Wallpaper Monday [26] – Longonot


Most people know that today, Feb28 is the day we make a stand as Kenyans. A stand of unity, showing that we can actually let go of whatever problems we have with each other and for a while stand together. All you have to do is sing, if you can do more, by all means do more. I can sing, so I shall sing. Let me tell you why.

I shall sing because for that short while, that 5-10 minutes we shall sing the national anthem, to me shall be one of the times we shall be united over one issue as Kenyans regardless of tribe, age, job…I shall sing because, even though I don’t know what the singing shall do to change anything, I do know that for that 10min we shall sing, my mind shall be on Kenya, not on the MP’s driving us crazy or even traffic.

I shall sing because I truly am proud of my country, not because of the magnificent things the government has done for me but because I choose to be proud of my country. I hope that I get photographs of every single part of it and show it because I love my home. If singing my anthem shall reinforce it even further, I shall do it proudly. I know that I shall feel proud to have stood with my brothers and sisters for 1 cause.

I don’t know why you shall sing, or not. Find your reason, you can be told by people but find your reason. This is the stand we profess…

We are extremely proud to be Kenyan!
We are proud of our beautiful country!
We are proud of our diversity cultures and traditions!
We are proud of our heroes!
We are proud of our high achievers!
We are proud of being hustlers!
We are proud of our hoods!
We are proud of our tribes and twengs!
We are proud of our kanges and our mats!
We are proud of our artists and musicians!
We are proud of our industries and farms!
We are proud of our sports teams!

On the 28th of February 2011 at 1pm, wherever you are, at work, in the supermarket, in traffic, in school, on campus, in hospitals, in churches, in mosques, in temples, in synagogues, on sports pitches, in court, on your farm, at police stations, at armed forces barracks, in matatus, in buses, on the beach, in the game parks, at the airport, in parliament, in State House, in your homes ..

On the 28th of February 2011 at 1pm, we stand
On the 28th of February 2011 at 1pm, we unite
On the 28th of February 2011 at 1pm, we shall speak in one voice.

On the 28th of February 2011 at 1pm, let’s sing our beautiful and powerful National Anthem, all three verses.
On the 28th February 2011 the world will watch as Kenyans stand UNITED;
1pm, 1 nation, 1 people, 1 anthem, united in 1 prayer for 1 Kenya
We are Kenya!

If you are one of the people wondering what I am blabbering on about kindly visit the Feb28 website and see for yourself and probably ask them anything you want to know.

THE KENYA NATIONAL ANTHEM

Swahili

Ee Mungu nguvu yetu
Ilete baraka kwetu
Haki iwe ngao na mlinzi
Natukae na undugu
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.

English

O 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 endeavour
And our homeland of Kenya
Heritage of splendour
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 labour
Fill every heart with thanksgiving.

Wallpaper Monday [26] – Longonot

Keeping with my tradition here. We are celebrating our country, our resources today and this is one, the Rift Valley, and on it Mt. Longonot. At the entrance to Hell’s gate national Park, we received such good treatment from one ‘Mutongoi’, it made our hearts melt for real. Their service was super, it made me even prouder to call Kenya home. Enjoy the views.

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