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.