In her book titled “Dear Ijeawele Or A feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions,” - a book addressed to a friend who had just given birth to a baby-girl named Chizalum – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, writes: “Teach Chizalum to read. Teach her to love books. The best way is by casual example. If she sees you reading, she will understand that reading is valuable. If she were not to go to school, and merely just read books, she would arguably become more than a conventionally educated child. Books will help her understand and question the world, help her express herself, and help her in whatever she wants to become – a chef, a scientist, a singer, all benefit from the skills that reading brings. I do not mean schoolbooks. I mean books that have nothing to do with school; autobiographies, and novels and histories…
In his unguarded emotional moment yesterday, an angry Murkomen revealed what he has all along thought about Uhuru. He thinks Uhuru couldn't be anything today, not even a village elder, were it not for William Ruto and his lieutenants.
In just 10 short months, since its video premiered on YouTube, the song has garnered over 177 million views and shows no signs of flattening its popularity curve anytime soon. Not even the Covid-19 pandemic can stop it. Some of the places where the song is ruling the airwaves, as people happily perform the #JerusalemaDanceChallenge, are in the most hallowed settings such as seminaries, monasteries, churches, schools, army barracks, parliaments, and hospitals!
It doesn’t matter what side of the political divide she belongs to. The dehumanizing beating that this lady got in the hands of four policemen, who are ironically supposed to safeguard the rule of law, is simply despicable. Period. Anybody citing the lady’s political affiliation to justify her unwarranted brutalization is a worse misogynist than those four criminals who beat her up.
As much as there might be legitimate concerns of bias in the way the tender was given, all the pertinent issues raised have certainly drowned in the tribal hullabaloo and shenanigans peddled online. Worse still, people with vested interests have hijacked the conversation and cleverly turned it into a Kikuyu vs Luo tribal supremacy contest.