20.04.2018

Facts about the African country Kenya

 

Kenya is an African country located in East Africa. It boarders to Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia and the Indian ocean.

Its largest city is Nairobi and is the capital.

Kenya gained their independence 12 December 1963 and the following year, Kenya became republic with their first president, Jomo Kenyatta. Today?s president in Kenya is Uhuru Kenyatta.

According to Wikipedia?s World Bank, approximately 48.46 million people populate Kenya (2017).

Geography.

Kenya covers around 581.309 square kilometers. An extraordinary wildlife like elephants, lions, gazelles inhabits the great nature in Kenya.

In those 581.309 km2, you can find a lot of savannahs, dense rainforests and marches. This indicates that Kenya has a very warm and wet climate, which is prefect for those who like tropical weather.

(Picture of the Kaka mega rainforest in Kenya and some herds of African elephants)

Language

Kenya?s official languages is English and Swahili also known as Kiswahili.  Kenya has many indigenous languages like Bantu, kikuyu, kipokomo etc.

According to many of my sources, there is 68 languages in total.

History

According to Kenya-rep.com, SNL and Wikipedia Kenya has never been a free country. From 2000 BC to the 1600?s Kenya has been controlled by Arabs. The Arabs used Kenya?s coastline as trade market to sell many resources to other countries. And from the 1800?s to 1900?s Kenya became a part of the British Empire. In 1920-1963 Kenya was sorted in to small villages. There was a huge difference between the whites and the blacks. The black people seemed to have no fundamental rights and was considered to many white people as a bad race.

 

20.04.2018

Text review of ?Fadhilas secret? a Kenyan folktale

 

In our childhood, we all learned a thing or two about how you should behave and act around others, in other words, we learned about morality. Having a moral implies that the norms, values ​​and attitudes you practice are accepted and have an objective validity and in the Kenyan folktale, Fadhilas secret you learn about the consequences of not acting in a respective way to others. The following is a text review of the Kenyan folktale Fadhilas secret.

 

Fadhilas secret is a fictional story and there is no exact date of when the story was written, since it is an old folktale. The plot of the story has probably been changed through the years, but the moral of the story is still the same.

 

Fadhilas secret is about a girl named Fadhila and her special talent of picking the juiciest and the ripest fruit. Many people were curious about how she could pick the best fruit, but they did not want to ask since they knew everyone has their own special talent except one person, the Spider. The spider was a trickster and wanted to trick Fadhila into showing him where to find the best fruit so that he did not have to give too much effort into finding his own food. The Spider was waiting in the bushes until Fadhila went by. The Spider called for Fadhila and asked if he could accompany her when Fadhila was going to harvest fruit from the forest. Fadhila agreed on having the company of the spider on her next trip, but only if the spider would keep her secrets a secret. The next day the spider and Fadhila went to pick the juiciest peaches from a tree. The spider was a greedy fellow and when the spider saw all the juicy peaches, he quickly pushed Fadhila into the bushes and ate all the peaches. Then Fadhila asked, ?Do you want to see my special bananas?? The spider said yes, and the Fadhila showed him the special bananas. Then again, the spider pushed Fadhila into the bushes and ate every banana he could find. When the spider thought his belly was full, Fadhila asked him if he wanted the sweetest honey, he would have ever tasted. The Spider said yes and followed Fadhila to the honey. Fadhila told the spider that the honey was inside the hole in the tree in front of her, and then the spider jumped inside the hole and ate all the honey. When he was finished, his belly got so big that he could not squeeze through. The spider begged for help, but Fadhila ignored his call for help. What happens next is for you to find out.

 

The reason I have chosen to review this text is that it is easy to connect the story to Kenya. First, it is a Kenyan folktale and is a story that has been told all around in Kenya. Second, it describes the nature of Kenya quite well (A lot of fruit and huge forests). 

 

One thing that rather ruins the way I read the story is, that they have called it a folktale when it is more like a children?s story. This may be a bad argument, but it is hard to explain why it does so. It is easier to understand when you read it. The only way I could explain it is that it is a bit childish, but other than that, the moral of the story is easy to understand and is a great lesson to teach children.

 

In conclusion, we could say that ?Fadhilas secret? is a story that should be passed on. Not only to children, but also to EVERYONE. The reason why is because the message behind the story is something that we all should be aware of. Just because you could have something all for yourself, it is better to share it others. Remember sharing is caring.

 

18.04.2018

This is a portrait of the Lake Turkana festival in Kenya. Lake Turkana has also been given the name ?the jade sea? and is home to many small and big tribes that has inhabited this region in the north of Kenya. The annual festival is usually held around May and is celebrated by many, not only Kenyans, but people from all around the world. According to www.travelstart.co.ke ?The uniqueness about this annual festival is the fact that the festival helps to overcome stereotypes and creates a mutual understanding of different cultures and promotes peaceful coexistence. ?

 

The Turkana cultural festival features unique and colorful performances and demonstrations of ten different ethnic groups and communities that live in the Lake Turkana region. During the festival, you can witness different traditional dances and get a chance to taste various exquisite foods from these communities. Not only are you able to taste the marvelous food, you can visit their unique huts and experience life in Loiyangani in Northern Kenya.

Experiencing the customs and living conditions of the ten different tribes, the different traditional clothing and accessories, cultural arts and crafts, traditional dances and music is an extraordinary opportunity to experience different cultures in one day.

 

In the picture, you can see the Samburu people dance a traditional dance that many people call the Samburu dance. The Samburu are a Nilotic people of north-central Kenya. The Samburu are a sub tribe of the Maasai. The Samburu are also semi. Nomadic pastoralists who mainly herd cattle but also keep sheep, camels and other types of livestock.

 

One thing that attracts the eye in this picture is the clothing of the Samburu people. After some hours of research, I can conclude that there are some similarities in other pictures. The men usually wear a cloth that is often pink, black or green and is wrapped around their waist in a manner similar to a Scottish Kilt. The Samburu men cover them self with necklaces, bracelets and anklets like the Maasai. One thing that many of the men have in common is that a lot of them have a ?warrior? type of braid. The Samburu women usually wears pieces of blue, purple or black cloth wrapped around the waist or around their chest. The Samburu women keep their head shaved and does not wear that much accessories like the men.

 

Something that many people do not know is that a lot of the color they use have a meaning. Some of the colors like black, red, green and white represent the colors of the Kenyan flag. The color black represent the people of Kenya, the red represents the blood of the people, the green represent the nature and the natural wealth of the country and at last, the color white represents the peace.

 

The Maasai people are a Nilotic ethnic group inhabiting big parts of East-Africa. The Maasai are among the best-known ethnical populations due to their residence near game reserves of the African Great Lakes and their distinctive traditional clothing and accessories. This is the reason the Maasai, the Samburu, and other African ethical groups are so alike.

The reason I have chosen this picture is because I love the message behind the festival and I believe that it is something that should be celebrated all around the world.

16.04.2018

 

An Analysis of the Kenyan national anthem

-Ee Mungu Nguvu Yetu// O God, of all creation-

 

The national anthem of Kenya was written by the Kenyan Anthem commission In 1963. The anthem itself is based upon a ?Pokomo? song that the mothers used to sing to their children. It is a vital and important part of Kenya in many ways. The following is an analysis of the Kenyan national anthem and the importance of it.

O God, of all creation (Kenyan National Anthem) 

Oh God of all creation 

Bless this our land and nation 

Justice be our shield and defender 

May we dwell in unity 

Peace and liberty 

Plenty be found within our borders. 

  

Let one and all arise 

With hearts both strong and true 

Service be our earnest endeavor 

And our homeland of Kenya 

Heritage of splendor 

Firm may we stand to defend 

  

Let all with one accord 

In common bond united 

Build this our nation together 

And the glory of Kenya 

The fruit of our labor 

Fill every heart with thanksgiving. 

 
 

Ee Mungu ngvu yetu

Ee Mungu nguvu yetu 
Ilete baraka kwetu

Haki iwe ngao na mlinzi 
Natukae na udugu

Amani na uhuru 
Raha tupate na ustawi.

 

Amkeni ndugu zetu 
Tufanye sote bidii

Nasi tujitoe kwa nguvu 
Nchi yetu ya Kenya

Tunayoipenda 
Tuwe tayari kuilinda

 

Natujenge taifa letu 
Ee, ndio wajibu wetu

Kenya istahili heshima 
Tuungane mikono

Pamoja kazini 
Kila siku tuwe na shukrani

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

One of the reasons we can tell the anthem is an important part of Kenya is that the national anthem is a prayer. It is in the first stanza where it begins with ?Oh God of all creation?. After the first stanza, it continues and asks for blessings of the country. Referring to the stanza ?Bless this our land and nation?. Because of this prayer, this makes Kenya a more blessed country.

The Kenyan national anthem is not only encouraging because of the prayer, it also encourages national unity.
Every Kenyan sings the national anthem usually during many public gatherings, such as festivals, historical events, holidays and during other important events including athletic events. In most schools, the Kenyan national anthem is usually sung on Monday and Friday. This reminds all Kenyans that they are one people thus encouraging national unity. It also encourages national unity by the words it possesses. The anthem tells all of us to build our nation, not just one individual but all of us as a nation thus encouraging national unity in Kenya.

 

One thing that is somewhat hard to interpret is the fact that this national anthem discourages tribalism. The anthem is sung in English or in Swahili. It was originally written in Kiswahili. Because of this anthem, this ensures that none of the tribes in Kenya will feel more superior or inferior to the other Kenyan tribes. By doing so, it discourages tribalism. It also discourages tribalism by uniting all Kenyans as one.

The anthem evokes a deep sense of patriotism among the Kenyan people.
In most schools in Kenya, the children are taught to show their love to their country from a young age, by a young age we mean 9+, and above. This is executed through teaching them the anthem and telling them to sing it very often, as it was mentioned earlier, at least two times a week. Since they sing about how much they love their country, the children would be singing of their love for their country Kenya. This teaches them to love their country Kenya and by the time they grow up, they would be singing of their love for Kenya from their hearts thus the national anthem would have made them patriotic Kenyans.

The national anthem of Kenya has so much importance to this nation.