My Position On KenyaFeb28

I’m certainly not the first to delve into the subject of #KenyaFeb28. The lovely 3CB, who’s also a writer on DR, touched on the subject on her blog. Another blogger Kachwanya eulogized the event weeks before its perceived death. Let me also clarify that though I am in support of #KenyaFeb28, I do not speak on behalf of the organizers. I just happen to a be a blogger and tweep (@Nittzsah) who doesn’t mind singing the National Anthem, for the whole world to see and for some politician to get into their thick skull that Kenyans are capable of uniting for a common cause, despite their tribal differences. Should I repeat that statement for the delusional cynics?

Now tweeps and bloggers alike have been dissing this idea calling it a lost cause and its followers a brainwashed lot. It’s all good. Every man, and woman, is entitled to his/ her opinion. But from my observation so far I have come to categorize tweeple into the following categories:-

  • Those that don’t know what KenyaFeb28 is about and would rather diss it instead (the Haters?)
  • Those that don’t know what KenyaFeb28 is about and won’t ask (the Ignorant?)
  • Those that don’t know what KenyaFeb28 is about and have assumed that it is a group of crazed revolutionaries trying to pull an Egypt, (dare I say a Libya?) on this government (the Speculators?)
  • Those that believe that KenyaFeb28 has violence written all over it and would rather bury their heads in the sand and not know what it’s really about (the too Chicken?)
  • Those that know what KenyaFeb28 is about but would rather not get involved anyway based on some excuse that: (a) they’ll be working that day (b) Kenyans have other channels to air their grievances, if that is the objective (c)singing the national anthem will do nothing to change anything (d)they don’t know the actual people behind this idea (e) their pals won’t be going anyway (f) they think the cops will show up with rungus and clobber their nuts to pulp (g) all the above (the Absconders?)
  • Those that know what KenyaFeb28 is about but have forgotten the National Anthem and are not ashamed of themselves (the Unpatriotic?) One of our avid DR readers and a good tweep of mine, @Shiku-K,  was telling me how a fellow tweep asked her whether “knowing the national anthem is a measure of patriotism” To this tweep, I’d like to ask – if knowing the Lord’s Prayer is a sign of Christianity, why isn’t knowing your National Anthem a sign of Patriotism?
  • Those that know what they’ll be doing onFeb28 and are willing to participate by singing the National Anthem, all three stanzas, in either English or Swahili (Patriotic Kenyans.., and I’m one of them)

Let me reiterate what I said in response to Kachwanya’s post: Anyone who hangs around twitter long enough can sense the air of importance with which tweeps carry themselves. And yes, they are justified to swagger on a hundred thousand trillion. They’re among a select 18,000 out of a possible 40million Kenyans who’ve figured out Twitter and how Facebook sucks monkey balls when compared to it. These same folks, in their little numbers have turned the world’s spotlight on Kenya with such trending topics as #KCPE2010 and #Makmende. And for that, most tweeps feel like an indomitable force. But then I ask, when will Kenyans on Twitter ever do something significant on their TLs and blogs, and by extension – their lives? KenyaFeb28 just calls on them to sing the National Anthem, their National Anthem no matter where they are and who they are with. An anthem they sang for eight years in primary school and another four years in high school. Why do some tweeps suddenly find this a difficult task? Is it because they fit into one of the bulleted descriptions above, except, of course, the last?

KenyaFeb28 is not even asking tweeple to display their chest-thumping, smarter-than-the-next-guy-swag, as is displayed on their witty tweets and great blogs. All your being asked is to unite with Kenyans of all backgrounds, sing your anthem and remind your leaders that as one people, we are the force to reckon with, not them. Or are we too comfortable with our well off backgrounds and our middle class living? Do we have to be subjected to the poverty that the “guys in Kibera , Mathare, Kawangware etc” we assume experience, to rise up and make a difference? And is that how we will always think of these ‘slum’ dwellers- as the perfect protesters, who we will send to the front lines against the dreaded GSU while we happily sit at home and tweet away about how one of them just got shot by a “stray” bullet as we have been so faithful to tweet and twit pic on the events in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain and now Libya.

Tweeps keep talking about how Kenya is a tribal nation, how all 40-something tribes of us are as wide apart as the poles and how we will never unite for a common cause. Indeed, we are good at diagnosing the problem  but which one of you tweeps has come up with a solution? Well guess what? The folks behind KenyaFeb28 have; simply by reminding us that we have at least one thing that unites us Kenyans – our National Anthem. And it probably is the only thing that we can hold on to at such desperate times, when the new Constitution threatens to fail us and when the flag we love so much has been insulted by sitting cabinet ministers.

Tweeps, we at least agree on one thing – we want change in every institution. And the first step is to rub off the lines that divide us, more so the tribal lines.

So I hope that you, like me, will heed to the KenyaFeb28 call:-

Amkeni ndugu zetu
Tufanye sote bidii
Nasi tujitoe kwa nguvu
Nchi yetu ya Kenya
Tunayoipenda
Tuwe tayari kuilinda

71 thoughts on “My Position On KenyaFeb28

  1. Saying the Lord’s prayer maketh not a Christian. I’m in none of the above categories because I don’t think leaders are the problem or that WE need to show them anything. We keep voting for them then kicking ourselves for having sucky leaders.

    I find it a bit melodramatic to say we’re singing the national anthem because Kibaki defied the constitution and Sally Kosgei said whatever she did about the flag, yet we protest when a law maker tries to instill some responsibility around alcohol, a societal problem by instilling laws that work elsewhere.

    Maybe someone needs to really tell me what this is about.

  2. I totally understand where the #Feb28th campaign is coming from and would really like it to succeed but the cynic in me, asks what will be achieved in singing the National Anthem… yeah we’ll all feel good and united but after that what next??
    If it lead to more change seeking citizens then well and good but if it is a one off session then it’ll turn out to be just a feel good experiment…
    Basically what am saying is that the #Feb28th campaign should be one that goes beyond anthem singing….

    • To Kipkemoi, and many others who have asked what next, my question is, whom are you expecting to tell you what next?

      See Kenyans are so used to having some politicians make these kind of decisions for them. What to fight for, whom to fight. And right now since there isn’t a charismatic figure telling them what to do they feel that it’s not a worthy cause.

      Why don’t you ask yourself what you need to do for Kenya and just DO IT! Talk to the people who you’ll sing the national anthem with and come up with the next action. Why should someone tell you what you need to do for your country????

      • Isn’t singing on the 28th also an example of doing what someone tells you…
        First of all I think telling people to sing for unity is being arbitrary, what if I do not want to sing? What if I have a better and long term idea?
        The problem is you are assuming that because one refuses to join in the campaign it means he is dependent on a charismatic figure to instruct him/her to do so. I refuse to join the campaign because I do not see anything long term in it, will we be sing every 1 pm for year…
        Give me something concrete, a boycott, a go-slow I am game but singing, nope!

      • @kipkemoi

        Hopefully you’re employed or aware of what employees go through and can answer the following question:

        You know how at team building exercises, they make you do stupid shit like play with tennis balls or jump rope; what does that have to do with, say, procurement? Without looking for deeper meaning, one is inclined to say nothing. It’s a trivial nonsensical task.

        Further, look at your nursery/pre-primary education. Time was/is allocated to play and do sports together. What does that have to do with math and being a better student? Again, nothing.

        But both these things serve a purpose in teaching people to act as a unit. As a team. As a unified coordinated force.

        Kenya Feb 28 is not about being an individual, it’s about being an individual force. All of us acting as one. And if you’re too independent to do that, well then…that kinda defeats the purpose or purporting solidarity. Because you can’t want to work with others if you don’t want to be told what to do. Unless you’re the leader. In which case, show me your initiative and what you want to happen and let’s work on that.

        But just remember that arguing over semantics is yet another way of creating divisions instead of sacrificing for unity. In short, it’s selfish and probably the closest thing to unpatriotic. It’s actually more patriotic to silently say ‘I like what those guys are trying to do but I don’t want to be part of it…and also don’t want to snuff their flame’ and sit silently and create a better initiative than to show up with a bucket of water, rain on a parade and then walk away feeling like you’ve done more than the rest.

      • @iCon true, one thing I am not raining on anyone’s parade, what made me write my first comment was the fact that, I was trying to pass across the point that there are others are not going to join in the singing because of various genuine and valid reasons.
        Also true the argument has gone semantic….

    • You’re free to blog about your position and justify it. I did mine.., and I’m now taking all the heat, which is something I really don’t mind. It’s a democratic country Milo. Stand up and be counted.

      • I’m just saying that the article would have been a lot more balanced if you acknowledged that there could be a group of patriotic Kenyans on Twitter/FB that dont subscribe to Feb28th. It comes across as “Feb28th is right and all others are flawed or have something wrong with them”. Lets not reduce it to a multiple choice question with one right answer. Democracy by its very nature calls for this.

      • Milo, I understand your sentiments. But here’s the thing, unlike mainstream journalism reports, I doubt blog posts have to be objective. This is ‘MY’ opinion as stated on the title. Besides, and I said this at the beginning, Kachwanya did his post on the same, giving his opinion on KenyaFeb28 http://www.kachwanya.com/2011/02/ten-reasons-why-kenyafeb28-failed/ . If you feel that your level of patriotism has been questioned by this post, then I guess I’ve fulfilled my objective. I write to provoke thought, not to provide answers. In so doing, I exercise my democratic right and in no way, curtail the freedom and rights of other human beings. Further, in every truly democratic system, there are proponents (pro-stuff), opponents (anti-stuff aka the opposition) and then there are independents (neutral to stuff). You just need to choose where you fall, and be happy with your decision. I’ve chosen mine, and I’m pleased with it.

      • GREAM, no one’s asking you to think in a group. Your thought process will always be yours even in your sleep. I can’t predict the outcome of KenyaFeb28. I doubt the organizers can too, but I’d advise you to email then and find out. There’s another way to look at it though: The greatest football clubs – ManU, Arsenal, Chelsea etc- are in the business of playing football. Their concern is to go out there and do their best. Now, no matter what Harry Porter juju they invoked, they can never know for certain what will be the outcome of any match they play. But they still play none the less, hoping for a positive result. GREAM, do you have specific hopes or aspirations for KenyaFeb28 you’d like to share with other Kenyans?

      • And where do you classify those who haven’t heard this #feb28 maneno? I just did a survey in my office and out of 20 workmates, none has heard about it. Now am at pains explaining something i dont’ believe in.

        About singing the national anthem, i can do it anytime, especially when having a shower…. my vocals are at their best then 🙂

      • @XS
        Now, how many of your workmates are on twitter? Once you’ve established that number,read through the post again and notice that I address Kenyans on Twitter also described as tweeps, tweeple, twam, twitterati (in Twitter lingo) who’ve at least heard about KenyaFeb28. About singing in the shower, I hope you’ll be having a shower on 28th February at 1pm. Also remember to stand at attention.., as a sign of respect.

      • Well, you are right. so far only 1 is on twitter. However i thought this cause was to unite all Kenyans, not only those who have access to internet (Blogs, Twitter & facebook)…..

        And about me standing at attention while in shower, this has a totally different meaning where i live….. 🙂

  3. i have no problem with #feb28th but am just asking like kipkemoi what happens after singing national anthem,what the point are we driving to our government ,if singing national anthem will change this country or unite us more let us sing it every morning, next time they organize such a thing let them clarify to people what is all about ,that’s my opinion

    • I don’t see what hasn’t been clarified on the KenyaFeb28 website. I believe the organizers were hoping to communicate to literate, schooled Kenyans, going my their mode of communication – the Internet. Why not send them an email with your concerns, have them call you back to clarify the things you believe are shrouded in mystery. I’m sure they’d be eager to assist you, if you’re as passionate to participate.

      • i see u catching the feelings right there for people who won’t join you,can we do something bigger than that,with better directions dont worry i won’t email them
        have good day

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  5. Now I know what its ‘meant’ to be. I say ‘meant’ because we all know everything is prone to interpretation depending on the circumstance and the person interpreting it. The conceivers of the Idea deserve a pat on the back, but then, that is before the D-Day. Believe you me not all people are out to do good, and these are the ones who make me stay out of such ’causes’. we’ll see what will happen come 1st march

  6. I am cynical and resigned by nature. I have actively denied this for the better part of my life.

    Cynics and cowards also have their place in history. Often on the wrong side of it. I questioned the whole point of the Feb28th call to action. Until this point came up for me.

    If you won’t step up to do ONE simple task, when then will you be an agent for change? Trees don’t pop up readymade…they are nurtured and grown from seeds. Singing the national anthem with others..in whatever setting you are in is sowing that seed. Make no mistake, you are doing this for yourself..not for everyone else out there…that is desired but not really necessary. You are singing this anthem for yourself. As a unified prayer for blessing cutting across ALL 40+ tribes. And a collective prayer we all agree is a powerful agent for change.

    So yeah. Count me in.

    • Thanks for standing up Buggz. We will sing with pride, like we do when our athletes do us proud. Or just before the movie starts on big screen or the play at the theater. We will sing until the tears fall from my eyes. We will sing for our country and for it’s people.

  7. So why assume anyone who doesn’t sing the national anthem on feb 28th is unpatriotic? Just because you said so? Who made you a Prof. in patriotism. We love our country and singing the anthem or not does not prove anything. Have the radio stations and TV stations been approached to air the same appeal to the greater masses who don’t spend half their day hunched over keyboards and keypads?
    Coming up with a campaign and dissing anyone who is not interested in taking part is lame. .

    • Mwangy mwangy, chill out, take a deep breath and read the post again.

      1. My reference to the unpatriotic are the folks who have forgotten the National Anthem and are not ashamed of themselves.

      2. I’d love to be a professor of anything really, not just patriotism, but I cannot seem to even kick start my PhD. Someday though.., but for now, I’m only happy to be a Kenyan and to speak my mind. You’re welcome to do so by they way. We will certainly listen.

      3. The fact that KSLs are not advertised on billboards doesn’t mean they are not legit sweets. Radio and TV stations can come cover the event if they want to. KenyaFeb28 are beginning somewhere – with the guys hunched over keyboards and keypads, which to me seems like a cost effective way of advertising their event, no?

      4. Finally, coming up with an event and people diss those that organize it or will take part in it is similarly lame, don’t you think?

      • Don’t get me wrong am not against free speech after all its a free country. But calling those who don’t know their national anthem unpatriotic and those not interested chicken and those who think the idea lame to be haters is abit over the top don’t you think?

        I suppose further argument is irrelevant due to the free speech part above. . . My beef was lording it over others like its an obligation to the country and absconders are betrayers of the republic. Happy singing on the 28th!

  8. I normally don’t enter such discussions but you know what…Let me toss in 2 pennies

    I’m not a fan of anything non-concrete. I’m all for bare-knuckle, hollow tip bullet laden revolution. I want people to get angry and do something that changes and I’ve said so here, here here, here and especially here(before Egypt and Tunisia).

    So the concept of singing the National Anthem should seem blunt to me. But you know what? it doesn’t. When it comes to social unity, we have the maturity level of a zygote. We’re yet to hatch. We’re yet to totally concede to our similarities and stop arguing about our differences. And everyone knows that. We need to take baby steps before we can use our legs to run, let alone kick ass.

    And this is a babystep.

    I’ll be there. And I’ll support every call for unity from now till the day all Kenyans put their tools down, pick their arms up and march to the gates of State House and tell that lazy fuck to step up or step out.

    But you know what, if we can’t sing a tune in marginal unity, I doubt we can orchestrate a unified national revolution.

  9. “But you know what, if we can’t sing a tune in marginal unity, I doubt we can orchestrate a unified national revolution.”
    HEAVILY COSIGNED!!!

  10. I feel inclined to comment, especially in response to that Mwangy fellow …
    “We love our country and singing the anthem or not does not prove anything”
    …how exactly do you prove that you love your country?….saying it and showing it are two different things altogether…
    So many people say that they love this country but few really mean it…I admit there is a time I would not have cared less what happened in this country,call it a misguided sense of individualism, but with age comes maturity, you learn to count your blessings and appreciate the little you have….therefore,..Yes, knowing the national anthem by heart is a small way of showing that you love your country.Is it not somehow equivalent to knowing a loved one’s date of birth?
    To answer your question “Have the radio stations and TV stations been approached to air the same appeal to the greater masses who don’t spend half their day hunched over keyboards and keypads?” … Yes, they have. The awareness is spreading by the day, and fortunately the negative response is outweighed by the positive.
    I will be there. In my own small way, I am getting out of my comfort zone and stepping up.

      • @Jane Doe and BintiM it is very easy to sing the national anthem and the rob some ministry the next instant, what I am saying is that the fact that you know it does not mean you love the country more than I who does not know it.

      • True…but frankly, right now it is the one thing that unites Kenyans, and you taking the extra mile to re-learn it, the fact that you are doing something about it…how can you not interpret that as patriotism?

    • I live close to a chiefs office and every morning and evening the flag is raised and lowered and during the act everyone within Earshot is required to stand still. I do this to date since we were taught to do so in primary school. Lording an overdeveloped sense of patriotism because several neighbours have had revolutions is not revolutionary. Its reactionary. Singing the anthem, shouting about it, printing pamphlets and telling random strangers that am patriotic does not make me so. Actually loving and being loyal to my country does. and this is not quantified by perfomance and by action. I did not say that I will not sing come 28th feb, just dont treat the uninterested like pariahs or stateless people.

    • I live near a chiefs camp and every morning and evening the flag is raised and lowered after sounding of a whistle. During the raising and lowering everyone within earshot is required to stand still until it is completed. To this day I (and many others ) follow the tradition that I was taught in primary school. I have no doubts about my patriotism. Singing the anthem, shouting about it, tweeting about it, telling random strangers that you are patriotic does not make you patriotic much like calling yourself rich fattens your bank account. I have no problem with anyone singing the anthem on the 28th hell I may just join them, my beef is the treatment of those not interested as some sort of pariahs who are ‘ignorant, haters, absconders, too chicken, speculators’ e.t.c

      If the Radio and TV stations have been notified then thats fine at-least we will have equal distribution of the knowledge of the event.

      Whatever happened to a citizen being free to do as they please so long as it does not infringe on anyone else’s rights?

  11. I couldn’t carry a tune with a wheelbarrow let alone my vocal chords, but I will be singing the National Anthem come February 28th.

    Why?

    Because I can.

    If I can detach myself from the politics and the strife and sing an anthem purely because I love this country then it doesn’t matter whether anybody else joins in or notices.
    Arguments over the effectiveness of this campaign are all academic.

    • Thank you Ken.

      Academic arguments are certainly welcome. At least they are better than than emotional arguments.., also displayed here in.

      Chuuuune man!! KenyaFeb28!!

    • I am inspired by this: “If I can detach myself from the politics and the strife and sing an anthem purely because I love this country then it doesn’t matter whether anybody else joins in or notices.” That should be the rallying call.

  12. Think about it. You can’t have an academic argument over whether or not singing a song in unison with others will make you feel a stronger sense of kinship with them.

    It is pointless to try to argue to convince people to join in on the 28th. At this point you either will or won’t. What you can do is publicise the event so those who have not heard of it can make their decision.

    However, an academic argument might convince the skeptics and the cynics to do something (else) in their own way. Public or private.
    Whether or not you’re willing to rail against that tide is entirely another matter.

  13. You do realize that the ‘I wills’ and ‘I will nots’ are not falling out on the issue of singing being the weak or strong item of revolution… I do not know why I am sensing competition… who comes off as the most ridiculous one…. There is a very heavy element of this on both sides. So yet again, as Kenyans we all drift from the ultimate goal of a cause and fix in our narcissistic personalities…

    Count me in….and I am not participating because I wanna be a part of the ‘wills’.. I have my own reasons… Reasons that only I myself can understand. I have often said, I do not vote, because I have never seen someone worth my vote…people often find this quite a stupid decision to have arrived at…but hey, I have my reasons…

  14. I totally agree, it’s like Kenyans are being asked to quit their jobs and run amok in the streets declaring war on the government. We are being asked to take a minute, pause and remember why we are here… how that makes someone’s middle class self decide it’s a lost cause is beyond me.

    More of my thoughts: http://bit.ly/f90G3I

  15. I support this initiative because i know there can’t be change without unity and what better way to achieve that than by using the national anthem which is non tribal..

    Thank you Nittzah for writing this because it has brought forth something that wasn’t apparent to me before. Some people have no problem taking part in KenyaFeb28 but they are wondering what the end game is, in that what else will be organized after Feb28. What will it lead to? I don’t know if you are able to answer that but i thought that i should point it out.

    • Thanks Wamathai. Good job on your blog by the way.

      Now, I totally get where tweeps are coming from but like I’ve said, I am NOT among the organizers of KenyaFeb28. I am just a simple Kenyan that will be singing the National Anthem that day. If tweeple could direct their sentiments to the organizers on http://28feb.co.ke/ I’m sure they’ll find the answers they seek. That’s all I did anyway. Ok guys? Just check out the website. They even have the National Anthem there *sigh*

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  17. The national anthem is one heck of a composition, with utterances of prayer, prosperity, justice and peace. It is the closest we can come to achieving these in this country at the moment. Keep singing it, and your clamor for the same will become a lifetime goal.

    Now do the same beside Kenyans of the widest diversity, and you will become the torch that the many of us living in patriotic darkness so badly need, a real hope for today and especially tomorrow. C’mon Kenyans, come and sing!

  18. *Hiding behind my Laptop to spew nignorance*

    #Thingsthedevilinvented – Twitter. Why?

    First of all I’m not a cynic. Im just a human being. The sheer name calling on twitter/Online just coz you can’t comprehend someone else’s thoughts (Im not mad at that cuz it simply tells me the kind of person you are) is disgusting and more ignorant than me not singing a f*cking national anthem and it also confirms my doubts. The fact that I have a negative opinion about this stuff or National Anthem singing Day or whatever y’all online activists call it, doesn’t really mean sh*t to anyone. It’s sad that some of you want to exercise your democratic rights but won’t stand people with different views from theirs (Typical Christianity Bullsh*t) which makes me view DEMOCRACY as beast that was sold to Africans to facilitate divide and rule type of leadership (We was friends but now thanx to Online Activism n this National Singing Day bullsh*t, we are now enemies). What some of ya’ll forget is that even in Egypt, Libya or wherever not everyone co-signed what was happening, but did them not co-signing change anything? did they stop Mubarak from leaving power? are they or not patriots? should they be jailed or killed for not supporting the revolt against the government? So when I say I don’t give a fizzurk about this foolery (It’s just me) and the best reply I get from a knowledgeable person who wants to change the country through singing the National Anthem is an insult, do y’all really think I’ma going to change my mind about this stuff ? If you are passionate about a cause, you have no obligation trying to explain it to someone who is not interested. If you depending on the numbers to push your cause through, then you have to be knowledgeable enough to manipulate people (im not saying you do it to me, cuz im off this brainwashed mentality). Insulting people just coz you think they haven’t logged on to a certain website and read something about singing a f*cking national anthem to me makes your cause more and more lame and nonsensical. Everyone that don’t sing their ideas on the internet are not as dummies as some what National Anthem Singing day has made some of ya’ll think (Maybe they are, huh?)

    Before I forget, The National Anthem Singing Day Organizer tweeted about the “World Watching us do something”. Hahahaha that was some ignorant sh*t right there (Monkey See, Monkey Do Mentality)

    For those that will be singing, Please no Auto-tune, it’s a contraband in the country n be safe. I’ll be at home chilling, watching Alqaeda take over Libya.

    ‘Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds!’ – Bob Marley.

  19. @wamathai I’m also questioning the long term goal of Feb 28. I have nothing against the idea and would love to watch it on TV… or on the net.

    The rest of you guys need to chill out though… this and that debate about the national anthem and what not.. don’t you all feel proud (and patriotic) when the national flag is raised and the Kenyan anthem struck when an athlete has just received his gold medal?

    Anyway, let’s wait and see. Hope the Feb 28 will be a success.

  20. You simply cannot learn calculus if you can’t do simple arithmetic, and as a call to unifying Kenyans, the national Anthem is as good a starting point to finding a common denominator as any, heck its the best right now.

    This Kenyan shall be singing.
    Oh and I just added Kenya to my phone’s dictionary 🙂

  21. When I saw this post, I was delighted that the person writing it was “FOR” the Kenya28Feb initiative. I was hoping to find the answers to the question that I have had from the onset of this plan, which if I could say so myself was among the very first people to hear about it.

    My delight was quickly washed down when I got to the category section. Everyone that appears to not support this initiative was described in a negative way. Like you rightly put it, you are entitled to your opinion. My feeling is that, as we approach the not so far away Feb 28 that someone who believes the cause that is Kenya28Feb should *LISTEN* to what *EVERYONE* is asking and answer this one very simple question. What next? (No high sounding nonsense please, tell it to us like two year olds, drop the philosophies) May be that way, we shall achieve the goal of being united as Kenyans even before Kenya28Feb.

  22. I am ussualy saddened by the notion that if you dont jump into a groupthought idea you are easily dismissed as a hater therefore labelled in several stereotypical catergories, what is the purpose of an engaging arguement then? questioning is not dissing. You are putting forward an impression that If am not with you then am against you.

    I have asked “what next?” after singing the anthem and all I get is that “It is up to me” really? if you want to make an impact by having such a successfull mobilization of people you have to plan the course of the actions afterwards.

  23. The Tunisians sang their anthem as they protested. The Egyptian national anthem sounded from Tahrir Square… Coincidental? I think not…

    If Feb28 will at least serve to remind us of what self determination and independence means in its most basic form, all those in favour should embrace it…Not a bad test run to see how well we can organise…

    If anybody else feels we are ready for self-emoulment and a seige around Parliament buildings, set it up…

    Sometimes the fear that you could be struck on your face has a greater effect than the actual strike which could feel more playful than painful…

  24. Hi.Will there be a forum for discussion of what ELSE we can do or is that entirely up to those who show up? Is there going to be a follow up to this event? Is this simply an motivational thing? I like the idea, and I get the ‘the change starts with you’ thing but we can’t all lead…so loads of people will be asking ‘what’s next’.

  25. There’s two things I really hate to see: a) someone trying to get me to do something without telling me what their agenda is, and b) someone trying to get me to do something with no agenda, ati just like that. And this 28thFeb thing is either one or the other.
    From reading your post, basically what you’re saying, in that annoyingly long-winded way of yours, is that we should sing our anthem on 28th Feb to demonstrate to our thick leaders that we are capable of uniting as one people, the people of Kenya, right? To show that we are not a tribal people? (Which we ARE, as we’ve ALREADY demonstrated in the past).
    Very well. Out of all the problems ailing this country, how many of them have arisen out of the politicians’ lack of awareness of our ability to unite? What billions wouldn’t have been looted if the politicians had known better regarding our ability to speak in one voice? What roads, hospitals, schools would have been built if politicians weren’t ignorant about this remarkable ability of unity that Kenyans possess? What CDF funds returned to treasury unused might have been used otherwise?
    There has to be a cause and effect thing going on here, and it must be easily visible, before you can convince me that singing the national anthem in unison with everyone else amounts to “doing something for our beautiful” nation.
    Before you can fix a problem, such as tribalism, you have got to acknowledge that we do have the problem in the first place. You cannot go into rehab if you don’t concede you’re an addict. Singing the anthem on some random date sounds to me like an attempt at addressing an issue without really facing it head on. An example of facing it head on, for me, would be taking on your dad next time you’re at home watching TV and he pipes up about how stupid Luos are and blah blah blah.

  26. While I was initially skeptical that Kenya28Feb would bring Kenyans together and form the basis of any serious political emancipation, I think in its current shape and form the idea has the potential to shape into that kind of vehicle sooner or later.

    Let’s face it Tweeps, it starts with unity. Now, this is where many will ask, “what starts?” or “what next?”. Frankly, that answer is for you to determine as, even when a company has gone through a team-building session, there are no rules set to govern change of behavior once the employees are back to their stations. It is however hoped (which I suppose is what the organizers of Kenya28Feb hope too) that each of the employees will practice the lessons learnt, keep the renewed spirit and function better as a unit of the larger team.

    Throughout history, great feats have been achieved through unity. A famed Bible story tells of a tall tower that was erected by men aiming to reach the heavens. So determined were they that God quipped “these men can conquer anything if they remain united” (not paraphrasing). Behind this amazing unity was a simple idea “to reach the heavens”! I suppose, even then, skeptics could and did still ask, ”then what after we reach the heavens?” . I know that even then, as it is now, there might not have been an elaborate plan. Maybe the builders would all have run amok, each man grabbing as much gold and silver as he could carry and then descending as fast as possible back to earth. And that is exactly what we are asked to do. After 1p.m get back to your usual activities, but keep the lesson learnt : UNITED WE STAND. What the organizers of Kenya28Feb have done is point to us a tower, a symbol of unity; the national anthem! And thus far, they have done well. How we perceive this idea or the lessons we learn, truly, is all up to each one of us.

  27. What hilarious is the fact that guys are asking kenyans to wake up on #Feb28 and sing the national anthem.Seriously?To prove to our leaders that we can be united.The fact is we are the same people who elected the same morans to government,we are the same people who cry foul when leaders don’t perform,we are the same people who criticize the same government which we elected when it fails to perform its cardinal duties.How about you guys stop crying about how unpatriotic others are when they won’t sing the national anthem on the 28th and use the #Feb28th platform to feed the starving kenyans who are dying every single day that passes bcoz our supposed govt has failed to accept that famine is a real issue in Kenya.You want to do something for this ‘beautiful’ country of ours then do that.How bout using that platform to put the spotlight on poor infrastructure,poor and expensive health services,high cost of living,corrupt judicial & govt institutions,expensive education etc.How bout using that platform to do something for your own families.How bout using that day to reflect on family,goals you want to achieve and have achieved coz singing the national anthem on that day won’t compel the govt to place a hot plate on your table at the end of the day.If you want to do something good for this country,then start by doing something good for yourself and your loved ones.

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