- There was a time when the Kenyan flag was only reserved for the flagpole. Now, the Kenyan flag can be seen on shirts, shorts, hats, and thongs (Ok, I haven’t seen a Kenyan flag thong but I bet you someones working on that. Ahem)
- There was a time when Kenyan youth spoke solely and proudly in the queens English. Swahili and our tribal tongues were reserved for hoodlums as well as the uneducated.
- There was a time when the old were certain that the youth would never be interested in their heritage. Now they scrach their heads when they see us sporting Field Marshal Dedan Kimathi tee shirts.
Times truly have changed. Kenyan youth all over the world (and believe me, we are ALL over the world) run around speaking Swahili, wearing shirts that either say “Kenya” or have the Kenyan flag on it. Some, including me even have been audacious enough to drop their Christian names and now are using their pagan….oops I mean, tribal names.
I am not a Sociologist, nor am I an Anthropologist so I will spare you a lecture as well as a treatise in regard to this massive shift to what I would like to call neo-nationalism. What I can say is that this change is a good thing!
Here is a challenge to my peers; Though we are outwardly proud of being African as well as Kenyan, we need to also be willing to make the extra step and resolve to be catalysts for change in a continent that has been exploited, raped, and pillaged by its own, as well as it’s invaders.
So here is my challenge, choose to either wear the Kenyan thong or speak out on Kenyan wrongs.
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