Kenyans4Kenya:Why we do not support our own.

Gerald Langiri
July 25 / 2011

First and foremost, let us please close our eyes and say a word of prayer for the Kenyans who have perished due to the worst hit famine that has hit our country for over a decade. Close your eyes further and possibly staple them together and pray some more for our government who have claimed (and allow me to quote) -No death has occurred from the famine- and who also had foreseen drought spells coming yet did not take the right measures to safe guard against what we are witnessing right now. Yes, proactive-ness is indeed a quality most of us lack.

Open your eyes now (I know you did not close them) and smile if you are among the thousands of Kenyans who have contributed the millions of Kenya shillings towards the Kenyans for Kenya campaign by making contributions to KCB A/c 11 33 33 33 38 and Mpesa account number 111 111. You all are heroes and that is how united we, as Kenyans should always be when it comes to our fellow Kenyans.

However, that is rather the exception than the rule for most Kenyans. We at times do not support each other in initiatives that require thousands of support from our fellow Kenyans. What am I talking about? The Arts industry!

Look at you. Now look at me. We possess the ultimate power to make our country make international news and not only when we have massive deaths from post election violence or when we are hit by drought and famine. Look at your TV sets. Now look at your DVD collection. Hollywood, Nollywood and even Bollywood productions are what we mostly support. Look again at Tusker Project Fame. Now look at Big Brother Africa. Two shows that simply require you to vote for your fellow Kenyan contestants in order for them to take the coveted prices that made them join the shows in the 1st place.

So why dont we ever vote for them? Why dont we support the actor or musician that you live with next door? I am sure you have many reasons to this and please put in your comments below. However, the number one reason I can think of before any other is HUMILITY. Humility is not the number of times you put on a fake smile and say thank you or sorry. It however has everything to do with what image you portray, what your body language is saying before you even open your mouth to speak and last but not least, how you act around other people regardless of what status quo they have. Being humble will go a long way to determine whether people will like you and what you are doing or what you ask of them, in this context votes or favor.

To give examples of what I mean, let us take a look at the ongoing show Tusker All Stars on Citizen TV. Every week you are asked to vote for your favorite musician and Alpha from Rwanda has always emerged the winner over his Kenyan counterparts Amileena, Patricia and Ngangalito. Now here is the shocker, Rwanda has a population of approximately 11 million and Kenya has a population of approximately 40 million as at January 2011. To make any of our contestants win, all we need is 12million Kenyans voting that is assuming all the good people of Rwandese are voting for Alpha.

Now, take a close look at Alpha and compare his singing talent to our own namewithheld female contestant. Honestly, there is nothing to compare, I think the vocal chords from that sister are right at the top with the best of female artists around, yet during the Tusker project fame season, she did not make it to the top 3. Alpha is winning and will probably be the winner again during this show not really because he can sing but because he has the support of his fellow country men and women. Alpha, soft spoken, walks onto the stage, does his thing and leaves (humility). Namewitheld on the other hand, walks on stage; does her thing with an accent and attitude that lets people know, yeah, am here and you are not. When voting day comes, we all vote for Alpha, the humble cool guy with a little bit of good vocals and not for Namewitheld the girl with the great vocals but with a personality that will not make you want to vote for her. It is either that or like many Kenyans, we do not like seeing others succeed and we are just plain old haters.

Then again, Ian Mbugua, Nonini, Daniel -Churchill- Ndambuki just to mention but a few are public figures that have made it and made it big in the Arts industry. I have met the three personally and am sure they will not remember who I am by now but these three can get my vote any time anywhere simply because when we met, the experience left me thinking wow, despite all the fame you are just another human being. The humility they posses and personality they hold will forever make me support their causes. Unlike, the upcoming artists and actors who appear on TV for a while and tomorrow you will pass them by the streets wearing Sun glasses on a cold sunless day. I actually asked for an autograph from an actor I accidentally met on the street and maybe he thought I was a beggar when I said -excuse me, I love your show, can I get an autograph?- Needless to say, I will not tell you the response I got or how I stopped watching that show from there henceforth due to that.

HUMILITY; It could be the only reason why actors do not get parts in shows or when they get them, they do not keep them as producers are tired of their attitude. Established actors or not, we will not make it in the industry without the support of our fellow Kenyans. Show some humility like Churchill does when he walks around town waving at everybody, smiling and saying hallo to everyone he passes lol.ok maybe that is a little bit extreme but you get my point. Fellow Kenyans, we are not going to grow if we do not support each other. I get why you will support the starving Kenyans.Its lives you are saving. The real feeling inside? Sadness. The feeling the starving Kenyans are potraying? Humilty. They need your help but so does our local music and acting industry.

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