This month, my home church, Mamlaka Hill Chapel
is tackling a series titled "THE TEN MOST PRESSING ISSUES FACING KENYANS" and for the past 2 Sundays,
the topic has been tribalism.
You can download & listen in to the great sermons on the Mamlaka Hill Chapel website: www.mamlakahillchapel.org
or use the following links:
The ten most pressing issues facing Kenyans - TRIBALISM Part 1 by Pastor Edward Ondachi: www.mamlakahillchapel.org/downloads/3/45
THE JOURNEY OF A TRIBALIST - TRIBALISM Part 2 by Elder Noel Owuor: www.mamlakahillchapel.org/downloads/3/46
One thing that stood out for me is how much we ALL have tribal tendencies. It's easier to say that you are not that to admit that you are a tribalist. If you listen to Pastor Ondachi's sermon, you'll get the different tests to find out if you are tribal. The tests are:
- TV Test - What do you feel when a politician of a tribe other than yours comes to TV?
- Prayer Test - Can and Do you pray for someone outside your tribe?
- Betrayal Test - If a leader of your community joins forces with another of a different community, do you feel betrayed?
- Pre-Decision Test - Have you already decided who you'll vote for based on them being of your community?
- Apathy Test - If disaster stikes another tribe, do you get moved or it's ok with you becuase they are not "your people"?
I highly recommend you take the tests.
These sermons really sparked something in my mind. A question sprouted in my mind.
What do we mean when we say "I'm proudly Kenyan"?
Before you answer, consider this:
You can never claim to be proud of something you do not know. In that case, do you really know your country Kenya?
Sure, we know the facts, dare I say, wikipedia facts, about Kenya: gained independence in 1963, Kenya "Runs the world" literally speaking and not just "this town" like some of the present day "philosophers" claim i.e. when you talk of athletics, it's just not right to finish that sentence without mentioning Kenya and so on so on. We have the facts.
But do we really know Kenya?
I remember how many Kenyans were up in arms, figuratively speaking when the great fashion designer, Louis Vutton, showcased a line inspired by the Maasai. You can check out the pictures here: Louis Vutton inspired by Maasai http://vanitybutterfly.blogspot.com/2012/02/louis-vutton-inspired-by-maasai.html . I guess in his mind he must have been thinking, "these guys are busy copying the Western world so I doubt they will even mind!" But maybe he was wrong, and some were a bit angry. If Louis Vutton were to quench this fire, apart from copyright law and other legal stuff, he could just ask "How many of you even know a word in Maasai?"
Do we really know Kenya?
We always parrot how there are 42 tribes in Kenya but a good number can hardly name 20 or even 10 of those 42 tribes! First of all, are there only 42 tribes? And for those that can name these tribes, how many can at the very least say "Hello" in these languages? I can say "Hello" in at least 10 Kenyan languages. But don't be fooled, I'm no where close to being better than the next man. What of the other 32 plus tribes? All one has to do is learn 42 words... yes JUST 42 WORDS! One word for a greeting in one of the other tribes other than yours!
How can we then claim to be proud of something we don't know? Proudly Kenyan, really??
Let's learn about each other, learn each other's language, just saying hello, Call it project 42 - learn 42 words, a greeting word in a language other than that of your tribe.
The next time you want to say "I'm proudly Kenyan", first ask yourself, "What I'm I proud of really?"
Written by Alffie
571 day(s) ago by kifalme