So I saw this recently and felt it reiterated the sentiments made by the late Dr. Myles Munroe on JKL about third world countries. He made a significant point that changed my entire outlook on what I think about being Kenyan. Why do we believe that being from a third world country is a bad thing? He explained that the first world is failing and is now looking to Africa to try and save itself. I started thinking that third world Africa is actually a revised edition of the first world. We are the iphone 6 and they are the iphone 1(had to google the spelling of iphone).
Here are 7 reasons to love Kenya this Jamhuri Day!!!!!!!
1. Kenya gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1963. Yaay us!! We are still free!! I am definitely thankful that we believe in democracy and freedom for almost all.
2. Large animals such as lions, buffalo, leopards, elephants and rhinoceros are present in Kenya, and we get to have them in our backyards 🙂 (figuratively) :-). #instamodel
3. Kenyan environmentalist, the late Professor Wangari Maathai won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. She was the first African woman to do so. Let’s not forget Lupita Nyong’o, Eddy Gathegi and Barack Obama, just some of our human exports to USA.
4. We are such sports fans. Whether it’s soccer, rugby, basketball, Olympics, etc, we are there one way or another, as simple spectators or actual participants.
5. Kenya’s flag has a traditional Maasai shield and white spears in the center to represent our defense of freedom. Other countries can come at us on Twitter, 700 Club or martially and we will still be ready to defend ourselves.
6. Our creativity is out of this world. The trends on Twitter are just too hilarious, especially the times we had beef with Nigeria and South Africa, the jokes were on a whole other level. We are so artistic, it’s sad most of us don’t even know.
7. We are our own biggest critics. To succeed in Kenya, you will endure gruesome trials, but once you do, you can survive anywhere else in the world. That’s another Kenyan trait, we are SURVIVORS (except in the Big Brother House).
I love Kenya. I think we are blessed in more ways than we realize. In 2015, our focus should be on our positives, on what God has already given us. Let’s find ways to utilize our gifts responsibly and maintain peace. Let’s rise above the negative ‘third world’ mentality and accept the fact that we are awesome. We are a chosen people in a blessed land.
Have a Happy Jamhuri Day. God Bless!