Monday, July 30, 2012

Go Kenya Go!

Kenyans rocked the streets with over 400 dancers to show their support for Team Kenya at the London 2012 Olympics.

Not really a flashmob, but still...

 GO KENYA GO! And come home with all the gold!



The Song "Coming Home" by Nameless is becoming Kenya's unofficial national anthem. Here are the lyrics.

Intro
Narudi nyumbani, been around the world seen alot of things,
alot of things, au sio

Kenya at the Opening Ceremony of London 2012
Verse 1
I'm writing this letter
to my daughter
I wanted to tell her (I'm coming, coming home)

I'm writing this letter
to my daughter
I wanted to tell her (I'm coming, coming home)

but now I'm on a mission
to represent my nation
but now I'm on a mission
to get that victory
so switch on the TV
and hope that you see me
getting that victory
that will make you proud of me
I went out on the station
to represent my nation
I went out on the station
to get that victory
so switch on the TV
and hope that you see me
getting that victory
that will make you proud of me

Chorus
I'm coming home
home where I belong (whoo o o)
I'm coming home
home where I belong (whoo o o)

Narudi nyumbani, nyumbani
nyumbani, nyumbani
Narudi nyumbani, nyumbani
nyumbani, nyumbani

Verse 2
I have seen many things,
been many places
been round the world I have seen many faces
I've fought many fights
through the days, through the nights
through the journey
I realise
there's nothing better than la familia
there's nothing sweeter or more superior
than to know where you are from
and represent your home
so when you hear this song
I'm coming home

Chorus
I'm coming home
home where I belong (whoo o o)
I'm coming home
home where I belong (whoo o o)

Narudi nyumbani, nyumbani
nyumbani, nyumbani
Narudi nyumbani, nyumbani
nyumbani, nyumbani

Verse 3
check me out
up in the horizon
coming home, I am coming home
check me out
up in the horizon
coming home, I am coming home

narudi nyumbani, nyumbani
nyumbani, nyumbani
narudi nyumbani, nyumbani
nyumbani, nyumbani...

narudi nyumbani, nyumbani
nyumbani, nyumbani
narudi nyumbani, nyumbani
nyumbani, nyumbani...
(oh o o o ohh, mmh mmh hh)

Miss Nobody

Patricia Kihoro
"Miss Nobody" is a new Scenarios from Africa film crafted by Hot Sun of Kibera, Nairobi and starring Kenyan singing sensation Patricia Kihoro.

The story: Mr. Wallace has grown rich "by eating AIDS money like a famished crocodile". He thinks that he's untouchable and that a group of young people who are trying to shine a spotlight on his corrupt ways are nothing but "a bunch of nobodies". Wallace is about to learn that, in today's social-media world, the Nobodies have power, too.

Based on original ideas by Patrick Bongole, age 21, Uganda; Miss Mounifa Bodi, age 19, Togo; and Miss Samkelisiwe Simelane, age 23, Swaziland.

Scenarios from Africa brings together the creative genius of young people, the expertise of a uniquely multidisciplinary team and the magic of cinema to inspire open dialog and action on HIV/AIDS and related social issues. Celebrating its 15th birthday this year, Scenarios from Africa is a positive-minded, partnership-based process. Scenarios from Africa empowers young people to play a central role in efforts to stop the spread of HIV and to improve the lives of those most directly affected by the epidemic.
 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Kenyan schoolgirls in miniskirts

Miniskirts are very easy to move around in
Kenyan Education Minister Mutula Kilonzo last week indicated that school girls would be allowed to wear mini-skirts. He was arguing schoolgirls are not nuns.

This came after an incident where Rwathia Girls’ Secondary School went on strike demanding shorter skirts.

The Minister said that the reaction was a manifestation that the education sector was still being governed by outdated rules and regulations: “I am in total agreement with them (students). Why do you dress a schoolgirl like a nun? These girls do not want to be nuns; they want to be modern like Mutula!” said Kilonzo. Kilonzo said that his Ministry was in the process of changing the Education Act that has been in force since 1968.

Bishops and Muslim leaders have now accused the Minister of promoting immorality, and are urging parents and teachers to ignore the call to allow miniskirts in schools.

I am with Kilonzo on this one. The production of miniskirts requires less fabric than the production of boring lengthy skirts, hence school uniforms will become cheaper. This brings down the cost of education and will enable more girls to go to school. Educate a girl, and you educate a nation.
And yes, there are some added benefits: miniskirts are convenient, fun, cute and very easy to move around in.

Meanwhile, schoolgirls in Rwanda have been banned from treating their hair with chemicals. The City of Kigali and State Minister Mathias Harebamungu have said that the practice must be abolished. I don't support this move. I would like to propose a ban on wigs and weaves instead. I hate wigs and weaves: they are often ugly, old and smelly. Enough said.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Danielle Alakija - or why I support Fiji at the 2012 Olympics

Danielle Alakija (image copyright of Tuni Barlow)
With the London Olympics just around the corner, I was checking out our Kenyan runners to get an idea of which Kenyan athletes will triumph at London 2012. Well, I concluded Vivian Cheruiyot has the cutest smile.

And while checking out our Kenyan athletes, I stumbled upon an athlete representing Fiji. Her name is Danielle Alakija. At an age of only 16, Danielle has qualified to compete in the 2012 Olympics running the Women’s 400 and the 200 meters.

Danielle Alakija is a citizen of three countries: England, Nigeria and Fiji. She was born in London. Her mother is from Nigeria. Her father’s family has roots in Brazil and England, while her grandmother on her dad’s side of the family is Welsh. Alakija moved to Fiji at six months old, and spent most of her life on the island nation. She moved to California at age 11.


Danielle Alakija (image copyright of Tuni Barlow)
Alakija is really excited about running in the Olympics just miles from her birthplace: It’s going to be amazing,” Alakija said recently.


Coach Maurice Greene told her to just go to the Olympics and have fun: 
Just enjoy the whole Olympic movement. Don’t have high expectations, just enjoy the whole Olympic movement.” 
He also said he has enjoyed working with Alakija:
She’s a wonderful young lady. She overcame a lot this year. She withstood all of it. Danni is a phenomenal athlete. She’s always in good spirits, and she works hard. She really took on a position of being a leader. This year, she took other girls under her wing and tried to help everyone get better.”
Teammates are also impressed with Alakija:
Danni is one of the hardest working athletes you’ll ever find.” 
 She pushes us all."
 At first, she comes off as intimidating. Once you get to know her, she’s hilarious. She’s really sweet.
And Alakija says:
I’ve been given a gift. It’s important to make use of it. This is my passion.

You can follow Danielle Alakija on Twitter for interesting updates such as this one:
It looks like Yodric is Danielle's favorite plushy, keeping her company at the Olympics.

And Danielle seems to really care about her hair too:

Well, she should be worried about her hair indeed. Danielle really looks good the way she is and I hope the London rains won't spoil her hair.

Back to our Kenyan athletes. They can smile, yes. Yes they can. But are our Kenyan athletes even on Twitter? They should get their act together and profile themselves for the Olympics! Fiji has already set the stage.