Friday, 25 February 2011

Feb 28, one Kenya, one Nation

As we draw near to February 28, I traversed through What does liberation in Africa mean in 2011?

The question was posed by a panel of the Association of Concerned Africa Scholars (ACAS) at the 2010 African Studies Association meeting.


Many countries are celebrating their 50 year anniversaries of the independence this 21st Centuary amidist recent political conflicts and strengthening of dictatorships in some of these countries (Libya, Egypt,Tunisia) raise the questions:

What has happened to liberation struggles and liberation organizations and leaders in the decades since national liberation?  Where have the struggles gone or how have they morphed?  What does liberation mean in 2011?

What is the nature of current African liberation struggles?  What visions do activists, politicians, and opposition groups currently hold for the liberation of their nations, social or ethnic groups?

Against this backdrop, what do we have to look to as we draw near to February 28th, a day the coalition govenment was formed by signing the National Peace Accord.

I am  a patriotic Kenyan,who believes that through words of the resonating national Anthem, we are united both in love, unity and purpose.

Unity that has bonded us together as a people, and to remind us that together, we can achieve much more.

Feb 28, we celebrate our achievements,our Kenyanness, our diversity in our languages, our children, mothers, fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers.

we have our own challenges,we still demand for prosperity, employment health, lifestyle, and very friendly environment. However, HIV/AIDS and other diseases, climate change unfavorable policies and lack of self awareness lead them to non involvement in development activities.

Amidst all this, as we shall be singing the song of unity, it will remind us that we have got fresh minds to enable clear thinking, energetic, ambitious, love for one another, and courageous.

A reminder to us, to change our mind sets towards playing our noble role to overcome the problems of urban and rural poverty for sustainable development in our nation.

We the Kenyan people live in a new dawn; the right choice, a hope to the right path to move on, to lead Kenya to new future as one of the most important choices ever made.

This is because we are still one nation enlivened by rich cultural diversity: a wide range of age groups, culture, and physical abilities, religious and ethnic backgrounds.

Therefore, we have to learn to blend a healthy mix with this diverse Kenyan population.

This is a way of understanding our nation’s rich multicultural diversity.

Finally, our role is to be able to generate ideas from our populous diversity. To find ideas we could argue about, those that will help in the realization of national goals and aspirations.

By so doing, we have a responsibility of generating ideas to steer our nation to great heights. Therefore, let us all be leaders in service to our nation.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

A world of connectivity has become a world for social change

"Over and over again, connecting people with one another is what lasts online. Some folks thought it was about technology, but it's not." Seth Godin

Universally high levels of youth unemployment and the rising costs associated with higher education often compel young people to limit their leisure pursuits to career exploration and preparation activities that facilitate the transition from school to work.

This trend helps explain the sustained decline in memberships in sports associations and other organized forms of leisure activity.

In national efforts to include youth in decision-making, consideration must be given to the changes occurring in the political attitudes of young people and in the patterns and structures of youth movements.

To many young people, the world of politics seems far removed from their daily realities of school commitments, leisure activities, and employment challenges.

Many youth fail to see a connection between these realities and the impact of public policies on their lives.

Is there a solution? Think about the power of the social media!!!

"I believe that social networking should provide some positive outcome to people. It all starts with the kind of people we add to our networks. What kind of stuff do they post? How relevant are their postings? I have come to find that social networking is all about "garbage in and garbage out".  Brenda Zulu

Social media helps people reconnect the dots in their life. It enables them to stay in touch with what’s happening in the lives of people who matter to them. It allows them to voluntarily express their views on what they like, what they dislike and what they want. It helps them create, control and contribute to a body of knowledge.

With social media, a few close friends are now the core, followed by the family and then some more friends and then relatives.

It is amazing how the world has become a small place in the face of social networking.

From weary to strong
Poor to rich
Unhealthy to healthy
Ugly to beautiful
Gave a hand, came in passion.
My togetherness kept me going.
Till now found that 
Was lost but now newly found
and branded.
Unblinded and has a future
Has a vision and dream
What an achievement

Faith Kansiime

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Burning Sensation

Its long, great deal of the matter
Splendor of moonlight under the sea
Level of engagement and dialogue
We dwelled in, succumbed me to temptation

Your labial phonetic I Adour
Sensation of fullness it gives me

Sunday, 6 February 2011