Only in Kenya

Wednesday, November 05, 2008


A few years back, when asked why they invaded Iraq, a US Govt leader responded 'Because we can'.

Today, the frowns that arrogance creased on our faces were erased by smiles of 'Yes we can'.

Thanks to Obama's victory, Kenyans have for the first time this year been tightly woven together. Watching him gallantly stride on stage, wife and daughters in tow and his victory speech are some of the wafts and wefts that brought us a joy and unity we were deprived off after our elections.

Jakogelo, we're proud of your achievements.

Sadly, not many bulls, goats and kukus will get to see you take office.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


Even as we celebrate Obama’s success story, even as we with fingers closed wait for his inauguration as the 1st half black President of the USA. We need as Kenyans to ask ourselves this fundamental question. What has been our contribution to Obama Success?

His BIOLOGICAL father was a Kenyan, who however abandoned his son and escaped any responsibilities of child support. Infact Obama confesses that he learnt more form his Kenyan ‘father’ absence than from his presence. This is kenya’s EMBARASSMENT NO. 1. So his real father was the parents who took Obama in and saw him through his childhood and teenage years giving him the values that he now holds. That’s the reality Kenyans.

His ‘Cousin’ Raila has all along been a source of discredit to his good reputation. Raila with his VIOLENT NATURE, COMMUNIST ORIENTATIONS, MUSLIM ASSOCIATIONS have all been used against Obama. Infact, Raila in himself has cost Obama some support and Obama campaign team had to work hard to show how distant in thinking and association these two men are. This is Kenya’s EMBARASSMENT 2. It has not gone unnoticed to the Mc Cain campaign team that Raila call for mass protest in Kenya led to over 1500 deaths. This explains why Obama banished Raila from any visits to his campaign or why Obama campaign team has consistently turned down on 4 occassions RAILA’S MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS totaling 40,000 USD.

Obama’s Aunt who also happen to be Kenyan has been an illegal immigrant in US for a while. This was also ANOTHER EMBARRASSMENT from yet another Kenyan.
Infact, we OWE OBAMA AN APOLOGY AS A COUNTRY. With all these bad publicity from Kenya’s heritage, Obama has been understanding enough not to talk ill of us. For that we should be grateful.

Looking on the other side, Obama’s real family in the US has been a SOURCE OF INSPIRATION AND GOOD PUBLICITY. Yet, they have been quite about it as we in Kenya tell the whole world how Kenyan Obama is.


4:14 am  
Blogger mwangee said...

Kenya has not been an embarrassment to Obama. In his DNC 2004 speech, one of the first things he said is he was the most unlikely person to be speaking there,after his father, a servant to the British... tin shack... bla bla bla.

Can we claim him as our own? Yes. This comes from the ingrained condition is us to associate with anyone remotely related to us or bearing our similarities. At weddings and funerals, we have photos of cousins on the mothers side, cousins on the father's side, those who he works(ed) with, etc. Why? We seek association. At the Olympics or World Cups, we'll cheer at any black athlete or team because we're proud of association. You will never find a Brit cheering on a Dane; or an American a Turk because they bear the same skin colour. But if Tergat is out and Haile is running, we'll pick up Ethiopian flags and wave them high.

Twajivunia kuwa Waafika.

And to answer your question 'What is Kenya's gift to Obama?' Life.

9:53 am  

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