From its inception, I noted Kenya28Feb transform from a discourse gone awry about ethnic backgrounds (which was pronounced dead in the water by my buddy Kachwanya) to what it is now. A simple call-to-action to stand together for our country. Here are my reasons to sing:
If you’ve can tell the time and you can sing/speak/sign you’re in. You can participate alongside your fellow Kenyans and sing the national anthem.
It’s A Start
Journey of a thousand miles starting with a single step and all other Confucius sayings considered, the problem of the initial discussion was there wasn’t any unity of purpose, at present all Kenyans know we grew up with the anthem and we know it give or take a few stanzas.
It Will Succeed
Succeed at what? Succeed for Who? Let’s face it, when was the last time Kenyans agreed on anything, let alone to sing the national anthem at the same time. By no means are we a disenfranchised people, but its been rare to hear of a moment when we’ve got the opportunity to make a statement to ourselves that the frayed edges of the flag still mean something to us.
I could differ, argue and philosophise the protagonists and antagonists arguments (and I welcome your view in the comments) but that’s exactly what’s held us back from(among other things, progress).
So I’ve spoken to the people volunteering behind Kenya28Feb the past couple of weeks and we’ve seen as its got a fair bit of press around it so its success is that it may just be the beginning of a statement Kenyans make. That notwithstanding, whoever takes responsibility for it and claims whatever honours and/or affiliates a political agenda behind it remains to be seen.
I saw a tweet by somebody past couple of days (can’t recall who, clue me in the comments if you know) and I’ll paraphrase.
Doesn’t matter if Kenya28Feb trends on our timelines, it’s more important it trends in our hearts.
I’ll be singing today, will you?
I’ll sing. For my country. I love my country and its national anthem, and besides, it’s the least I could do.