Thursday, September 22, 2011

Guest Blogger: Kenya will do Africa a favour by voting in Kingwa Kamencu by Mankind Oyewumi

Kingwa Kamencu
"She walks in beauty like the night Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that's best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellow'd to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies." George Gordon Byron.

"And he gave it for his opinion,that whoever could make two ears of corn or two blades of
grass to grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before, would deserve better
of mankind,and do more essential service to his country than the whole race of politicians." Jonathan Swift.

The recent announcement by a 27 year old Oxford University student, Kingwa Kamencu to stand as the President of the republic of Kenya in next year’s election has attracted my attention.

As a Nigerian Samaformistic I am not only interested with events in my country but also globally, with a bias to the beautiful continent Africa. As a scholar these events attract my intrepid comments when they go wrong, challenge my brave interventions before they are made wrong.

It’s with this reason that i draw the collective attention of Kenyans to do Africa a favor by shunning sex, age, tribal, religious and ideological biases to elect this young, intelligent, ebullient, clue-filled,plan-fraught, passion-driven lady as their president in the 2012 elections in Kenya.

Let's consider her profile which has made her accomplish a lot:

"I am a poet, novelist, philosopher, on and off journalist and perpetual student. I love ideas and the magic of words and I try to use them as a thread to sew and re-piece humanity back together. Words create images which then create reality."

Her dream for Africa speaks for itself:

"I am a young emerging African leader and a part of the movement that is working to make Africa great and ensure all its people have dignity and good standards of living. I am looking forward to a united Africa in my life time, an Africa that can make more grand contributions to the world. I feel the dream of Marcus Garvey, Kwame Nkrumah and Julius Nyerere among others. I believe this dream will come true"

This profile is courtesy of WorldPulse, a global,online communication network connecting and empowering women for all-round relevance as enviable force for sustainable change in modern societies.

To add Kingwa Kamencu is a published writer whose first novel, To Grasp at a Star, won 2nd prize in the 2006 Wahome Mutahi Literary Award and the National Book Development Council Award (2003). She is a published writer and poet working on her second novel.Currently she is a journalist, a budding scholar and a social and political critic.

At her age with the passion for emergence of Africa as a world power and the complete emancipation of women from political, social and economic setbacks makes her as a young ideal leader to push the continent in this century. This passion to make the continent a better place may see her shape the continent's politics the way Margret Thatcher shaped Britain and world's politics.

Prior to study in Oxford University she got a first class honors from University of Nairobi win in Literature and History which shows her leadership qualifications.

But she is a Kenyan, known more by Kenyans than by anyone else as a daughter and friend, student and above all, citizen. My view is that being untainted she deserves a chance to serve as president which will put the youths in a spotlight. The country should see what she did in a short period not to judge her as passing cloud.

Her leadership at students SONU, different levels of her development participation coupled with her global membership in groups to server humanity she needs support logistical, financially, morally and spiritually to be the leader of new Kenya.

The old guard has not tackled corruption, poor infrastructure, illiteracy-rate, poor healthcare and mortality rate often being recycled among the same elites at the elm since independence, can Kenya embrace rest and change by voting her?

Winds of change that brought Barrack Obama to White House,started the Arab revolution and torments the 'apartheid' of Israel over Gaza may spill to sub-Sahara Africa by youthful president in the offing. Kingwa is a symbol to reckon with.

That is why in this post i wish to challenge Kenyans to vote for Kingwa Kamencu next year and do Africa a favor the way an unemployed youth in Tunis set himself ablaze with a snowballing effect of Arab revolution. 

(The Guest Blogger, Mankind Olawale Oyewumi, is a Nigerian philosopher, teacher (of language and literature), journalist and former student of University of Lagos. He is the author of Songs of the Law (poetry), Immortal Instructions, A gift to Nigeria at Fifty (Ed) He is the father of SAMAFORMISM and the founder of Humanity Day.)

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