Live from Soweto & of Poi’s goodbye
The South African edition (running kitu 8:00pm Kenyan time) allowed the studio audience in Nairobi and Lagos good amount of time to say some things, though – as expected – the show was dominated by the South Africans.
I asked for a fair allocation of wealth and opportunities in the country; a well-structured political system unlike the existing corrupt ones that entrench old guards in power and ensure that youths remain “wingers” and also suggested that – with Nigeria on the West Coast and Kenya on the East Coast – an elaborate socio-economic agenda or blue-print be researched, initiated and proposed for adoption by the AU to advance the youth agenda.
When the programme went international at 9:05pm (Kenyan time), the time was limited but I got to ask the South Africans if they were prepared to relax immigration laws to allow for the movement of manpower, knowledge and goods.
Asked for my assesment of Kenyan-South African relations, I didn’t commit myself, – I said the countries have had their bad and good times, but went back to the youth issue and suggested that capable, educated and driven youths in both countries (but particularly South Africa) needed to now acquire economic and political power in their desire to exert a redeeming influence on their societies and its issues over and above the troubles they have had with the older generation.
The show was interesting….you can listen again by clicking on World Have Your Say: Live from Soweto (bottom right on the BBC website).
Poi’s goodbye and the continuing responses to her posts as well as Mental’s should, in a large way, remind us of the vexing moral and spiritual questions of our day.
Not knowing neither Mental nor Poi personally, my interpretation of the events has largely been on the basis of their posts and on that basis, I have formed some opinions of which those I have been in touch with regarding the same are already aware.
One such opinion that I have publicly expressed is that, in the words of Thomas Paine, “reputation is what men and women think about us; character is what God and the angels know about us.”
Equally important, human praise and acclaim in this life is often empty and fickle at its very best so that having an eternal perspective of this life and its issues is both liberating and helpfully comforting in a fallen and hurting world.
Someday, I believe, all known and unknown history on the Poi-Mental matter – as indeed every other issue in our lives – will definitely culminate before the throne of the Most High Living God.
I pray He keeps those among us who call upon His name in Himself till then.
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