only way to “defeat a Kikuyu” is for members of other communities to back one candidate to run against the one from Kikuyu. This is exactly what happened in 07 elections, with ODM comprising of people from tribes whose only ideology was to dislodge PNU’s kibaki(read:Kikuyu) from power! In fact, ODM had a social wing carrying out project 42-1.

Being a Kikuyu I can tell you that the presidency does NOTHING for the majority of the members of the tribe. The proportion of unemployed is as bad in the Kikuyu community as it is in other tribes, probably even worse. I witnessed Kikuyus lose their lives, loved ones, property, and business links – their bloodlines – just because Kibaki is a Kikuyu. It, therefore, hurts me to see my fellow Kikuyu insisting on another Kikuyu presidency, considering that the disadvantages of the same  by far outweighs the advantages! Most of us are so blinded by our “leaders”  we wouldn’t  recognize self-interest if it came dressed in a mini and slapped us on the face!

The presidency in the current constitutional dispensation is virtually ceremonial (and you can ask Kibaki how sweet he is finding it; The various appointments that have been quashed, and the memo to Parliament which Parliament can choose to ignore, are cases in point).

In the unlikely event that my fellow  Kikuyu change their minds please vote for anybody else apart from Raila. That Guy wouldn’t know government  If it came bearing a check in his name!

As a country,  We will only be able only be able to discuss party manifestoes & qualifications of individual candidates when we don’t have a Kikuyu in the ballot paper!

Right now, kenyans are busy talking about how qualified Karua, Uhuru, Kenneth are, but by the time elections arrive ( August,Dec,March) They’ll all have been branded Mt Kenya Mafia and the rest will be history…