Daily Dozen: 28/02

Barack Obama for the first time calls on Col Gaddafi to step down [Telegraph]
#KenyaFeb28: Online Call to Nationalism [GlobalVoices]
Learn to Love The Revolution [TIME]
3 Years of National Discord [KDP]
The surreal playboy life of Teodorin Obiang [Very Interesting]
The price of food is at the heart of this wave of revolutions [Independent]
Suddenly, a Rise in Somali Piracy’s Price [NewYorkTimes]
Is your nation poised for revolution? Introducing the Revolting Index [WSJ]
Open Letter to Uganda’s Yoweri Kaguta Tibuhaburwa Museveni [Afrospear]
“si you’re my fans?”: how to be a kenyan ‘artist’ [Mugendi]
Would You Stop Acting Your Age? [H&H]
How To Make Money Online – For Absolute Beginners [LikeChapaa]

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My View on #KenyaFeb28 and The Way Forward

After reading heated discussions illustrating both sides of the #KenyaFeb28 coin, I found myself at an accidental gathering dinner with 6 very brilliant bloggers/thinkers. While rapping about the matter, several things became glaringly evident.

1. We are all on the same side.

Buggz said this. We all want unity. We all want change. We differ on how we want it to happen.

2. Nobody has all the answers.

…but everybody wants them all. Those for Feb28 don’t have concrete outlines for what comes next. Those against it don’t present solid alternatives.

3. We’re all missing the point.

Ken was one of the very few people to point out this fact. While we’re busy defining and defending our positions for and against this and presenting analyses of each angle and perspective of an idea, we forgot to look at what the main thrust of the idea is.

While we can sit around reviewing how initiatives like this may be lost upon the undereducated masses or pointing out that even the savvy amongst us may be at a loss, shouldn’t we instead be trying to find a common ground? Shouldn’t we be strengthening our unified cause rather than trying to outnumber each others’ shortcomings? At this rate, we’ll be so busy deciding what we’re doing or not doing and how to do/not do it that we’ll forget to be Kenyan.

#KenyansOnTwitter and Kenyans online in general must remember is that we represent a very small and privileged minority of a very underprivileged, troubled youth. Yes, we are the minority that can consciously spark the movement that makes a change, but only if we act as one. Only if we all agree that even if we do not sing or honk our horns or do whatever we consider silly or significant, that we shall make February 28th the day that we consciously begin to acknowledge our unity instead of creating new divisions so we can begin to orchestrate a change.

If the question “…and then what?” pesters you, then let’s sit down and decide on that. If we’re looking for alternative ways and different things to do to unite us all, then let’s do that as well. And how, pray tell, isn’t that the same question? Isn’t that just a “What can we as Kenyans do as one?” in two different lights?

It’s not a debate about who’s right or wrong. It’s not an academic matter. It’s not a show we’re putting on for those in power or a measure of patriotism. It can be all those things, but at the root, it’s not. What it is is a call for unity. And to be quite honest, we’re pretty bad at that.

Unity, I mean. We can’t even seem to agree whether it’s necessary and we necessarily want to be a part of it.

So what is the way forward then?

Well, we’ll need to identify what issues we want to address and in what order. Set goals that we can achieve and begin making strides to create an effective platform with which we can address them. Chart out an effective plan that targets numerous vital demographics in a coordinated and sequential manner.

But first, let’s agree that it is necessary and that we are willing to do our part in making a change. Because if we can’t settle on that, we’re probably not going to do very much now or in the future. Let’s agree to support each other and stop fighting each other. I’m all for a completely different type of revolution, but more importantly I’m for people trying to make a change.

And that’s why I’m supporting #KenyaFeb28. Because we need to start somewhere and we need to start now.

Even architects doodled with crayons before designing skyscrapers. I choose to be a part of the movement that’ll grow to chart the blueprints for a revolution that’ll change this country.

That is all.

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? Continue reading