Identity Crisis? Not a role model

I must begin by saying a big THANK YOU to everyone that has provided feedback to me in regards to my Ted Talk. I appreciate it!

I also must acknowledge that I am not perfect and that none of the work I do will ever be perfect in everybody’s eyes even my own. There is beauty in accepting that I am only human and that I do not know everything. This is beautiful because it leaves room for me to grow and learn. Most Kenyans or educated citizens of the world that watched my Ted talk, you must have realised that I stated  that Kenyan gained independence in 1945, this is false!!

I acknowledge and apologise to all for my error. I do not intent to make excuses for the error however I would like to clarify a few things.

  •  I briefly learned about Kenya’s independence in my social studies class during my early primary years. I was aware before the talk that Kenya gained independence on the 12th of December in 1963. I knew the date I just made a mistake during the talk and I will explain why.
  • 1945 is the year that the Second World War ended,  I recently learned from a friend that during that time the British government condemned Germany for starting the war they were committing atrocious acts against the Mau Mau freedom fighters in Kenya.  So yeah! I guess the year lingered in my subconscious  during the talk hence my mistake. However I accept that I erred.

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  •  The formal British education I obtained never taught me about Kenya’s history. I remember sitting in a year 12 history class and having to write a critical and evaluative essay on the pros and cons on colonialism in Africa. That’s the closest I got to learning about African History. Even worse is our own Kenyan system that fails to teach the majority of Kenyans intense information about Afrika and our history. I wish I learned about
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Kwame Nkrumah- First Ghanaian President

Kwame Nkrumah fathered Pan -Africanism

 

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Thomas Sankara- President of Burkina Faso

Thomas Sankara  worked hard to diminish the reliance of African states on foreign aid . Even closer to home I wish I learned about

 

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Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba- Director of Kenya School of Law

PLO Lumumba is an active advocate of  Pan- Africanism , he continues to highlight the importance of reforming Afrika for a better Afrika.

 

Enough ranting I will soon share my PowerPoint presentation from Ted Talk , unfortunately the cameras did not pick them up. I will also share the full responses I received from the candidates I interviewed.
I would like to remind you all that I am not perfect, as Suli Breaks suggests I’m not a role model, only a real model.

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Identity Crisis- Part 1

Hey there, I know, I know its been a minute since I last wrote but I’m back now.

Many of you might know that last September I left the comfort of my fathers home to pursue my higher education in the United Kingdom. Previously, I had not be exposed to such a multicultural atmosphere, my high school was international but only had students from different African Country. However diverse Africa is  we still have so much in common as we share a bond. Therefore you can understand how going to an International University was different for me.

For once I felt it was necessary for me to identify who I was and where I was from. I watched the Chinese who somehow always managed to have access to their food and the Nigerians with their ability to convert their British accents to Nigerian accents when necessary. I was envious of these people as they managed to retain their culture in the western world. I thought of my fellow Kenyans who craved so eagerly to adopt the culture of the west that is with the exception of the Maasai. Whenever anyone asked me about Kenyan culture the only thing I could tell them about was the Maasai and yet Kenya has more than 45 tribes. Crazy huh!

I felt lost, for once I wish I listened to parents and visited the village more often, for once I wished I knew more about my history. I wish I knew more about my country, I wished I knew more about the Kamba tribe , the Samburu tribe and even the Suba tribe. I wished I knew more about Kenya.

My ID states that my name is Kylie Achieng Ochuodho and that I’m from Kagan but yet I was born in Nairobi Hospital and raised in Nai.

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What did it mean to be Kenyan? Can I actually call myself considering the history my ancestors had colonialists. In this series I wish to lead you through my Tedx talk experience. I hope you enjoy it, if you get to bored or are simply in a rush you can watch the talk directly.

Love, Peace , Ubuntu

NyarKagan

My Ted Talk

Good evening lovely people,

I must begin by wishing my baby (she’s not a baby anymore) cousin a Happy Birthday. Happy birthday Kayley, hope your day was special

Finally on 14/04/2015 my Ted talk is live.

The talk was very nerve wrecking and emotional, there were moments as I practiced with Cynta (she also did a talk of her own, that I have shared in a previous post) I thought I wouldn’t be able to go through with it because of the nature of the discussion, but with her motivation I did it. I am so glad I did because it was the most fulfilling thing I have ever done in my life.

I am grateful to Brookhouse School and Rusinga School (my school) for giving me the chance to express my views.

Watch it, share it and most importantly share your views with me. ( I realize I always do that but no one actually shares their views with me, but it’s alright)

My TEDx Experience

Here I am at 3:04 am trying to digest all the positive feedback I am receiving,  recently I gave a Ted x talk and it was such an amazing experience. For all of you out there stand for what you believe in. There were moments people tried to discourage me but passion kept me going. I shall post the video as soon as it is up.

 

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