Corruption is arguably in the DNA of the Kenyan cultural fabric. The term TKK was coined as an acronym for bribery and corruption. It is my belief that erasing bribery will help in healing a nation whose values are quickly eroding.
The cry to stop corruption is not exclusive to the youth, even the old feel this way.
I must confess that I do not have a plan in place to stop this disease but I do know that the ending of corruption can begin if YOU decide to become intolerant of it.
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Tagged Bongo, corruption, Genge, Genge Wear, Kapuka, Kenya, Kenyan, kenyAn Artists, rags, ragskanyi, simAmA, Tanzania, TKK, Toa kitu kidogo, uganda
- 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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Tagged Dedan Kimathi, Dedan Kimathi tee shirts, flagpole, Genge, Kenya, Kenyan flag, Kenyan Thong, Kenyan wrongs, levisill, queens English, rags, ragskanyi, Swahili, wanataka
Everyone of us foreigners know of that friend or relative who needs some legal advise in regard to immigration. As usual, lawyers capitalize on peoples ignorance and charge and arm and a leg for immigration and legal Services.
The Catholic Charities of Dallas offers FREE immigration and legal Services.
If you don’t live in Dallas, have no fear, just click HERE to find your local Catholic Charities Agency.
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Tagged Catholic Charities of Dallas, Dallas, foreigners, Free Immigration and Legal Services, immigration, Kenya, kenyans, lawyers, legal advise, rags, ragskanyi
I am really excited about the new shirts I have out in my online store
The tee below is made up of images that spell the word “Kenya.” It is pretty looking and is guaranteed to make people look at it more than twice.
The second shirt is called “Uta Do?” Uta Do? Is a combination of a Swahili and an English word. It is a taunt means “whatchu gonna do?”
All these exciting designs are available at my Store. Check them out!
While I normally rant and rave about Genge and Kapuka, I felt the need to bring to light a fact that I feel is so evident yet ignored by most of the older Kenyan generation. So what is this fact? Well the fact is I am an ikenyan youth.
This means that among other things;
I have an email address.
I’d rather read a blog than a book.
I have a website.
I am actually in touch with my peers in kenya and around the world through social networking tools like facebook, youtube, myspace…and the list goes on.
I am not as dumb as I look.
Understanding this new medium called the Internet is a way in which the older generation can use to bridge the gap between their generation and my igeneration.
- Back in the day the youth used to sit at the heels of the old and listen to them tell stories that taught moral lessons. Today that same person can use the simple precess of going on youtube, opening a channel and tell the same stories via video camera and in so doing reach countless Kenyan youth worldwide.
- Do not misinterpret our lack of asking “tell us about the good old days” as a lack of interest in our history. Many of us have shed our Christian names for our tribal names e.g from Scholastica to Akumu, from Johnston to Kimani.
- We now listen to Kenyan musicians who sing and rap in English and swahili. Before you roll your eyes and click your tongue, remember that though our genge, kapuka and bongo music is African American influenced in the same way your beloved “Helule Helule”, and “Angelike Twist” was influenced by the African Americans of your era.
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Many of us have had the sad and unfortunate experience of trying to make a good impression on a lady or guy we have just meet. The Kenyan genge artist Indiginas articulates this frustration in his hilarious video called Binti.
I must say that occasionally, I love it when an artist is not afraid to be honest and funny at the same time. Believe me, this is no easy task. Indiginas even does not hesitate to jump in front of the camera and act out being lengwad (ignored) by a girl at a bar. I highly recommend this video if all you want to do is reminisce and just laugh.
Chances are you can relate.
The sleek lyricist/artist, STL (Stella Mwangi) on the other hand has a thoughtful video called “Makelele” which is a thoughtful and touching video that forces us to step back and reflect on the state of the Jamhuri ya Kenya.
I am amazed by her range and creativity. My suspicion is that the video is in response to the violence in Kenya that was ignited by flat out utotology, tribalism and hate.
Maze, I know that this was a mouthful. Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed it.
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Tagged Binti, Bumba, Genge, hate., Indiginas, Kapuka, Kenya, Makelele, music Ninavyo Hisi, Stella Mwangi, STL, tribalism, utotology, Video, youtube