“We know we don’t live in a perfect world let alone a perfect country, but does it mean that we should accept the imperfections in society?” that is how Victoria Rubadiri opened her show on NTV yesterday.
“‘This is Kenya’ is the phrase we hear so many times to validate the ills of our society but does that mean we become desensitized and even cynical to some of the things happening? Join the conversation as we answer the question: ‘Are Kenyans angry?’ ” she continued.
- a strong feeling of annoyance, being upset or annoyed because of something wrong or bad
Are Kenyans Angry?
I believe Kenyans are an angry a lot. They just don’t have the guts to vent their anger the right away and therefore, they suffer in silence. Kenyans get poor services from – political leaders, the guy selling Bamba 50, matatu crews, wayward church pastors – the list is endless. Yet, not many Kenyans give 25 cents worth of a care. In short, we have become what Wanjiru Nderu called the ‘at least it isn’t me society‘.
This reminds me of the numerous conversations appearing on GOtv’s Facebook page. Even right now, if you check you will see thousands of angry Kenyans venting their anger to which a guy called Kev answers… “My boy Tony will be educating us on how to clear errors and reconnect accounts. Makofi ya kilo tafadhali!”
The responses on GOtv typifies how anger can be deflated by a minority of individuals who have advice alternative solutions that are way beyond the reach of the majority. For instance, GOtv will air a match featuring Guinea vs Mali while Harambee Stars, playing at Nyayo Stadium is given a total blackout! The few guys who will protest will be advised by other Kenyans to go watch the game in a pub or subscribe to a faster internet so they can stream and watch the game online.
Song and Dance
I am reminded of the movie Tears of the Sun starring Bruce Willis as Lt. A.K. Waters. Lt. A.K. Waters‘ main task is to rescue an American missionary doctor after rebels have gone on a killing spree, killing everyone they come across, yet, a priest and two nuns at the mission decide to stay behind. As they leave, the priest calls out, “Go with God.”
“God already left Africa!” Lt. A.K. Waters‘ responds.
In the aftermath of the 2013 general elections, after Kenyans credited the results to being the will of God two groups of people responded and reacted differently. One sung and danced in celebration while the other sung and danced in mourning. Right now; one group is singing and dancing that at least it is not them feeling the pangs of an economy that has gone bonkers while the other group sings and dances to lamentation songs. I totally concur with Boniface Mwangi, Nerima Wako and Wanjiru Nderu that we need more angry Kenyans.
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” –Edmund Burke.