Kenya, The Land Of My Birth

Categories Lifestyle, Meditation, Nature

Kenya, my captivating land,
with over forty two tribes and subtribes;
each of which is unique,
but are all united in one common bond,
working together in harmony
and interacting in all spheres of life
to provide services at the work place,
be it catering, health, entertainment,
housing, tourism, hospitality,
transportation, or education.

Kenya, my irresistible land,
where the Swahili; in all majesty,
gave away their language
to not only be made
Kenya’s national language,
but also to be an official language
of many countries
in East Africa and beyond.

Kenya, my spectacular land,
where tourists come to bathe in the warm,
wild and free atmosphere,
where communities which have
proudly conserved their original culture,
traditions, beliefs and history,
still remain
regardless of the strong influence
of the outside world and modern culture.

Kenya, my ravishing land,
whose staple cookery and delicacies
are mouth-watering and enjoyable
to the taste-buds; cuisines such as
the ‘wali’, and the ‘mursik’,
served with a nicely prepared
‘nyama choma-ugali-sukuma wiki’ dish.

Kenya, my smashing land,
which has produced men and women
who, with hearts both strong and true,
use their prowess, skills and muscles
to win national and international
accolades and medals in games such as
athletics, hockey, netball, cricket, rugby, and football.

Kenya, my tantalizing land,
with amazing traditional dances;
including the ohangla, the mwomboko,
the isikuti, the chakacha, the kilumi,
the adumu, and the sengenya.

Kenya, my breath-taking land,
which relishes its preserved
and magnificent heritage
of astounding traditional musical instruments; including the nyatiti,
the burkandit, the mukanda,
and the mshondo.

Kenya, my charming land,
whose inhabitants toil day and night
to feed the Nation;
including agriculturalists
who grow crops and rear livestock;
the nomadic and semi-nomadic
who utilize scarce water, pasture
or grazing resources,
to produce over 75% of livestock meat;
and those who go out fishing at night
into the oceans, lakes and the seas
when the rest of the country is asleep.

Kenya, my alluring land,
whose residents have
exceptional embroidery,
carving, pottery and basketry skills;
and whose unique wooden, soapstone
or metal sculptures and
weaved sisal baskets
are sold in curio shops
and art galleries in Kenya
and in major cities across the world.

This mix is what makes living in Kenya
truly amazing; in addition to
its pretty citizenry, its awesome wildlife,
the hills, the plains,
the rivers and the valleys.

In totality, Kenyans beautifully bring out
the diverse ethnic, cultural
and traditional experiences
that make Kenya great
and a heritage of splendor.

Dear Kenya, the land of my birth;
I promise to never leave
your magnificent shores.
I will always cherish the colours
of our National flag:
black, which symbolizes the people of Kenya;
red, which symbolizes the blood
that was shed during the fight for freedom;
green, which symbolizes Kenya’s rich
agricultural land and natural resources; and
white, which symbolizes peace.

I am an epic introvert, who quickly becomes an open book when I pen what’s in my significantly fertile mind; fertile as a result of bombardment by realities that are continuously captured by my inquisitive eyes, ears which are constantly rubbing the ground, through constant reading, and through dreaming too.

Writing provides an opportunity to ‘say’ what my unapologetic quiet mouth will not say; which not only soothes me, but also bequeaths to me a relief, a release, and a hope that the written words will change the world, even if only one person at a time.

And so should you seek, that’s where to find me; deeply tucked inside the blankets of reading, seeing, listening, dreaming, and then writing.

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