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Gap Year Diaries #2- Kenyan Mardi Gras

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Gap Year Diaries #2- Kenyan Mardi Gras

Can’t wait for this years edition!

MIEL E KOTH

Hello beautiful people!

Mardi Gras has finally come to Kenya! Maybe a little bit late but hey, better late than never right? On the 7th of March, me, my sister & my best friend decided to go along and be part of Nairobi’s first ever Mardi Gras because well, why the hell not?

Fire dancers, dancing men on stilts, outrageous and colourful costumes and of course some amazing music. This event went down way better than I thought it would. With two different stages/dancefloors with two different types of music there was definitely something for everyone. Food stands, multiple bars, body painting stations and merch stands were on display all over the rather large venue. Confetti streamers and whistles being blown on the dancefloor, Cushions strewn across the balcony for anyone who needed a little bit of a break from the hectic vibe downstairs.

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Will We?

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This first appeared on http://blog.storymojafestival.com/

Will We?

The generation of light, the dot COM generation, the baby boomers, 90s kids; all words used to describe this idealistic generation I was fortunate enough to be born in. Comprising of people born during and between in the mid 80s and the late 90s its the generation which I consider the greediest our country has seen so far (a trend that I don’t see changing). Born into a period of what we call awakening we grab whatever problem comes our way and vehemently, collectively fight it. Oppression, famine, authoritarianism, poaching, environmental degradation, poverty, domestic violence, ethnic hate, human trafficking, gay rights; all of these have fallen under our gaze and are being fought with our words and our actions.

We WILL be different!

We WILL make a difference!

We will CHANGE THE WORLD!

Will we?

I go through my Facebook newsfeed and I see a myriad of posts from different people (some of them by yours truly) that advocate for said change and I think “wont there be a time when we eventually just give up. Won’t life finally catch up with us, punch our collective nut sack and say STFU this is what reality is like; your dream of utopia is merely that, just a dream. Go on with your life, get a job, line up at times Tower for hours to pay your government and just generally give up. Forget about elephants and their plight, forget the issues of people in far away parts of the country, forget that your government is constantly in turmoil and forget that lady starving in the street. Gay bashing? Not your problem anymore. YOU NOW HAVE YOUR OWN PROBLEMS.”

This happened to the previous generation didn’t it?  I mean think about it idealistic students who once rioted in the streets calling for change suddenly found themselves holders of degrees, part of the human production line that is now our country. Plans for halting city business the attention of he government became household budgets and tax return forms. But it didn’t happen to them all. Some still are active in trying to get our country to the right place it should be in socially, politically and economically. Other however, read from a different script.

Some activists for political and social change are now on the other side of the fence. Our generation hidden behind our laptop and smart phone screens now protests against a government built by our predecessors and the people they fought to oust. They got arrested and beaten by the establishment, spent years in detention and once they finally got into a position to change things what did they do? They said, “It’s our turn to eat”. Coup plans and .Not too long ago they were throwing stones, chanting slogans like ‘bado mapambano’ as they tried to bring down an elitist establishment but now here they are featured on “Who Owns Kenya” and nearly every rich list that doesn’t end with “under 40.”

Why do we think we’ll be any different? Once we get our degrees our high paying salaries and our responsibilities will we still have the time to join in the never-ending struggle that is democracy? Will we become a cog in the corporate machine? Or will our kids take up the mantle against our former colleagues who will then be holding the reins of power with our current leaders whispering in their ears. Will they look at us and ask

YOU could have been different,

YOU could have made a difference,

YOU could have CHANGED THE WORLD

WHY didn’t you?

Will we look back, shrug our shoulders and say, “Well, we did try.”

I hope not.

TTYL world

Adam Kiboi

Activism and Retirement (Giving up? Quiting?)

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Im sure by now since none of you live under a rock you’ve heard that Boniface Mwangi, has retired.  If you don’t recognize the name I’m sure you remember his image from the multiple times you’ve seen him subjected to a thorough ass butt whopping by our governments so called security forces. Sometimes we even get to see him carted off by the same security forces as he usually chants some slogan or other relating to the protest at that time, all these in effort to get the rather outspoken photographer to STFU. It seems that… it worked. His reasons however  valid have honestly pissed a lot of people off, yours truly included… I just think he should have lied a little bit.
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I’ve always wanted to eventually join Bonnie and the die hard “actions not just words “.people in the streets but I have this allergy to tear gas (got it from cutting an onion as a child, rather inconvenient ) and to beatings (rugby will never be more than a spectator sport for this blogger ). In other words I’m afraid, but people like Bonnie going out their braving brutality always gave me a little bit of hope that one day I might join their ranks and be immortalized by the results of said sacrifice. Unfortunately online I keep seeing that his reason for retirement is that Kenyans are “NOT worth the effort.” Granted I’ve only seen this from his Excellency the captain of sometimes getting a story right Robert Alai so I’m willing to give that quote the benefit of the doubt, for now.

But look at it this way, are we worth it. Should he REALLY bother. Risking your life day in day out protesting moves by leaders who EVIDENTLY should not be in power but who keep getting voted back in by the same people your activism is about saving. Can we really be rescued from our own stupidity? If he died at the mpigs protest wouldn’t we just move on singing  “tralalalala vote for him he’s a Kikuyu we can trust him.” People who refuse to give doctors (I mean bloody hell DOCTORS) their due?  Another squandered sacrifice like those of our forefathers?
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Are Dr King and Malcolm X looking down on Black Americans (your African American if you moved there from Africa with a green card kk?) thinking “nice work with that civil rights thing! Now more bands to make her dance, twerk it twerk it.” I don’t mean to be negative, honestly I don’t, but majority of the melanin efficient community in the states (and the world for that matter) aren’t doing too well with the freedom people died to afford us. I mean if someone buys me a bottle of whiskey worth 1000 USD I’d be excited, save it up for a wedding  or something, if they paid for my freedom in blood and lives I’d do much more than we as a people are doing now.
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Closer to home Garang and the other soldiers who died in the civil war are probably squirming in their graves begging death for one more opportunity to give the people they left behind, to lead South Sudan into a future of independence, promise and prosperity, a proper tongue lashing on how the power struggles of political giants can trample and kill those oblivious.
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Shaka Zulu would probably just cut of Malema’s head and put it outside the ANC “kraal” to ward off any more dumb asses from joining the political movement and embarrassing it further.
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My point is that these leaders sacrificed so much and would probably do it again but it’s watching their life’s work go to waste that probably made Mr Mwangi quit (let’s face it he quit ). These guys if given another chance would probably do it again even though they know it would result in this (albeit investing in Kevlar vests and armour plated vehicles),why because they knew  that come what may their sacrifices did make a difference in our lives and in fact that some people use he advantages of the freedom they fought for to their fullest.
Sure Bonnie has every right to move from fighting the good fight on the streets to a more background (safe?)role but he could have done it in a better way, with a little white lie that wouldn’t discourage the average future placard holding budding activist such as myself and others. “I’m no longer willing to die for my country, I will live for it because my kids need a father.” That’s actually a quote from him… honestly, after someone who’s seen it all says that would you go out into the streets protest and end up dead or ass butt whooped for a bunch of ungrateful sods? Later in life you’ll be in heaven (or hell ).looking back at your life and you realize your sacrifice was so that KHRC can drag out your name every time they want to embarrass the government? I wouldn’t.
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TTYL world

Aside

So ive been struggling with the idea, had a lot of false starts but I finally I think Ive the framework for my book set up. A little sneak preview will be posted next week and im still tryna get a publisher interested but this is the one that im definitely sure will be published. Im not sure what genre I’d put it under but id say its more contemporary with a little bit of fantasy squeezed in. Also readers of the blog familliar with my raves, rants, rampant atheism, occasional bouts of wisdom and snippets of fun aimed at terrorists can expect the same from the book.
My experiences in life will also at times feature and despite the fact that Im young 🙂 Ive seen my fair share of epic isht and from the large group of people ive intervied for stories and experiences im sure itll be a fusion of some of the most poignant stories told by middle aged and young Africans.
I never really asked the older generation for their stories because i feel like we’ve all heard/read different versions of their stories before. Our generation expresses ourselves through blogs and music and i think it’s time the print media had a taste of it…something other than than Tony Mochama (super awesome author and i know im ambitious even to bother comparing myself to him.) My book isnt going to be about inspiring people or changing the mindset of people because no matter how many times Ive seen people try, its near impossible to change the mind of a twenty sumn year old once theyve made it up. If a lad has hated gay people since he was sixteen at 25 the twit will still be a bigot(and an idiot). My book is merely to inform. Anyway i’ll add more on it later so expect it.
TTYL world
oh and if she cheated on him to be with you, chances are she’s cheating on you to be with the next lad #factsoflife

On authoring (real word) n stuff