Here’s what Coronavirus is bringing to the light about Kenyans

Over the past week or so, Kenya and the world over has been in the hands of the recent Coronavirus pandemic.

The numbers are spiralling quickly and the world all over is at a halt.

In the face of Coronavirus, it has been a chance to realize what characterizes a true Kenyan:
1. Prayerful
For those who underestimated Kenyans spirituality, I hope you are seeing what’s going around. Men, women and children are all on their knees asking or God’s mercy and intervention. A national prayer day was held on Saturday at the state house as President Kenyatta asked Kenyans to seek God’s forgiveness in the wake of the worldwide pandemic. A video went viral of bodaboda guys on their knees praying at their parking lot seeking God’s forgiveness.
2. Humorous
Kenyans will always find the funny side of everything. And Coronavirus isn’t an exemption. We’ve seen memes making rounds all over and it’s always a good time to cheer up in the face of panic. We thank Kenyans on Twitter (KOT gang) for keeping us all laughing in this trying moments.
3. Untrustworthy
Kenyans have always had trust issues with the government. They rarely buy into what comes from these agencies, ministries and parastatals. Since the Coronavirus found its way into Kenya, most Kenyans have been have issues with the reports been offered by the government. With a nation marred with corruption, anything said is always doubted and Kenyans will always bring their intellectual thoughts to counter everything.
4. Ignorant
This has to do with those guys living in the rural areas. It’s heartening when you listen to the level of ignorance from them. Some claim the virus attacks the rich, those who use planes to travel. Some claim it’s a disease affecting only the ones residing in urban centres. These levels of ignorance could lead to more trouble than good.

Lupita, Ory Okolloh, Jacqueline Mugo among Africa’s 50 most influential women

Kenyan award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o has been named amongst Africa’s 50 most influential women by french magazine Juene Afrique. Also in the list is Ory Okolloh who is a Kenyan activist, lawyer, and blogger and Jacqueline Mugo who is the Executive Director of the Federation of Kenya Employers.

Nyong’o has been recognized for her impact in the film industry after receiving several accolades for her role in the film 12 years a slave. She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, becoming the sixth black actress to win the award, the first African actress to win the award, the first Kenyan actress to win an Oscar.

lupiphoto courtesy: usmagazine.com

Ory Okolloh who is an activist and a co-founder of Mzalendo website and Ushahidi forums which according to forbes is a forum which combines mapping with eye-witness reports, has been used to monitor elections in Kenya, Mexico and India, track violence in the Eastern Congo and map post-earthquake crisis in Haiti.

 

Okollohimage: wikipedia

Jacqueline Mugo who is the Federation of Kenya Employers Executive Director was also recognized for the role she plays in leader of african managers. According to business forum Jacqueline has quite a lot of tasks under her leadership she is the Secretary General of Business Africa, the Employers regional body and voice in the continent. She is also Executive Director of the Federation of Kenya Employers, Chairperson of the East African Employer’s Organisation and board member of the Governing Body of the International Organization of Employers and the National Social Security Fund. She maintains roles as Deputy Secretary General of the Pan-African Employers Confederation and Member of the ILO Governing Body.

mugophoto courtesy: businessdailyafrica.com

Also in the list in Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, South Africa’s Winnie Mandela and Benin’s Angélique Kidjo and Mozambique’s Graça Machel.