(CP-Africa) – Kuweni Serious is a Kenyan organization that seeks to engage Kenyan youths in serious conversations about nation building. To effectively do so, they are launching a series of comics about Kenyan politics and issues of national concern as well as interviews with Kenyan activists and change makers.
According to them:
Kenya’s youth have largely been characterized as hedonistic generation of brand-obsessed youth, moving from party to party in the night and congregating on Facebook during the day – using TV, music and brands as our badges, our ID.
We’re detached from the affairs of the country, they say – picking our addictions (which one will it be? Drugs, sex, TV, alcohol or God?) while the country burns. Perhaps it is true – what would you expect from a generation who are continuously referred to as “tomorrow’s leaders” in a country where people like one Mr. Kibaki have been in government for as long as Kenya has had a government?
It is perhaps only when our country was set on fire that we began to see how deeply politics affects us. A few months later, we were paying hitherto-unheard-of prices for fuel, there was water rationing, and power rationing, and then food started to run out. Only then did many more of us realize that we can’t hide forever in the company of the Lil’ Wayne’s and Prison Breaks of this world. Perhaps it is only when our comfort zones were threatened that we realized that our leaders, our “Honorables” are self-obsessed, thieving, murderous idiots. Honorables, indeed.
Their singular message is “if this country burns, we burn with it.”
Here is a transcribed version of the message conveyed in a recently released video by the organization:
There is a difference between the one who rents a house, and the one who owns a house.
The one who rents a house doesn’t care if the walls crack and crumble, they can always move to another house.
The one who owns a house knows that no one else will take care of it, thus they paint the walls and mend the cracks.
More than 60% of Kenya’s population consists of young men and women like us.
The problem is that we behave like tenants of Kenya.
We have let the older generation tear this country apart. We have let them use us to fight their battles. We have let them loot this country.
We have let them fool us into thinking that we’re not fit to run this country ourselves.
So we hide in our alcohol, in our religions and on the Internet as if there is some other Kenya out there that we shall move to when this one crumbles.
We sit at home and wait for others to fight for us on the streets.
We want green cards instead of voter’s cards.
We are angry, but we are too scared to do anything about it.
It is not Obama’s job to save this country. It is not the donors’ job, and the government has shown that it is not their job, either.
Responsibility is not shared, it is earned.
Freedom is not given, it is taken. When we decide we want freedom, we will have to get it ourselves.
Because if this country burns, we burn with it.
We feel this message is applicable to many other countries on the continent. Watch the video (it is very inspiring!), share, tweet and spread the inspiration. Thank you!x
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