United States of Africa and Why every Person in Support Dies

The term “United States of Africa” was mentioned first by Marcus Garvey in his poem Hail, United States of Africa in 1924. Garvey’s ideas and formation systems deeply influenced former Africa leaders and the rebirth of the African Union.

In February 2009, upon being elected chairman of the 53-nation African Union in Ethiopia, Gaddafi told the assembled African leaders: “I shall continue to insist that our sovereign countries work to achieve the United States of Africa.” The BBC reported that Gaddafi had proposed “a single African military force, a single currency and a single passport for Africans to move freely around the continent”. Other African leaders stated they would study the proposal’s implications, and re-discuss it in May 2009.

The focus for developing the United States of Africa so far has been on building subdivisions of Africa – the proposed East African Federation can be seen as an example of this. Former President of Senegal, Abdoulaye Wade, had indicated that the United States of Africa could exist from as early as 2017. The African Union, by contrast, has set itself the task of building a “united and integrated” Africa by 2025. Gaddafi had also indicated that the proposed federation may extend as far west as the Caribbean: Haiti, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas and other islands featuring a large African diaspora, may be invited to join.

Gaddafi also received criticism for his involvement in the movement, and lack of support for the idea from among other African leaders. A week before Gaddafi’s death during the Libyan Civil War, South African President Jacob Zuma expressed relief at the regime’s downfall, complaining that Gaddafi had been “intimidating” many African heads of state and government in an effort to gain influence throughout the continent and suggesting that the African Union will function better without Gaddafi and his repeated proposals for a unitary African government.

After the death of Gaddafi

Gaddafi was ultimately killed during the Battle of Sirte in October 2011. While some regard the project to have died with him, Robert Mugabe expressed interest in reviving the project. Following the 2017 Zimbabwean coup d’état, Mugabe resigned as President. On 6 September 2019, Mugabe died.

The nations of Eritrea, Ghana, Senegal, and Zimbabwe, have supported an African federation. Others such as South Africa, Kenya, and Nigeria have been more skeptical, feeling that the continent is not ready for integration. North African countries such as Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia, and post-revolution Libya who have traditionally identified more with rival ideologies like Arab nationalism, Berberism and Islamism have shown less interest in the idea.

Support appears to be inversely proportional to a nation’s power and influence. Doubts have been raised about whether the goal of a unified Africa can ever be achieved while ongoing problems of conflict and poverty persist throughout the continent.

The proposed federation would have the largest total territory of any state, exceeding the Russian Federation. It would also be the third most populous state after China and India, and with a population speaking an estimated 2,000 languages.

In the fictional Star Trek universe, the United States of Africa exist as part of the United Earth Government. Commander Uhura and Lieutenant Commander La Forge originate from Kenya and Somalia respectively, both within the United States of Africa.

In the fictional Halo universe, the United States of Africa exist as a nation of the United Earth Government, within the United Nations Space Command.

Arthur C. Clarke’s 1987 science fiction novel 2061: Odyssey Three features the formation of a United States of Southern Africa.

The 2006 French-Beninese film Africa Paradis is set in the United States of Africa in the year 2033.

The 90’s cartoon Bots Master has a United States of Africa, and its President is one of the few people who believes that Ziv “ZZ” Zulander is not a terrorist.


If you continue provoking Ugandans, Ugandans will rise up against you- Mr Bobi Wine.

The opposition is already crying foul
The ugandan health minister, Jane Ruth Aceng, has won praise for her handling of covid-19, which has yet to cause a single reported death in her country. But recently she was photographed in a crowd, without a mask, in the district where she is seeking election in six months, when Uganda faces presidential, parliamentary and local elections. Ms Aceng’s critics said she was flouting the rules to chase votes, which she denies.

The coming campaigns will take place without the usual mass rallies, according to covid-19 guidelines issued by the electoral commission. That favours Yoweri Museveni, the incumbent president, who has won five contests, by fair means and foul, since fighting his way to power in 1986. Kizza Besigye, the main challenger in the past four elections, has yet to say if he will run again. But there is a new contender: Robert Kyagulanyi, a singer known as Bobi Wine, who is popular with young urbanites and has recently taken over a hitherto obscure party.

The pandemic complicates a longstanding struggle over freedom of speech and assembly. In January Mr Wine and his supporters were arrested in a cloud of teargas as they tried to hold meetings with voters. The police said the singer had fallen foul of the draconian Public Order Management Act, which has been used since 2013 to block gatherings the government does not like. In March the constitutional court struck down a key section of the act, giving civil society a rare victory.

But the country was already entering a covid-19 lockdown, which offered a compelling new reason to clear the streets. With churches, schools and football pitches still closed, it would be a “total disaster” to stage rallies, argues Mike Mukula, a bigwig in the ruling National Resistance Movement (nrm). That has not stopped him holding indoor meetings with scores of nrm activists. Opposition leaders say the state is keener to control people than to protect them. “If you continue provoking Ugandans, Ugandans will rise up against you,” warns Mr Wine.

Without public rallies, candidates will rely on the media to promote their causes. The press in Kampala, the capital, is lively. But most Ugandans get their news from local radio, which has learned to tread carefully. Maria Ledochowska Nnatabi, a 24-year-old parliamentary candidate who backs Mr Wine, says that talk-show moderators steer her away from sensitive topics. “If I go to the communities, I’m going to say what I want to say openly,” she says. On radio “you’re already compromised.”

Many private broadcasters are owned by politicians or business people with links to the nrm, which state-owned stations also support. “Our majority shareholder is the government so we find our hands are somehow tied,” says Dickson Nandinda of Radio West, a regional outlet. “There are things we will not say.” Candidates will have to pay 3m ugandan shillings ($813) to appear on an hour-long talk-show, he adds. That is as much as the average Ugandan makes in a year.

Some opposition leaders want Mr Museveni to declare a state of emergency and postpone elections. The old soldier is disinclined to do so. His regime has built a civilian architecture over the hard foundations of military power. Regular elections, however flawed, reinforce his position as “the elected general” who “stands between the army and the population”, argues Angelo Izama, a Ugandan analyst.

The most radical opposition figures, such as Mr Besigye, say that Mr Museveni has such a tight grip that an election alone will never unseat him. Instead, they see the polls as the catalyst for a political crisis, or even a popular uprising. The deployment of armed militia to enforce the covid-19 curfew looks to some like a dress rehearsal for suppressing post-election protests.
What do you think is the right way to progress in Uganda? Is it time for president museveni to retire from politics? Share with me your thoughts on the comment section. And as always, Think Differently.

Strong case Against school closure

All around the world, children’s minds are going to waste. As covid-19 surged in early April, more than 90% of pupils were shut out of school. Since then the number has fallen by one-third, as many classrooms in Europe and East Asia have reopened. But elsewhere progress is slow. Some American school districts, including Los Angeles and San Diego, plan to offer only remote learning when their new school year begins. Kenya’s government has scrapped the whole year, leaving its children idle until January. In the Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte says he may not let any children return to the classroom until a vaccine is found. South Africa has reopened casinos, but only a fraction of classrooms.

Many parents are understandably scared. Covid-19 is new, and poorly understood. Schools are big and crowded. Small children will not observe social distancing. Caution is appropriate, especially when cases are rising. The benefits of reopening schools usually outweigh the costs.

The new coronavirus poses a low risk to children. Studies suggest that under-18s are a third to a half less likely to catch the disease. Those under ten, according to British figures, are a thousand times less likely to die than someone aged between 70 and 79. The evidence suggests they are not especially likely to infect others. In Sweden, staff at nurseries and primary schools, which never closed, were no more likely to catch the virus than those in other jobs. A new study of 1,500 teenage pupils and 500 teachers who had gone back to school in Germany in May found that only 0.6% had antibodies to the virus, less than half the national rate found in other studies. Granted, an outbreak at a secondary school in Israel infected over 150 pupils and staff. But with precautions, the risk can be minimised.

However, the costs of missing school are huge. Children learn less, and lose the habit of learning. Zoom is a lousy substitute for classrooms. Poor children, who are less likely to have good Wi-Fi and educated parents, fall further behind their better-off peers. Parents who have nowhere to drop their children struggle to return to work. Mothers bear the heavier burden, and so suffer a bigger career setback. Children out of school are more likely to suffer abuse, malnutrition and poor mental health.

School closures are bad enough in rich countries. The harm they do in poor ones is much worse. Perhaps 465m children being offered online classes cannot easily make use of them because they lack an internet connection. In parts of Africa and South Asia, families are in such dire straits that many parents are urging their children to give up their studies and start work or get married. The longer school is shut, the more will make this woeful choice. Save the Children, a charity, guesses that nearly 10m could drop out. Most will be girls.

Education is the surest path out of poverty. Depriving children of it will doom them to poorer, shorter, less fulfilling lives. The World Bank estimates that five months of school closures would cut lifetime earnings for the children who are affected by $10trn in today’s money, equivalent to 7% of current annual gdp.
With such catastrophic potential losses, governments should be working out how to reopen schools as soon as it is safe.

In some countries teachers’ unions have been obstructive, partly out of justified concern for public health as cases climb, but also because teachers’ interests are not the same as children’s—especially if they are being paid whether they work or not.

The prudent course for poor-country governments is therefore to act boldly. Face down unions and reopen schools. Conduct loud re-enrolment campaigns, aimed especially at girls. Offer small cash transfers or gifts (such as masks or pens) to ease parents’ worries about the costs of getting their offspring back to class.

Reopening the world’s schools safely will not be cheap. Besides billions of bottles of hand sanitiser, it will require careful organisation, flexible schedules and assistance for those who have fallen behind to catch up. It will cost taxpayers money, but taxpayers are often parents, too. Rich countries should help poor ones with some of the costs. Steep as these will be, they are nothing like the costs of letting the largest generation in human history grow up in ignorance.

Tanzania’s Booming Economy

By official measures Tanzania is doing brilliantly. Covid-19 may be devastating its neighbours, but Tanzania is completely free of the virus—and safe for tourists—says President John Magufuli. Sub-Saharan Africa’s economy will shrink by 3.2% this year, predicts the imf, but Tanzania forecasts gdp growth of 5.5%, making it one of the world’s star economies. This month(July) the World Bank promoted it from “low income” to “lower-middle income”. That implies that income per person has surpassed $1,036, five years ahead of the government’s schedule.

Were these figures true, Tanzania would have much to celebrate. But the closer you look, the less plausible they seem. For more than a decade from 2000, Tanzania’s economy, east Africa’s second-largest, was indeed among Africa’s best-performing. After ditching one-party rule and “African socialism” in the 1990s, the government opened up the economy and welcomed foreign investors. gdp grew by a cracking 5-8% almost every year.

However, when Mr Magufuli came to power in 2015, he turned a hopeful country into a fearful one. Journalists were jailed, opposition mps have been arrested or shot. The “bulldozer”, as he is known, has scared off investors by ripping up agreements, arresting employees and demanding arbitrary sums from companies. Acacia Mining, the largest foreign investor, was ordered to pay $190bn—more than three years of Tanzania’s gdp—though this absurd figure was later scaled back. Investment has slumped. Tanzania has fallen by ten places in the World Bank’s ease-of-doing-business ranking. Business folk think the economy slipped into recession well before covid-19. But official numbers show it galloping ahead.

IMF staff smelt a fish last year. Official gdp numbers seemed out of step with other gloomier data. The imf raised concerns about the numbers and noted that the government’s “unpredictable or interventionist policies…could lead to meagre (or even negative) growth.” Its report should have sparked debate. It did not, because Mr Magufuli blocked its release.

If Tanzania’s economy grew by almost 7% in the fiscal year to the end of June 2019, why did tax revenue fall by 1%? And why has bank lending to companies slumped? Private data are bad, too. In 2019, sales at the biggest brewer fell by 5%. Sales of cement by the two biggest producers were almost flat. None of these things is likely if growth is storming ahead. The discrepancies are so large that it is hard to avoid the conclusion that the government is lying. Yet Tanzanians are terrified to suggest anything so scurrilous. Two years ago Mr Magufuli’s government wrote a law (since amended) under which people could be locked up for three years for disputing official statistics. The government has arrested Zitto Kabwe, an opposition mp, for questioning gdp numbers and closed a newspaper for publishing accurate exchange rates.

Lying is bad for democracy: without reliable numbers, it is hard for voters to hold governments to account. Lies are also bad for governance: it is hard to craft good policies without knowing what works. Because accurate numbers matter so much, donors spend almost $700m a year helping poor countries collect them. The World Bank even gave Tanzania a $30m loan to improve its statistics bureau. What was the point, if the imf buckles to political pressure and professes to believe codswallop?

Some argue that international financial institutions can do more good by staying close to iffy governments and gently nudging them towards reform. If the imf picks a fight with Mr Magufuli, he may send it packing. But in accepting junk statistics, the fund harms its own credibility, and stores up economic trouble for Tanzania. Mr Magufuli is running for a second term in October, so bad data also undermine the democratic rights of Tanzanians, who should be allowed to vote for politicians based on their actual record, rather than a fictitious one.

Honesty has worked before. In 2013, after it became clear that Argentina was fibbing about inflation, the fund stopped accepting its data. After a change in government, Argentina stopped lying. Tanzanians deserve the truth, too. What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comment section and as always Think Differently.

Source : Economist

China’s economy could be bigger than America’s already..

America’s economy did not exceed China’s in size until the 1880s, according to the Maddison Project at the University of Groningen. The two now rival each other again. Because China’s workers are 4.7 times as numerous as America’s, they need be only a fraction as productive to surpass America’s output. No fewer than 53 countries would already have a bigger gdp than America if they were as populous as China.

In 2019 China’s workers produced over 99trn yuan-worth of goods and services. America’s produced $21.4trn-worth. Since it took about 6.9 yuan to buy a dollar last year, China’s gdp was worth only $14trn when converted into dollars at market rates. That was still well short of America’s.

But 6.9 yuan stretches further in China than a dollar goes in America. One example is the McDonald’s Big Mac. It costs about 21.70 yuan in China and $5.71 in America, according to prices collected by The Economist. By that measure, it takes only 3.8 yuan to buy as much as a dollar. But if that is the case, then 99trn yuan can buy as much as $26trn, and China’s economy is already considerably bigger than America’s.

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Land dispute and ethnic tension in Ethiopia

Land dispute and ethnic tension in Ethiopia

“We were born here, we grew up here, but now we live like beggars,” fumes Tsige Bule, gazing from a rain-splattered porch towards the grey and unfinished apartment block that looms over what remains of her family’s farmland. Several years ago the Ethiopian authorities confiscated almost all of it to build public housing for residents of Addis Ababa, the capital. In the past decade the expanding city has inched ever closer to Tsige’s village. She sold her cows and began buying jerry cans because water from the nearby river had become toxic. Her sons dropped out of school to work as labourers on nearby building sites. A life of modest comfort teetered toward destitution.

There is a deep well of anger in the suburbs and countryside around the Ethiopian capital. In July riots took place near Tsige’s home after the assassination of Hachalu Hundessa, a popular musician and activist from the Oromo ethnic group. New housing estates were pelted with stones, cars and petrol stations were set alight. Towns across the vast region of Oromia, which surrounds Addis Ababa, were similarly ravaged. Much of central Shashamene, a booming entrepot some 200km south, was burned to the ground. There were widespread attacks on minorities, notably Amharas, the largest ethnic group after the Oromo. Hotels, businesses and homes were destroyed or damaged. By one count 239 people were killed, some murdered by mobs, others by security forces.

The threads that connect the carnage in Oromia with the plight of Tsige’s family are real, even if hard to see. In recent years towns and cities in southern Ethiopia, especially in Oromia, have been flashpoints for political and ethnic turmoil. The latest bout was triggered by national politics: many Oromos saw Hachalu’s murder as an attack on the Oromo opposition movement. Much of their anger is also stoked by a fear that Abiy Ahmed, the prime minister, has reneged on promises he made in 2018 to end both authoritarian rule and the alleged marginalisation of Oromos. But a closer look at the pattern of violence in certain places suggests that local factors such as who owns land and businesses may also have played a big part.

Many southern towns began as imperial garrisons after the conquests of Emperor Menelik ii, an Amhara, in the late 19th century. Establishing cities sometimes involved the eviction of those already on the land, including the Oromo clans who lived on ground that was taken for Addis Ababa. As towns expanded they attracted settlers from Ethiopia’s northern highlands, who spoke Amharic and dominated urban commerce and the state bureaucracy. Amharic-speakers are still perceived to control much of the urban economy. “If you take 50 hotels in the city, only three are owned by Oromos,” alleges the owner of a juice bar in Adama, the second-largest city in Oromia.

Old tensions are exacerbated by two factors in modern Ethiopian politics. The first is the 1995 constitution, which carved up territory along ethnic lines. In doing so it introduced the notion of ethnic ownership of cities and towns. This is particularly pronounced in the case of Addis Ababa, in which the constitution granted Oromia a “special interest”. Oromo nationalists claim the city is part of their historic “homeland” and demand a final say over its governance. But similar conflicts fester elsewhere, sometimes turning violent, as in the eastern city of Harar, where a minority of ethnic Harari enjoyed political privileges at the expense of much larger Oromo and Amhara populations.

The system also hardened perceptions of non-indigenous folk as alien settlers. In Shashamene mobs went from door to door checking identity cards, which record ethnicity, before burning property belonging to Christians and non-Oromos. “They have a plan to dominate the economy of this town,” frets a non-Oromo. “At the core this is about the concentration of economic power and opportunity in urban areas,” says Eshetayehu Kinfu of Hawassa University near Shashamene.

The second factor is land. In Ethiopia, all land is owned by the state. Although the constitution guarantees free land to farmers, in practice farmers and poor folk in cities have few legal protections from eviction, says Logan Cochrane, also of Hawassa University. For urban officials, leasing and administering high-value land is a source of revenue, rents and patronage. So many grab lots of it, adding to the ranks of the landless and jobless.

“Our fathers lost their land, so we have nothing to inherit,” says Tsige’s son Betemariam. An added sore is that public housing built on land that belonged to Oromo farmers was typically given to more prosperous city-dwellers. “It’s not fair,” says Beshadu Degife, who lives down the lane. “This land is ours but now it’s people from other places who are enjoying it.”

The growing perception is that towns with mixed populations are strongholds of Abiy’s Prosperity Party, which seeks to have no ethnic slant. This perception may further aggravate tensions. As Ethiopia prepares for delayed elections some time next year, towns will be places to watch—and worry about.

Cambridge Analytica and the threat to African democracy

Cambridge Analytica, Brexit, Election of Donald trump and the corporate weaponization of social media platforms that threaten democracy in Africa. According to Nanjala Nyabola’s book:Digital democracy, Analogue politics: How the internet Era is transforming Kenya, Cambridge Analytica piloted its field testing electoral strategies right here in Kenya. It did so by conducting its first of two 50, 000-person survey to identify Kenyan voters ‘Real needs’ and “fears” (jobs and ethnic violence). It proceeded by enacting a branding campaign for the jubilee party targeted at youth voters. During which, the president and his deputy were battling their International Criminal Court(ICC) indictments for crimes against humanity following the 2007 post election violence. The PR company BTP advisers, along with Cambridge Analytica, successfully reformed the indictments as neocolonialism and an infringement on Kenya’s sovereignty.

Kenyans are digital, Nairobi and Kenyans on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook especially. Moreover, we have a well established internet and communication infrastructure,making us a good target for social media manipulation and propaganda using our own data, Facebook data. Every elections year, even 2022, our politicians with resort to ethnic manipulation with hopes to secure some electoral gain, something they’ve always done.

How did we become this prone to ethnic social manipulation, where did it all start?

Kenya’s digital connectivity began with the launch of M-Pesa back in the year 2007, then it proceeded to the year 2009, where we were the only country in the region to have an international Fibre optic connectivity. This officially made us the surveillance state in the region. Since then, the president has succeeded in improving the integrated population registration system which collected data from 12 databases held by different government agencies including birth, marriage, electoral and hospital registers. In 2014,the administration introduced E-citizen platform that has helped facilitate mobile payment for government services. They did all these without any data protection legislation in place, the price of which was to be paid years later in the 2017 general election. It’s during the same election that we would learn that weaponization of Facebook and other social media platforms have demonstrated just how well a well placed propaganda undermines democratic trust and institutions.

The human rights watch has a documented a state orchestrated campaign against journalist since then. It’s book knowledge that the constitution enshrines freedom of expression and media rights protection, but since government advertising accounts for 60-70% of all advertising revenues, the executive has since used that to sway the media to their side and will. It’s rare nowadays to see reports on land, corruption or even security. Investigative journalists are no more.

Cambridge Analytica was contracted for a reported 600 million shillings (6 million USD), which is small being that being a governor requires at least that amount according to a local report. In 2017, the promise of digital election was hailed by IEBC (Kenyas electoral body) as the panacea for electoral fraud and manipulation. The French firm OT Safran Morpho was selected to provide the technology required to power our integrated elections management systems (KIEMS) and provide the biometric capability to help the IEBC electronically authenticate every voter. This was one of the most expensive elections in the world on a cost per voter basis with IEBC spending approximately 2500 shillings (25USD) per voter with a total election cost of more than 100 billion shillings (1 billion USD).

The same election was nullified by the Supreme Court on irregularities and illegality in result transmission basis. The president labelled the decision as “a judicial coup” Raila Odinga boycotted the rerun. The president won by 98% of the voters on a 39% voter turn-out. It was later discovered that OT Safran Morpho owned Kenya’s electoral servers( voter registry and biometric data) something that would be illegal in Europe or USA or here if we had such laws.

Information consolidation is still on in this country with the passage of the computer and cyber crimes bill, which covers a range of cyber crimes including false publication (penalty, 5 million shillings or two years in prison). A bill termed by many as a dawn of online government censorship. The bill also enables the government to “access any information, code or technology which is capable of unscrambling encrypted data” and “require any person in possession of decrypted information to grant them access. Think safaricom, your calls and sms and think government agencies. The government holds 35% of safaricom and under the bill,” bulk collection “(including Metadata, sms and audio phone taps) is allowed.

We are having an election in 2 years, a referendum in probably a year. Democracies are vulnerable to social media misinformation. Accountability should be mandatory from firms micro targeting and profiting from large scale data aggregation of publicly available information. Observers on local and national elections should take into account the social media sphere. We are at a higher risk ladies and gentlemen, there’s nothing more important than this. Though we have the 2019 data protection Act, we must strongly enforce it or else it just remains a piece of writing.

What changes would you like to see in Africa?

Things to change in Africa 
Change is paramount, change is what men who rise to the top of socio-economic and political acheleons do. It goes without saying that if at all we need any change, then that change has and must start with us. And by us I mean Africans. It’s an open book knowledge that Africa lags behind in literally everything technological. The outside world and Africans themselves believe that Africa must be saved from itself.

We may boast of the vast resources and brilliant human resource we have but it does us no good if all we ever do is talk without any action. The brutal, honest truth is that most African governments are corrupt and the leaders themselves care less for their constituents. Change for me means an end to the ever flowing rivers of corruption that characterizes most African government. We must Get rid of corruption in all levels of our social strata and spectrum. We must get rid of that sense of entitlement from acquiring freedom that leads to the large amounts of corruption we experience. We fought for independence so we are entitled with little to no regard of other people’s needs.

Another change I’d like to see in my tenure of life is an end to poverty and hopelessness. We must bring to an end the dire starvation that deprive our people of higher level of thinking and we must lift as many people as possible above the global poverty level. We have to erase the traditional class lines that exists in our countries and we must stop our leaders from being used as tools of manipulation to keep as passive and silent on issues that truly matter, like our opinions and what we genuinely want for Africa.

Change in Africa can never be talked about without addressing the elephant in the room, land! We all know that land is a very thorny issue. The best of it is in the hands of a few who use it at the detriment of others. What we need is a reallocation of land so that every deserving and entitled African has a piece of land in Africa. Having land must not be a given as it currently is rather it should be a right. Our government should help us advance our Agricultural practice from the current traditional farming to a more advanced, 21st century form of farming.

Another change I would like and many Africans would like to see is unity of the African continent. African Unity has led many to the grave and will surely lead to many more losing their lives. We are enemies of ourselves. The north don’t view the south as themselves. Some countries don’t see themselves as African countries. The honest truth is that you’re in Africa and as the saying goes, east or west, home is best. We must start by falling in love with our culture and embrace the good we share and harmonize on the differences that threaten to divide us. We should aspire to have one common political federation, with a common currency and bank. We must open our borders and have a common market. That’s the only way we emerge among the top. If we don’t in the next few decades, China, India and Asean countries will move to the first world category, with Africa being the only continent with countries in the third world. I get the political interests so many players have, but we can’t and we must not think in the present, we have to see a continent in which we are all dead and our great grand kids are alive. Which kind of continent do we want for them? What role do we want them to play? Which image do we want them to have?

Moving on is a stability of infrastructure from schools to roads to rail to air. We need to be where the world is, we need to progress really fast from our reliance on fuel and oil to clean, more advanced form of energy, wind and solar and Africa we have that in plenty. We need to modernize our roads, we need as many speed rails as we can develop. We need a super highway that links the north to the south. We need an African version of the belt and road initiative to open African countries to each other. We don’t need a connection flight to Europe to get to another African country.

Finally, the issue of visas is worth some thought. Do you actually believe that there are some African countries that demand visas upon arrival? Some of which take months to process? Why? Why can’t we have a common visa that guarantees us that access to the unlimited scenery is the more than 50 countries in Africa. I know security is an issue, and better known is the undeniable fact that poverty is what makes us hub terrorists. Many of which are used as proxies to not only destabilize governments and economies but also loot the rich African resource. How can we even buy into this obvious propaganda? I really want a great continent. I really care about African kids having all they need for better living, plenty of food and first class medical treatment.
The idea of African elite leaders flying themselves and their families abroad just tells you so much about African education, health and the leaders themselves. It shows just how subsidiary and second class we are to them. A man can’t call you to his house to help you solve issues and problems in your home. It’s basic logic.

Africa, we’re so much more. Africa we’re so much better. Look at us, look at how we hub the best of the best that’s the envy of the whole world. We are hard pressed by poverty yet we still manage to wear smiles in our faces. We are sorrounded by corrupt and greed leaders, yet look how we flourish despite all that. Look at our culture, it’s originality, it’s genuineness, it’s inspiration. Look at our landscape;it’s freshness, it’s beauty, it’s awe. There’s hope and don’t listen to any dissenting voice. Our forebearers blazed the trail for us, we must finish the trail so that our kids will have a smooth, clean path to walk on. So far, it’s been done at family level, we have families dominating the political, social and economic landscape. Now is that time to extend the same to our communities. Brick by brick, wall by Wall, neighborhood by neighborhood, country by country.

Let’s think Differently Africa. May the amazing God bless our hardwork of unity and better continent, may God bless the continent of Africa and may showers of blessings fill my motherland, Africa .

Be upto date

Another day, another dusk and here is a summary of all you need to know locally and nationally, over and above the happenings in your neighborhood.
The day opens with a good, encouraging and inspiring scene of Kenya’s telecommunication giant, safaricom offering one million 4G phones to users, with special treatment to 2G users, on a hire purchase with a thousand shillings required upfront and daily installment of 20 shillings for the next nine months. No more excuses for not having a smart phone. No more excuses of not taking your viusasa classes.

This new scene has not only proved itself to be newsworthy but has also succeeded in revealing its threatening and  life claiming side. 606 people tested positive for COVID19 after testing 4,888 samples in the last 24 hrs. Locking the total positive cases at 18,581. Moreover, 75 patients were discharged bringing total number of recoveries to 7,908. Sadly, 14 patients died bringing the death toll to 299 people.

Following the presidential summit held yesterday with Governors, lots of goodies are worth mention. First is the sickening issue of teen pregnancy that has been all over the news for the past couple of months. In reaction, the president gave a directive to county commissioners to launch a nationwide raid of private clinics offering contraceptive drugs to girls below the age of 18. Reason being that issuing contraceptives is a step to encourage sexual promiscuity for sex pets. Worth mentioning also is the no alcohol for 30 days directive also given yesterday.

In other events, a great show of strength was today evident at the heart of the capital, city hall,Nairobi. Where MCAs while trying to serve the assembly speaker with an impeachment notice used force that forced speaker Elachi to lock herself in her office. Meanwhile in other scenes, Nairobi court suspended the appointment of Edward Gichana as Nairobi County assembly clerk.

Moving on is the battle for the rift. A flex of muscles from both the deputy president and his rival Gideon Moi in hopes of winning the hearts and minds of opinion shapers and community clerics to win the true trophy of being the kalenjin and the rift tribal kingpin. This follows a new turn of events as Gideo Moi takes the fight to DP’s backyard, Uasin Gishu, on his Sunday tour.

Developing on the teen section is a father who found himself in a hot soup after a fabricated, sham cover up rape story fell apart following later developments that the father paid her 6 year old daughter 100/= after raping her to stick to the false narrative of being hurt by a stick to save save his dad in a revelation by Hola police Base commander Peter Ekuthi in a story by the daily nation.

For staying till the end, here is a bonus

Court Of Appeal dismissed a case challenging appointment of Prof Mugenda, Felix Koskei and Patrick Gichohi to JSC. The judges gave lack of merit from the appeal as the reason why.

The scene closes with Senator Orengo’s bid to have debate on county revenue formula deferred to another day defeated as Senator Irungu led the House in voting no.

Compassion for all, always. Grace for all, always.

Compassion for all, always. Grace for all, always.
There will be those who do not agree with us.
There will be those who ignite our every nerve of rage.
There will be those who make choices we don’t agree with.
And still we must begin with compassion, with grace.
Because when we stop to consider whether or not someone is worthy of our love, we have then stepped out of our hearts and into judgment, into ego.
No progress will be made in encounters such as this.
Yes we can be angry. Yes we can be sad. Yes we can be confused. But we still must lead with compassion.
When we begin with love we create ripples of good will that reverberate in ways we will never see or know.
The world becomes a softer more tenable place even for the most wayward of souls.
When we lead with compassion we expand instead of contract. We listen instead of interrupt. We feel. Our hearts soften instead of harden.
Let us make it our jobs to work with compassion. Let’s let go of the grip of judgement and power.
Let’s all be humans together, and lead, without pause, with love.
. I’m thinking about this today. Working with this today. It’s not easy but I’m awake to it’s need.

The Obstacle is the way

Author Ryan Holiday


The author sees most people getting stuck in the face of obstacles, but some people thriving at every challenge.

“You will come across obstacles in life — fair and unfair. And you will discover, time and time again, that what matters most is not what these obstacles are but how we see them, how we react to them, and whether we keep our composure.” –Ryan Holiday

He wants everyone to thrive in the face of obstacles, so he studied those rare people.

He discovered that the difference between the successful and the unsuccessful is not skill but rather the method for dealing with obstacles. Since method is something anyone can learn, he wrote this book to share the method for turning obstacles into advantages.

From this book, he hopes his readers will be able to change their thinking towards obstacles from “I don’t like this” or even “This is not so bad” to “I can make this good.”


See things for what they are.
Do what we can.
Endure and bear what we must.
What blocked the path now is a path.
What once impeded action advances action.
The Obstacle is the Way.

The Reader

Lately I’ve been doing more reading than writing. Spending time to take in words from pages and let them simmer amongst the matter in my head.
I let them sink lower into my heart, as I consider the sentences and vibrations of syllables, and I wonder out loud what it is I need to be saying right now.
It’s a lonely and watchful road, this writing life. Taking in the needs of the world and distilling them, like an artist might with a paintbrush, into strokes that make sense.
This pause is one I am deeply familiar with – a stay and wait until the ripples of imagery, metaphor, and simile begin to emerge for the page.
I always think I’m washed up, a hack, but then I remember, the words need time and space in order to come together. I remember that we live in a society that is push, push, push instead of consider, consider, consider and it’s here I smile in spite of myself.
It’s here I know the secrets of my heart will come up and out and onto the page once again. It’s here I begin to trust myself as I relate to this world, as I become more hospitable to even the most curmudgeon around me.
This writing life is one that lives behind the scenes. Writers generally don’t love a spotlight. Instead we’d like to consider the experiences that unfold around us, the people that interact with us, the communities that we reside.
A writer is one that will love you from afar (or tell you to your face) as we write down what inspires us.

There’s Hope

It is an honor to have God and also His spirit dominating in you.

The life of grace we have embraced was not because we have worked literally for it but because God’s expressive nature is love and giving.

Purity begins with our determined nature of refusal to hide the conditions of our heart.

No matter the things you are battling with, God’s righteousness was made available.
Contrite heart and spirit does He wants from us to access the glorious things that are already existing.

The plans He has for us is Soo marvelous,I can assure you that He has not started or ended with you yet.

You are great and impactful. Don’t give up ,you are an overcomer.

Stay blessed beloved.

A world full of irony

Someone has nicely explained the irony in the present situation:

“ Never have I seen such a mess in life.

The air is pure but
wearing a mask is

Roads are empty
but it is impossible
to go on long drive.

People have clean
hands but there is a
ban on shaking hands.

Friends have time to
sit together but they
cannot get together.

The cook inside you
is crazy, but you cannot
call anyone to lunch or

Every Monday,
the heart longs to go out, but the weekend does not seem to end.

Those who have money
have no way to spend it.

Those who don’t have
money have no way to
earn it.

There is enough time
on hand but you can’t
fulfill your dreams.

The culprit is all around
but cannot be seen.

A world full of irony!
Be positive but test negative.”


Now you’re upto date :20/07/2020

Man, what a day it has been. From the sad of the saddest news stories to the best of the best emotional stories. The news arena started the day with  a shocking story of Junnet Mohammed being linked to the famous NYS scandal through zeigham Enterprise Company in which the company is linked to some Kshs.21.8 million lost during the scandalous NYS scandal.

A few hours later we saw a very moving emotional eulogy from Entertainment mogul Papa Shirandula’s mother and father. An oration that left us weeping, moments before the body was laid to rest at his samia village home in busia. May his sole forever rest in peace.

Meanwhile in Nairobi, Senator Sakaja and the company were showing up at Kilimani police station to give a statement regarding his curfew rule violation yesterday. The senator didn’t seem pleased, in fact, he was mad and I think he still is mad at the police officers who showed up at his home. His madness went far in the later stories of the senator officially resigning from his role as the chairman of the senate adhoc committee on Corona virus.

The condition worsened with a breaking story of 4 patients losing their lives to covid 19 as Kenya records 418 new cases, officially capping the number of all covid 19 infections to 13,771 people as of today. Grieving is the fact that of all those people, 526 are health workers. And some good news, we had 494 recoveries capping the official recoveries to 5, 616 people. We can beat this thing! Nairobi hospital already has partnered with the United Nations to set up a special 160 bed covid 19 facility.

In line with the increasing number of covid 19 infections, President Uhuru Kenyatta is scheduled to convene an intergovernmental coordinating summit this Friday to review virus containment measures followitn the surge in cases of infections. Corona scenes ends with a troubling revelation by Citizen TV Wednesday news anchor, Jeff Koinage. He revealed that he’s an asymptomatic covid 19 patient, adding that his contacts have been informed.

In other stories, drama unfolds in Mount Kenya as the wrestle for the region’s kingpin and uhuru succession continues following a new face stepping into the scene earlier today: Peter Kenneth.

Finally to some good and not so good concluding stories. Kanye West, an American rapping music guru, launches an electrifying campaign as an independent candidate ready to take both the republican and democrat political establishment by the horns. This follows his Twitter announcement of his candidacy that got an overwhelming support not only from thousands of thousands of retweets and comments but also from the real Tech OG himself, Elon Musk. This could be something that the silent American majority have been waiting for, for a very long time.

For staying tuned till the end, I’m going to give you a bonus, there will be no Ballon d’or awards this year because of the threat the pandemic poses, or rather the awards will be held in France next year 2021, this time with a little tweak as participants will be voting for the all time greatest 6 players.

And Here we go again, after a very long time

Finally, a new ceiling, a greener compound, a parade of parked cars and happy smiley faces. That was the scene after more than 90 days away from church and seeing people. I’m in the middle pew, and I feel the atmosphere has this smell of fresh, fresh air, fresh clothes, fresh conversations and fresh vibes. My friend, Nic is seated on the fourth pew in the last column to my right, Rozie and Morgan are in the middle column just a pew in front of where I’m seating. That should be the third pew if my math is right. Peter is doing an outstanding job ushering while Valentine and Matilda are leading the praise.

The preacher, who’s smartly dressed by the way, narrates the story of Martin Luther after a reading from the book of romans. He talks about how we humans just like Luther do everything hard to make ourselves right with God. We give to the poor, we pray many times a day, we read the Bible, we give tithes and offerings and so on yet we have nothing tangible to show for it. He goes on to explain how hard it is to be justified before God without having an unwavering faith in God and our Lord Jesus christ. He crowns the whole sermon with a question:What locusts of doubts and thoughts in your heart are eating the place of God?

This turns my mind around to reflect on an occasion I had experienced the morning before church. The neighboring plot is dead silent and my brother and I are just minding our business walking up the stairs. We want a short cut to our room, so we use this plot to access it. We meet a man, caretaker of that plot probably, washing some dishes at the floors tap. We pass by him and he seem not to be minding us until we’re like 5m away when he calls us back. He inquires in rather a very frustrating voice where we are going. I’m losing my patience, I can literally feel a fuel of fire burning inside my stomach but I  calm down and respond that we are using the shortcut to access our floor. He gets mad and he demands we go back and use our gate. I really want to be rude to him, he’s making me look bad before my little brother. But just before I utter a word to respond, I remember something I read back in the days about people’s anger having little to do with you and all to do with them. So I allow that reasoning mind to take over and we go downstairs to use the gate.

Minutes later, I’m on the road boarding a matatu to church and asks this conductor how much the fare is. He says 30 Bob but changes his mind when now I’m on board. I try to keep my cool but this time I’m like, maybe this is that time to stand for justice and not tolerance. So I insist but he ignores me. I wait for him to collect fares from other passengers at the back. He passes me without saying a word and goes in front to have his seat by the door. Nowadays buses are not that crowded, so I get off my seat, move slowly right to the door and in a humble tone request him to give me my balance. This time I sense some tension from him. Maybe he thinks I’m about to do something stupid, something I wasn’t planning on doing. So out of that he gives me my balance, the correct balance as initially agreed and I go like indeed it’s on a Sunday. He smiles, I smile back, I walk to my seat, I feel good, it’s a great day.

The two anecdotes are some of the instances I could have and I was almost letting the locust (enemy, devil) take the place of God. Our God being a giver of indescribable gift, gave me power and grace and patience in those two circumstances. And I can’t help but think of how I would be feeling listening to this sermon after making a scene in the matatu or even exchange bitter words with that caretaker.

The service is almost over with our vicar making the last joke about seeing people and not really seeing them because we are all in masks. The congregation bursts in laughter and immediately a recessional hymn, blessed assurance is sang to conclude our one hour second service. Pressure is placed on us to leave but I sense some hesitation from the youth. Come on, we haven’t seen each other for a veery very long time and to be honest most of us  came to church to see how our friends are doing at a personal level. We do quick photo ops and selfies before we resort now to the real talk that was hardly pressed in our hearts all this time. I realize that I’ve missed a lot,not only about my friends but also about their brilliance, creativity and jokes.

We are determined to keep the talks without breaking the law, so we go outside the church, chitchat while walking and I realize just how mature my friends are thinking. Corona seems to have taught us maturity and different unique views and perspective towards life. It’s through these talks that Nick brings a very very positive talk about God. Well, this is something we’ve always talked about, but not in this way before. Last year, at around December, in one of our must attend Bible study sessions, we discussed something about trusting God 100 %  with everything in our lives. Seven months have passed, and here we are talking about how terribly we’ve failed, especially during this pandemic.

We have trusted our government more than we’ve trusted God. I know you’re almost calling that stupid but in all honesty, our government in conjunction with the media are just lying to us,and they’ve always been lying. Like really, how do you open clubs and bars before the church or even demand that vehicles not carry to full capacity while not enforcing the same in other sectors. How do you pay to be tested for covid, how do you pay to be cared for by doctors. Where are we spending the millions of donations in cash given to this government and how is having a certificate a sign that you’re covid free and why must you pay to be placed into the list of recoveries. I’m talking like a fool here, so tolerate me just as you would a fool.

All in all from whichever place you’re reading this from, whether at the comfy of your couch or at a wifi Hotspot. Remember Our sermon’s question: What locusts are eating away the place of God in your heart? Is it anger, rage, greed, selfishness, immorality, pride, hatred or recklessness?

What’s life that’s really life

14th July 2020 is a day worth noting. For many people good stories begin at birth but not this one. This commences with a painful, long night. A man suffering so painfully that he wonders if there’s really a healing God. For a man above reproach like Barack, that’s a wrong question to ask rather, a good question will be what is the lesson in all this?

Barack has spent most of his tenure seeking meaning to life, locking in hours for his dream and putting his virtues to real test. He believes that a man can’t outrageously claim to be virtues before getting his virtues tested. For example, you can’t claim to be faithful, if there’s no woman attracted to you or to be a man of integrity for that matter without never having come face to face with lots of money while living in striking poverty.

If the above examples are to hold some water, then the painful night Barack was going through is another test of virtue on his life. It’s a question of breaking his long held pledge of faith to a living God or maintaining it. As a new dawn would make that clear, Barack proved himself a man and maintained his loyalty. As a matter of fact on the very morning he came up to me and we spoke at length on the true meaning in life. To cut the long story short, the deep truth with clear conscience is that life is all about memories and not time as many may believe. At the height of pain, you deeply understand that the pillar and foundation of life is health and love and not your job or your dream. Though my friend Mwandisha disagrees, he says that had he to die this moment, all he’d be thinking is his wasted dream. He’s right. You want to live to realize that dream and achieving that dream demands wellness on your side.

Whoever aspires to wellness desires a noble task. Good health is all rounded, it can go right at the heart of our politics or in the nerves of our economy. Our moment demands men of good reputation like Barack, this moment demands excellent standing and great assurance of our priorities and virtues of love and brotherly care to ourselves, to others and to our country. We need millions of people nourished with the truth that a pain to one is a pain to all and not just a pain to one.

The moment is calling on all of us to lead without partiality and do nothing out of favoritism. In the occasion of Barack, the easier right was to show favoritism to his manly instinct of pointing fingers to God as his source of pain but in the end he survived the odds of logic and chose the hard right of analyzing his situation without partiality and that led him to a lesson that will never be erased in his history book. We are sorrounded by hypocritical liars all around, from our TV and newspaper headlines, to our social media feeds to now shockingly our churches. We can’t be walking dead, we need to aspire to our high God given potential of unmatched intelligence. We must be citizens, men and women of integrity.

There will be constant friction between our ideals and the worldly ideals. During these trying times, we must remember what really amount to life that is really life. We must be shrewd and attentive to opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge. If it’s not time tested and approved, reject it. If it’s not biblical, reject it. If it’s not lovely, healthy or even noble, reject it. We must be people of unapproachable light, always generous, always willing to share. We must get past the powerful delusion of things as they are to a more lively and ambitious state of being of things as they should be.

Happy 24

I’m not a birthday fanatic despite birthdays being something celebrated by most people all around the world. It falls upon me that this is the first time I remember my birthday in over two decades. A few hours from now I’ll be turning a year older. I’ll be 24 tomorrow. Gosh!, I’m growing old so quick and soo fast. It’s sad really because I’m super happy at how fast I’m closing in on my second quarter of life. The journey has been long and looking back, I’m inspired by so many things while all together regretting others.

My greatest humbling achievement is the fact that I’ve read the Bible cover to cover from the first verse of genesis to the last verse of the last chapter of the book of revelation. Well, I know what you think. Is that really an achievement? You’re right, it’s not big of an achievement but to me it’s a baby step towards setting in motion something way greater and way more valuable. At the start of this journey, I knew and I was very sure that by the end of it, a miracle would happen. And indeed it has happened. First is the fact that my reasoning is crystal clear as day, all glory and thanks to God. Second, is that my brain is rewired with a new perspective and angle towards temporary challenges and sufferings. I’ve managed to continually mention a few of you and this country in my prayers. I’ve come to a conclusion that work produced by faith is what blessed and successful people do. I’ve also realized that labor prompted by love is how we genuinely and deeply show care for others and that endurance inspired by hope is how we make our big dreams achievable.

There’s a lot that has changed in me that’s barely noticeable. I look small and skinny but deep inside I feel a fierce spirit of a tiger. I’ve felt depression, I’ve felt low on many occasions, I’ve let so many people down and traumatizing of them all is that I’ve spoilt some really really good relationships. That’s my darkest horrifying regret. I didn’t see people for what they could be and now I get the privilege and the the opportunity to see that next scene of success unfold right in front of my eyes with water long spilt. I viewed relationships as a win-loss transaction rather than a win-win. The lesson I picked is to never ever see people for what they are now but see them for who they could be, not simply with words but also with power, spirit and deep conviction.

Moreover, I never took my life seriously by doing and engaging in stuff that were nothing more than just stuff, a total waste of one’s life. Moving on, I’d like to become a model of esteemed and respected leadership. I want to walk into people’s severe suffering and assure them that there’s joy given by the holy spirit. I want to play my role here on earth of rescuing as many as possible from the coming wrath. That the whole point of existence is never without results. That in the face of opposition and difficulty, we must remember: what’s our hope, what’s our our joy and what’s our crown? Is it not the people around us? The people are our joy and our glory. A successful bliss on their faces is ours as well.

Moving on, I want to heap up goodness and love to the limit. I’d like to uncover that mask of hatred, malice and anger and replace it with my authentic human and spiritual self characterized by a nursing mother kind of care. I’m so close yet so far from my ambitions here and in the life after. I’m delighted to share with you the indisputable, soothing experience good books gives and the encouraging, comforting and urging words of Jesus and biblical authors. Let’s keep encouraging and building each other. Peace ✌️.

How Billions is lost daily on traffic and what we could do

It’s 15th September 2019, there’s smell of smoke everywhere, the streets are in utter confusion and the atmosphere is filled with hoots from cars and matatus. From a half a mile away, I see two matatu conductors fighting for a customer. Ahead of my car are hundred other cars and I’m starting to loose patience. I’m tempted to hoot too but where will the other matatu go to. It’s been a painful 40 minutes and I’ve barely moved more than 100 metres. I turn my engine off to atleast pass time with chess before my concentration is disrupted by a tap on my window. She’s a mother selling old school African hats. “mum, unauza aje?” I asked (mum, how much is a hat going for?) “Ni Mia tu kijana wangu” (it’s just a 100 Bob) she replied. Out of heartfelt apathy, I open my wallet and hand her a 200 shilling note with a smile on my face telling her to keep change.

“Ting!” That’s my medium app phone notification. Nairobi ranked the 4th most congested city losing 50 million Kenyan shillings daily and close to 18.25 billion annually. My mind is blown away. That’s a hefty amount of cash. What can that amount do? It can expand the existing roads we have or even build a new road from the city entirely. It can pay annual tuition fees for all day scholar secondary school kids. It can completely overhaul the housing situation in our urban slums not to mention the number of poor citizens that money could lift out of poverty. Right now, my line of thought is disrupted by a lame beggar going car to car to car in the hope of having something to put on the table by dusk. I’m tempted to argue for congestion but the 50 million we lose daily could help her too.

Traffic congestion involves so many powerful players that solving it automatically comes with a net political loss. I’m talking about the oil industries, matatu sector, road construction companies and the elephant in the room political donors. The 50 million that is lost goes to the hands of petroleum companies whose owners need no introduction, corrupt police officers, matatu owners and the car dealership companies.

Imagine if we only had KBS and double cabin buses on our roads. That amount of loss could be cut by three fifth (3/5). But who wants to board those buses if there’s a better alternative, manyangas and personal cars that can easily carry us to malls. I get the dire need for luxury but with that amount of money we can make those buses attain those standards too.

Moving on is the issue of routes, profitable and unprofitable. The routes to rich areas generally aren’t profitable that’s why you’ll rarely find a manyanga (pimped matatu). Just stop and think for a second, why? Luxury comes at a cost. Pollution that leads to many cases of terminal illness in these not so rich neighborhoods. Our lungs are getting polluted, many of our kids aren’t going to live to celebrate their 70th birthdays. It works like a drug, slow but steady doze that unlimately self distracts your entire system. Pollution doesn’t affect only our health but the atmosphere too like the unpredictable weather patterns, excessive floods, scorching sun and ice freezing cold.

In the end, this leads to many more poor people with poor health. Unlike the positive optimism peddled by our pundits about a growing, increasing economy, the net result is an increase in profit for the motor vehicle companies (foreign profits) and a shocking fall in people’s living standards. While the oil companies are benefiting and the GDP is increasing, millions are losing one of the most critical life’s essence :health.

The problem is sooo big that 3000 to 13000 Kenyans lose their lives from these vehicles and this year alone 262 have lost their lives. The issue of cars is a hot button issue but needs conversation all the same. The solution lies with all of us. We must force the hands of our politicians to spend that amount we are losing in cuting our traffic time by investing on rails and double cabin buses and getting rid of small vehicles or lowering the number to absolute minimum. It’s doable and it must be done.

Our society’s weakest link and the salient role of our teachers

Getting kids out of school was one of the policy decision errors made by our government. Atleast that’s what a lot of people are saying. Well there’s is no school in the entire world that left pupils in school. With a whole academic year now canceled, parents are more frustrated than they have ever been. Many are starting to realize that schools play bigger roles than just impacting knowledge. Teachers after all deserve some descent pay.

I have a sister and a brother in school, a typical day for them is waking up late and going to bed late. A larger share of the day is spent either binge watching TV shows or playing video games. The attitude is all the way up and playing a teacher role in their life is reasonably not working. With the economy proving steel hard, I’m tempted to tell my siblings that this is how the real world is. Just read the news of parents abandoning kids. It’s not that they are willing, it’s only because their hands are tighed. I know though that their minds are not well built to take in all those.

Here is what has unfolded since schools were indefinitely closed. First, thousands of teenage girls are pregnant. Second, a vast majority of students are engaging in drugs. Third, an overwhelming number has dropped academics all together and are now engaging in bodaboda businesses. Lastly, is the obvious lose of morals in the period they’ve been at home, increase in bad attitude, STDs and so on.

It’s a big problem and should the situation continue then we are going to lose an entire generation. We all thought that those highlighted problems were a thing of the past, but now we realize that they’re way costly than we ever thought before. Teen pregnancy is not only depressing to a teenager but also plays a good role in lowering their self esteem. Furthermore, it causes psychological trauma to parents who had great hopes in their daughters. Acute stage may lead to a parent losing hope all together.

Moving on is the perfect enemy of our society called drug abuse. Well, the effects are as sure as the sunrise. It not only impacts the economy but also the individual persons health and those around them. Heightened aggression, rudeness, being on the wrong side of the law are some but just a few of the short term negative effects.

Schools and teachers without a doubt helped in the larger war of fighting society’s malpractice and vices. Teachers played roles that many parents don’t. I’m beginning to think that strokes should be brought back. A little punishment keeps a kid in line. Those problems are our weakest link and the sooner we patch them, the stronger our society becomes. It’s going to call for all stakeholders in our society to chip in:parents, teachers, local authorities, government officials and even the students themselves. In the faces of struggle, in situations where the odds were massively against us, the only way we’ve always come back is via the untiring spirit of Harambee.

Kids and students are the engine of this country. They are a force for good. They can make big actual difference now and in the future. The harsh reality is that we’ve failed in inspiring, empowering and
grooming them. The fact of the matter is that we need our best strategist to reimagine our education curriculum. Short term, an emphasis on the traditional fabric of our society like respect for the elderly and consideration for our religious /spiritual values. Longterm is something in emotional intelligence, financial education, sex education and uncensored real life talks. No matter how small, no matter how big the baby steps we take in these directions, we will succeed in reawakening the undaring angelic spirit in our kids. Harambee!!