Donâ€™t let the odds diminish what it means to be Kenyan
SEE ALSO :Kalonzo roots for bigwigs in HouseI often compare how things have changed since then, and how they have remained the same. First, our socio-political landscape has evolved; the height of this evolution was depicted by the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition Leader Raila Odinga on March 9 last year, a symbol of the commitment that our leaders have made to put an end to the vicious cycle of divisive elections that have plagued us as a nation; second, we have had a fourfold increase in population, and a large bulk of this population is the youth; further to this, our country is now among leading innovation hubs in the world, and fourth in Africa. However, this is not to say that we are not facing challenges. Corruption continues to threaten our socio-economic development, discouraging many Kenyans who believe that hard work pays from following their dreams. The cycle of divisive election and ethnic antagonism has often threatened to the enriching relationships we have with each other. These challenges, among many others, have dominated the Kenyan psyche, subsequently clouding us from who we are, and our optimism has slowly morphed into pessimism or indifference. I dare say that even though our challenges seem imminent and serious, we cannot allow ourselves to be defined by their presence or perceived magnitude. In essence, if we remember who we are, then we will know that we are not our problems, and that what binds us as Kenyans is our shared values of resilience in difficult times, the spirit of hard work, our hope and aspirations for a better future for the coming generations, and that this bond is stronger than our challenges. As I have often said on this column, our demographic landscape has transformed, and a huge bulk of our population comprises of young people like myself. Young Kenyans still believe in a better future, regardless of the challenges we are facing now. We believe that we have the ability to make the future better than the present. This belief manifests itself in the way we pull each other up during trying times; remain united in the face of attacks against our nationhood, and in the sense of pride with which we cheer our sportsmen and women.
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