For all the information on Kenya28Feb check out their website here and get the details. This is my personal account of my pre, actual and post Kenya28Feb.
I admit that while I agreed with the organizers in principle, I felt that this was a half-baked good idea which needed better planning and further thought.
You cannot ask folk to do something and then tell them the why does not matter. You cannot start something with no idea of the future. You cannot ignite a fire that you are not interested in keeping alive.
Yes, I realize that it is currently ‘cool’ to be political and the activism fad aroused by the happenings in North Africa is the in thing but I believe that Kenya’s street revolution has already happened. Remember when we sang ‘Yote yawezekana’?
I appreciate that most on social media are pretty young and also ignorant on happenings before existence of social media but Kenya did fight and win against a dictator. Therefore I strongly believe what we need now is a revolution of the mind. A mind shift to look at leadership and been led differently.
Kenyans are terribly apathetic and asking them to do something which has no tangible return is akin to crying wolf. This makes it harder for the next person who tries to organize the masses with a plan. Also if you are clueless and rudderless as organizers you will be hijacked by outside forces who are more politically aware. I warned one of the organizers of this possibility and she thought I was naive. Well, Bunge la Wananchi just did the hijack at Kencom and reports indicate they are matching to Parliament. Wanna guess what will be in the news?
Social media also got pretty ugly with both sides trading accusations and abusing the other. That was pretty sad. I believe that it is a great thing that Kenyans are not sheep or zombies who blindly follow. Everyone’s opinion really does count!
Despite all my misgivings surrounding the event I decided to sing or how I looked at it say a prayer for my country and give thanks to God for all the blessings and to also pray for peace.
Read the words of the anthem here and get inspired by the powerful prayer.
I made my way to Kencom bus stop and got there at 12:50pm. The organizers had formed a small circle which the cameras were targeted on. There was a size-able crowd. Half who were there to sing and the majority who were clueless curious onlookers. In five minutes I had answered at least 10 Kenyans who asked me what was going on. I also heard a lot of misinformation been peddled by Kenyans who pretend to know. Bunge la Wananchi had hijacked the front line and they had a banner too.Apathy was also evident. We sing and then? Who are the organizers? Are they celebs?
I had expected a platform, a mic, someone leading the singing but it was quite chaotic. Impatient Kenyans started to sing at 1.02pm as the organizers delayed. This prompted the organizers to finally start and it meant that I sang the first stanza twice.
But finally we were in sync and in that moment I was proudly Kenyan! Devoid of the cynicism and just united with other men and women with whom I share a country of birth.
We sang in Kiswahili and the words to all the three stanzas were instinctively remembered. It was a powerful moment and I was glad I said the prayer.
Once I finished saying that prayer I said one of my own and walked away just as the Bunge la Wananchi started their chanting.
I am sure the organizers have learned a lot from their foray into the murky world of politics. I also hope that the organizational kinks and informational gap between the elite 1% on social media and the kawaida 99% on the streets will be addressed. I am assuming that this was not a fad and that Kenyans today started the revolution of the mind. I pray that it will not be hijacked by folk with ulterior motives.
As for me, I am glad I said my two prayers for Kenya. I shall continue to use my blog to aid the mental revolution that Kenya desperately needs. I will also seek to plug myself into initiatives that can benefit from my political awareness.
What will you do?
GOD BLESS KENYA!