After Kenya28Feb, what?

On the 28th of February 2011 at 1pm many Kenyans united to sing all three verses of our beautiful and powerful National Anthem.

1pm, 1 nation, 1 people, 1 anthem, united in 1 prayer for 1 Kenya

We had no agenda other than to sing the national anthem and to unite with other Kenyans to do so. We wanted to show that there is more that unites us than divides us as Kenyans. We wanted to celebrate our Kenya and celebrate each other.
We wanted Kenyans to take a few minutes to appreciate the message that was passed on by the anthem; to understand the pledge that they were making to Kenya by singing the anthem.

Justice be our shield and defender…

Nchi yetu ya Kenya tunayoipenda tuwe tayari kuilinda…

Natujenge taifa letu…ndio wajibu wetu

let all with one accord, in common bond united

Kila siku tuwe na shukrani..

Every bit of our national anthem speaks to a situation in our country. If you are Kenyan and claim this as your national anthem, then surely you can use this anthem as your call to action.

Based in Nairobi, I cannot claim to know exactly what problems the people in Mandera or Lamu or Budalangi are facing and how to solve them. Following Kenya28Feb, I cannot claim to have a way forward for them. The people in Mandera, Lamu and Budalangi have voices and the capacity to outline their own problems and outline solutions for those problems. I can only encourage and support them as they stand and do something to make their situation better.

Imagine a Kenya where people all over the country took a stand and decided what issues they needed tackled in their communities and how to tackle them. Imagine a Kenya where a leader rose from amidst the issues facing his or her community, who is not running for political office, but whose agenda is to help his or her fellow Kenyans address their problems and deal with them conclusively.

We can no longer sit and wait for our government to intervene. They have proven that they have a different agenda. Kenya belongs to us. Let us do something to help ourselves. Just like no problem is too small, no solution is too small. You may not be able to begin a trash collection company or a ‘keep your city clean’ campaign yourself, but you can definitely pick up that piece of paper thrown on the ground by someone who does not respect the environment they live in. If two more people join you and then ten more then fifty more, soon you’re all looking for a more sustainable solution to cleaning up you neighbourhood.

Build this our nation together..

So what next for Kenya28Feb? It is up to you. Who are you waiting for to solve your problems? Kenyans have begun initiative to assist IDPs, to promote civic education, to promote reconciliation, to get accounts for their CDF… What are you doing?

Amkeni ndugu zetu
Tufanye sote bidii