Live from Soweto & of Poi’s goodbye

May 23, 2006 at 12:42 am 4 comments

The session on the Beeb a few hours ago went well, albeit hurried.
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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Yours truly on the good old Beeb My new home

4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. dangerously_shy  |  May 23, 2006 at 1:52 am

    I come with a moral rather than a christian take on this poi/mental issue, character and conduct are distinguishable but inseparable so until we find out how both individuals conducted themselves up to when the accusations started flying then what we are merely doing is engaging in emotivism ie saying whether an act is right or wrong, person is good or bad, innocent, guilty etc etc, Poi will be missed and i hope she comes back soon

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  • 2. kenyan idiot  |  May 23, 2006 at 12:36 pm

    Karibu, tis good having you back!

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  • 3. bizkenya  |  May 23, 2006 at 12:51 pm

    didn't get to listen to you, but from what I have led, you did a good job.Next time contact us on time
    Well done

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  • 4. ak  |  May 23, 2006 at 5:08 pm

    you had good points on that program, I only wish they had given you more time to make your comments. Having lived down South, some of those issues hit close.

    the South is a contradiction of sorts. there is significant exposure and understanding of race-based issues & politics but at the same time, many fail to make the obvious parallel to xenophobia, which to me is just a younger sibling of racism.

    Also quite similar to gender struggles. Many Africans were united in one way or the other during the fight for freedom from the white west yet many refuse to promote fairness between men and women.

    Us Africans need to learn to love and appreciate one another! Interaction and movement, the freeing up of African borders will help a great deal, or so I think and hope!

    Poi vs Mental, Best wishes Poi, wherever you are!

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