Taking Our Country Back

For a long time now, our country has been run by those who have endlessly given monetary donations and other related items to our citizens, such as food and medicine. Our economy has been heavily indebted to these countries rather than progress forward. The politics of the day has not helped much as these “borrowed debts” have just ended up in the pockets of a few with many suffering.

The rate of unemployment has greatly increased over the years and the pandemic of COVID-19 has not made things any better. The per capita incomes have greatly been affected with many resorting to travel upcountry just to survive. Our Gross Domestic Product has been as if only a few people work in our country with a majority having nothing but time. Time to waste. Time to sit. Time to just wait, wait for the end to come.

As Luther Jr. puts it, so will we echo the same:

“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor ; it must be demanded by the oppressed”.

Alfred Yambo-from Martin Luther King Jr.

Let us not subscribe to financial neo-colonialism from our “donors”. It is not us the citizens that have placed our country in debt, rather the politics of the day. It has corrupted all the cash and kept choice goods for the players. There is good news, the good news that we can do something about it. We can work hard and improve our individual incomes, in the process, we shall improve societal incomes and in the end, we shall improve our GDP. Our country will in a couple of years take itself back. We the people, shall take back our country.

We can do it. Let us do it. Let us begin now.

Just a Day of many to Celebrate Women

A woman should not be celebrated only on one day. Likewise, women should not wait for Father’s Day, to celebrate men. Do it now. In any case, today the world marks Women’s International Day, March 8th. We here too honor the place of a woman in family, business, government and society.

We take this opportunity to call on an exponential growth in your appreciation in all matters that affect the world that we live in. Your role as a wife, a girlfriend, a working woman, an inspiration for political change and an instrument to better the future. We do hope that more of you will have the confidence to further your talents in business and political engagement. You can, even though they still say it is a man’s world.

“Women beget women and men alike. We all come from women”.

Alfred Yambo

Through your hard work, you can build yourself and make society better for those who look up to you, the girls. This means that you must watch your ways and shun the ill behaviours that lead you to rush after quick money. These include being a busy body and offering sexual favors for jobs. Today, reflect on your own ability to make a big change on society through your small efforts to make money and grow yourself as a person. Only from that attitude can you be the best woman.

In as much as you still are not well represented worldwide, we are ready to work with you, support you and see to it that you get more recognition. Gender mainstreaming remains a challenge of modern day society and through your help, we can achieve it. How can you help? By coming out of your shell and doing business, working hard, getting these seats, being a woman of substance. All in all, we love you and appreciate your presence.

Happy International Women’s Day.

Promoting Hope On Social Media

Everybody has a moment. A moment when they face a challenge and they resort to the social media for help. They watch a YouTube video or read an article, better yet, read a blog post such as you are doing now. They look for support for their justified right and critic for the wrongs of others. Nothing wrong with that.

We all use social media in one way or the other and for many various purposes. Mostly, it is just for fun, dating and business. However, today we encourage you to take advantage of the social media to spread hope worldwide and make the world a less depressed place. Everybody needs to be there for each other and your short message of five words in a sentence may be the difference in another’s life.

“A good thing in life is to be happy. The best thing in life is to make others happy”.

Alfred Yambo

Finally, the COVID-19 vaccine has been in circulation across various parts of the world. It has been well received by many in as much as there are a good number that still doubt it. There is a sense of restored hope among many in regards to the vaccine. That is a good sign, but more needs to be done.

Therefore, you can take a moment today to write a short word of encouragement to the many who read from your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn or even a blog such as this one, to inspire someone locally and internationally. This will go a great way in giving people hope as we all look forward to a successful recovery from the COVID-19 in respect of the circulating vaccine.

Share, read, post and repost, read from others and paste on your wall today. Make the world a better place one social media site after the other. Do not be quiet with your good and hopeful message. Someone is waiting for your encouragement. Give it to them today.

Inspiring Better Policies to Improve Society

There are many regimes that come and go, yet the world is still filled with problems. Many citizens globally have been waiting, waiting for that day when things will be better, whether they come from the developed or the developing countries. They hope that their leaders will improve the state of their lives so that they can have more promising futures.

However, things are not always as black and white as they expect. They get disillusioned into the belief that world leaders can achieve the manifestos’ promises that they always give to get votes. Therefore, it falls unto us the citizens of the globe to inspire positive policies that will give us the kind of lives that we wish to live. We can always lobby, research, present and call for implementation of these suggested policies.

Politics is not meant just for politicians but also for the citizens on who it impacts. This means that the citizens have the power to affect the politics of the day. Many are usually too scared or just don’t care about how their country is run. The world is ours, all of us, it should not be in the control of a few, the so-called 1%. We need to take back what is ours. Not through breaking the law, not through violence, but through inspiring policies that will make our lives even better.

“Doing nothing to change a situation is just as bad as doing something bad to make it worse”.

Alfred Yambo

We all have a duty to make the world a better place for all and everything in it. This includes: women, children, school-goers and even plants and animals. Through our inspiration, there will be less poaching, less selling of exotic items from animals, less corruption and less unemployment.

Let us take the stand now!

One day at a time.

Safeguarding Water and Food Reserves

The weather pattern in the country has been abnormal. There have been lots of rains experienced in January and February, months that are normally dry. This has seen some places flooding with people losing their houses, properties and for others their lives. Others have lost their sources of livelihoods including farming lands and cattle. However, there have been some blessings in disguise.

Since the COVID-19 has still been an ongoing issue, it has been important to preserve water and food in preparation for a future that is not yet certain. This has been an obligation for all households, the NGOs, the environmentalists and the government at large. Amidst some tragedies caused by the rains, there also have been some open advantages to take notice of.

Therefore, you are advised to save as much water as possible to maintain a constant supply of free flowing water during this time of the COVID-19. In this respect also, the conservation of food has been boosted as most farms do well in the conductive environment created by the rains and sun alike.

“For everything happens to prosper the prepared even amidst disaster”.

Alfred Yambo

Being vigilant of conserving water and food will make sure that the uncertainty of COVID-19 is countered as we all hope that the ongoing vaccinations will bear a positive fruit. We must always do our best to help ourselves where we can so that we do not lose opportunities when they present themselves.

We Can Minimize Refugee Instances and Illegal Immigration

There are only a few reasons why one may want to leave their country for another:

  • Bad and injurious politics.
  • A lack of jobs.
  • A loathe for one’s own country
  • Poor healthcare and education.
  • Misinformation

If at all governments, NGOs, citizens and everybody at large can notice the above 5 reasons, then, we as a society can minimize instances of the creation of refugees and illegal immigrations.

Most of the time, it is the global south that heads north in search for greener pastures. These so called “greener pastures” are employment, pleasurable lifestyles and education. So, now that we have realized what makes people not love their countries, we can work towards improving these and giving immigrants a reason to love their countries.

Refugees are not always leaving their countries for the same reasons that immigrants do. They could have shifted due to:

  • Bad politics that gets lethal.
  • Civil wars.
  • A lack of resolution to regional conflict.

Therefore, in this, governments have duties to ensure that they are the fore bearers of peace, unity and communication that promises prosperity. They are not alone in this bit should be aided by the NGOs, schools, churches and all of us citizens of the world.

“You owe me peace. I owe you the continuation of that peace”.

Alfred Yambo.

We are all responsible for the creation of refugees and illegal immigrants through our failures to create jobs, foster peace, champion better governments and offer opportunities for people to have better lifestyles. We must therefore allow each other to grow, encourage each other to live and most of all, encourage each other to be happier in their environments.

We can put an end to the refugee status and illegal immigration if we choose to do what we can to make society a better place for all.

Protecting Children from Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is one of the most disturbing issues in today’s society. It cuts across developed and developing countries owing to several factors. Among these include:

  • An inflated ego.
  • A lack of self-esteem (deflated ego).
  • Poor upbringing.
  • Male chauvinism.
  • Aggressive femininity.
  • Archaic cultural beliefs.
  • Poor educational backgrounds.
  • Alcohol and substance abuse

Parents are the major perpetrators of domestic violence and as such, must be dissuaded against the practice. Unfortunately, children (1-15) are the greatest victims of domestic violence. They suffer through various ways such as:

  • Dropping out of school.
  • Losing friends due to stigmatization.
  • Intense trauma.
  • Intense depression
  • Suicide
  • Physical pain
  • Rape
  • Denial of childhood

Parents must therefore stop subjecting their children to domestic violence whenever they have disagreements. Children are innocent and must be protected by their first line of defense, that is, their own parents.

Here are some ways for parents to seek help to be better for their children:

  • Regular visits to the psychiatrist. This could be weekly or monthly.
  • Regular family talks/meetings that promote cohesion in the family.
  • Valuing family activities such as dining together and going out together. These improve bonding.
  • Talking to other family members and friends.
  • Practicing forgiveness for mistakes done to each other.
  • Loving the children unconditionally and spending as much time as possible with them.
  • Being open minded to change such as, less alcoholism and drug addiction.
  • Going to church and seeking spiritual help.

“Children have emotions, more than us the adults. We must take care of their fragile minds and hearts”.

Alfred Yambo.

If at all parents can keep their cool, then the children are less likely to suffer. The family will be close-knit and enjoy as much of peace and love as possible. This will create happier families and happier countries.

Together, we can eliminate domestic violence, more so against children.

Keeping Up The Pace

As January comes to an end, it is encouraging to see that we as Kenyans have managed to clear out the first month of the year. This is important because of the COVID-19 crisis that has still been an issue for the world. What we must draw from this successful step is that, we can make it through the year whether the COVID-19 crisis gets solved or not.

We therefore must encourage each other in a continuous spirit to keep up the pace and work together to overcome the crisis of COVID-19 everyday. The adage is true, “What does not kill one makes one stronger”. We have worked hard and here we are, just 11 more months left to complete the year again. We can therefore improve our economy and recover from the damage caused by the pandemic.

“Let us not forget that, the harder we work, the more we near success”.

Alfred Yambo

Failure is a choice and so is poverty. Let us choose to win so that we will not be poor. Let us choose to win so that we shall build a still possible future. Let us choose to win so that our children and their children may get the best of life.

We always can win. We can finish this year just as we have come to the end of the first month.

God bless you as you continue with the rest of the year amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Helping Each Other Handle Depression

Ever since the onset of COVID-19 in our country, there have been instances of people engaging in actions that have been fatal to their lives and those of others. Some of these have included: kidnapping, murder and the eradication of entire family members.

Recently, there was a case that involved a young man who sought the help of his friend to murder his entire family of five other members. This was one of the most gruesome cases of crime in our country since the beginning of 2021.

“When we do not take action, we are only left to suffer the consequences of inaction”.

Alfred Yambo

It is so unfortunate that, the youth who are supposed to be finding ways of getting back on track with school work are engaging in murder. This is because they are lacking in guidance from parents, teachers, neighbours and even elder siblings.

Police officers control a crowd near the scene of the inspection of a vehicle suspected to be packed with explosives on April 24, 2014 in Nairobi’s Somali district of Eastleigh a day after another car bomb was detonated killing two police officers at a nearby police station. Following a tip-off from the public, bomb experts set about inspecting the vehicle which they said bore signs of having been used to transport a large load, possibly an explosive device, before towing it away for further forensic inspection. At least four people, including two policemen, were killed on Wednesday when a car bomb exploded outside a police station in Nairobi near a major Somali neighbourhood. AFP PHOTO / Tony KARUMBA (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)

We therefore must take it upon ourselves to offer sound advice to our youth to keep them on the right path towards educational and life success. We are all responsible for any youth around us and therefore owe it to ourselves as society to be there to guide them and prevent further subculture crime.

What Can Kenya and Somalia do to Avoid Going to War?

At the moment, things between Kenya and Somalia are shaky.

This started with the Al Shabaab of Somalia attacking Kenyans and then now, the politicians are in a tussle.

Kenya and Somalia are both African countries with a lot of potential.

Kenya is more economically successful than Somalia and has more resources.

Somalia too has its advantages.

However, both countries are heavily indebted to the World Bank.

They are in serious need of development.

“It is only the presence of negative indecision that leads to the crumble of peace”.

Alfred Yambo

They have terrible governments.

Oh, the COVID-19 has been terrible on both countries.

This is not the time for war Kenya and Somalia.

You need to focus on economic growth, better politics and a future for the both of you.

Don’t go to war.