Kenya: the two sides of a coin

I am Kenyan.


I can’t really insert the word ‘proud’ in the line since i am not sure if i am. Kenya is a country to be envied: our great wildlife, exquisite art, epic nature, luxurious hotels and cool breeze at the coast, diverse cultures, multi-talented personalities name them…


However, whatever we’re facing right now is certainly more than a crisis:

Motions in parliament have changed from important issues to trivial, make up prices have hiked! How now? I am now required to thoroughly wash my face, apply some little oil (which is also expensive) and walk to town. We’re all coerced to go natural 😦 There’s a rampant increase in unemployment amongst the youths. Brilliant minds who earned themselves an honorary degree having had sleepless nights in a bid to make their future bright are now tarmaking in towns looking for jobs.With that said, i am literrally afraid of getting done with school. The cost of living in towns is very high and getting to win millions from a jackpot is narrowed down to ‘little money’ by the current economic state.

Some Kenyans in the Northen part, are dying of hunger. They trek to church (which is miles away) on Sunday with the hope and aim that they will get somethng to eat and unfortunately, the only thing the Priest can provide is spiritual food. What irks most is that we have leaders somewhere busy squandering our money. Yes, we the taxpayers.

I live in a country where scandals take place and all we do is bring up huge discussions on them in the media then do away with the issue later when the follow up fades away.

To be honest, none of what i said affects me at this moment; but it will in the future. Yes, i agree that right now i am teenager who depends wholly on her parents…but what about our future generations? What will we tell them ? That you only survive in Kenya if your bank account is overflowing …or if you’ve got connections?

The only thing i can innocently grumble about is the frequent power outages from our supplies. I thought this was the 21st century; it should all be peaches and cream.Climate change is still a major problem. We still have slums mushrooming all over the country; where innocent human beings live in deplorable conditions.


So, with all these being the bane of our lives, the President’s son are out with their mates spending 1.16 million Kenyan shillings approximately, US $11,600 on drinks. I understand that it’s a free World and no one should tell you how to spend someone’s else money; but can you imagine if only an eighth or even 1/32th of the money could be spent in a children’s home.

Don’t call me a bitter teenager, i’m only being concerned with the kind of life my future kids & grandkids will live.


Dear Mars,

I don’t think i can stand being with your elder brother Earth. I want a place i can genuinely call home & be super proud of. I’ll literally pay you to abduct me! Let me know when i can move in. I am really looking forward to hear from you.



The good thing about this is that we can change all the negatives. How? Good question. By electing leaders with positive and realistic manifestos.



6 thoughts on “Kenya: the two sides of a coin

  1. This article is my second favourite after #imperfectlyperfect. U have put it as it is …
    Our country is sick a d dying.. and only we… espscially the youths can cure it. Good job Natasha

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  2. This is a strong piece. I live in America, but it’s always interesting to read from different perspectives. $11,600 on drinks is a ridiculous amount, especially in a country with conditions for everyone else the way you’ve described.

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