Seasoned KTN news Anchor James Smat on Revolutionary media.

James Smat

James Smat

If there is one man who has a huge gulf between his greatness and his humility, it must be James Smat. No, I did not forget the “r”, it’s James Smat not James Smart. So, James Smat held a candid conversation with the students of MMU Journalism Club on his tribulations and triumphs in the media arena. He oozed media wisdom and his non-conformist traits were well seen and admired.

James Smat is not an ordinary journalist. His kind is not to be found everywhere in the media world. He is a rare breed of journalists who are out there to transform media and society at large and not just present news. In essence, he was called for journalism and he accepted the call from the fourth estate loudly. He is a media revolutionary.

Smat spoke of the need by Media to tell the story of the people. However, when he started off his journalism career, he felt he was here to tell his own story. He told his story, and now he tells the narrative of the people. “All people have a past, a history and a future, they all want to tell their story.” He insisted,”A journalist offers a platform for the people to tell their unique story. Today, the President, the Deputy President  and people from Majengo want me to tell their story” And Smat had his own story. The story of how years ago, after he had graduated from campus; he was working at a Children’s Home. He did a documentary on the kids at the home using a hand-held camera he had bought. Smat then went to KBC to present the documentary to be aired. To cut an interesting story short, Smat managed to convince the producer to air the documentary. He then applied for an “Announcer” position at KBC, and out of 350 applicants he was picked. That was where the ascent began. It began with impetus, hard work, persistence, self belief and some madness.

Smat added that the making of news is a collective responsibility. It involves the cleaners and drivers all the way to the producers and anchors. A journalist is a psychic, my words, not his. “The journalist has to do the stories that people are looking for.” His words, not mine. That is why a journalist is a psychic. “The tricky part is balancing the need to tell the necessary story and making money for the media house. The journalist also struggles with the fact that at some point, he has to escape from cliche news and tell the untold story.” That is what he did with The Trend. or is it #TheTrend?

#TheTrend changed how Kenyans viewed news. His first interview was with the Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) C.E.O. This was the interview that had Tweeps (Twitter people) asking questions to the C.E.O. The interview that made him think he would get fired. The interview that had him on the spotlight. The inteview that made Kenya sit up and notice the media revolutionary. Since that first interview, he James Smat has not looked back. He has gone on to KTN and has metamorphosised his style more and more.

On interviews, Smat believes they should not be a mechanical, rehearsed affair. He remembers the first time he had to carry out an interview and he was given one camera he flatly refused to do the interview. He says, he does not believe in having pre-arranged questions sent to the interviewee prior to the interview. He’s a non-conformist, I warned.

“I do not enter awards because I like giving 100% in every interview and news coverage. I do not do this for awards.” That just cements the fact that he is a non-conformist and a media revolutionary. This just tells you why the hall was packed when James Smat came calling on Friday. His presence was felt and appreciated

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shying away?

DID YOU KNOW? James Smat is shy. Yes, not all journalists are outgoing as the myth suggests.

By Njagi M’Mwenda

THE CHURCH AT A CROSSROADS

 

Has the church forsaken Christ? This is among the questions that thinkers of modern times have to grapple with as evangelical ministries spring up at a rapid pace- And in this great race to inflate their congregations and win more followers, and even possibly the offering basket , the ‘modern church’ has been seen to adopt unorthodox ways of wooing the masses into their sermons.

Televangelism for instance has become among the most popular trends particularly for the houses of worship in urban settlements. While this incorporation of telecommunication technologies has indeed helped spread the gospel, the spanner comes into the works when half of the sermon is transformed into a frenzy of advertisements for the sale of DVD’s , CD’s and books authored by these men and women of the cloth. This scenario rings a bell dating back centuries when Jesus walked into the temple at Jerusalem only to find its’ inner walls transformed into a commercial center for trade.

The thin line between the gospel and secularism is increasingly getting blurred. Indeed it is a “blurred line”. Celebrity churches is another in-thing in Nairobi for instance as throngs of youth clamper to share a pew with their favorite artists and actors. This then begs the question: When did people stop going to church because of Christ? When did it stop being about the quest to quench spiritual thirst and the longing to be at peace with God and oneself? At what point did we miss this timeline in history?

Only recently, on the Twitter handle for its teens ministry, a local church posted a rather controversial poster featuring a man embracing a lady with her legs raised high in a provocative manner and controversial lines like “You can gerrit!” and “Shades of grey” embedded on it-words acquired from a once locally banned music video and an erotic novel containing sexually explicit material. In its defense, the church protested that it picks people from where they are in culture then leads them to where God would want them to be. An interesting question was asked in response to this defense by the church: “What would Jesus have done?”

It goes beyond controversial posters on social networks. The music videos and lifestyles of some self-proclaimed gospel artists have raised questions on the level of genuine spirituality manifested through these products. Is society being too harsh and judgmental or is it that indeed, the church has reached a mind-boggling crossroads? One thing’s for sure, the moral compass is not giving direction.

By Nyawara Felix.

GRADUATION CEREMONY : message from the Secretary General

GRADUATION
To:Fellow Comrades.
“ He who does not understand
your silence will probably not
understand your words.”- Elbert
Hubbard
I understand that alot of
questions have been raised about
graduation and whether or not it
is even there in the first
place.Some have been peddling
rumors and this has left comrades
speculating and making guesses.I
thus wish to clear the air on this
matter and will address others
issues in subsequent posts.
When we became a fully-fledged
university,it meant we could
nolonger suckle from our mother
university JKUAT.One of the this
was holding our first
graduation.The management was
not willing to do that.This has led
to a backlog as far as 2012 of
comrades who havent graduated.
As MUKSA leadership we held a
meeting with the new management
and shared this problem and gave
ultimatums that;
-GRADUATION MUST BE HELD THIS
YEAR (2014)
-A GRADUATION COMMITTEE MUST
BE IMMEDIATELY SET UP FOR THE
SAME
-GRADUATION BE HELD YEARLY TO
AVOID SUCH A BACKLOG
After wide consultions,i can firmly
say,
GRADUATION IS THIS YEAR ON THE
19TH OF SEPTEMBER 2014 for all
comrades since 2012.
A GRADUATION COMMITTEE has
been set up and its headed by the
DVC AA R&I.It sits every
Wednesday for the same.
That said,i wish comrades
concerned should stop worrying
and instead focus on arranging
for their graduation parties.
You may engage me on the
comments sections below or on
phone 0702861626
Good day fellow comrade.
Secretary General,
MUKSA

The Spinning Wheel

It is very sad that when our nation is slowly recovering from the wounds and pain of the 2007 post election violence,some leaders are thinking of mass action on the day of Saba Saba.As Africans we are condemned of always repeating the past not because we forget but because we are forced to re-live it. We have a “let me kill my neighbor” kind of reasoning; that I need to be heard to the extent that I must hurt those beneath me. I fail to understand how the high cost of living, rampant insecurity  and ethnocentrism can be tackled by mass action. Kenyans should rise from their Uhuruto and Raila-phobia  and vehemently refuse being used by greedy politicians to achieve their political gains.In a nation divided by politics after every 5 years like Kenya, it is very easy for us to go the South Sudan way. USA and the West have no moral authority to champion for democracy in Africa, they will quickly evacuate their citizens leaving defenseless, poor Kenyans to sort ourselves out.The mass action that we have just witnessed in Ukraine leaving Crimea no longer within the Ukrainian boundaries.Demonstrations that started in one city have left the nation of Egypt with nowhere to turn to but blame themselves. Africa’s youngest nation South Sudan is burning with no one to champion for their rights. Our leaders are never comfortable seeing us dwell in unity. Some of them suffer from the PhD syndrome in that they are always willing to bring down their colleagues who are serving Kenyans to the maximum. We have to stop this spinning wheel
Dennis Ashihundu

Why #KOT are angry with the Government & The Police

convogadget

#KenyaUnderSiege,the govt’ should stop burying its head in the sand and agree that their is a problem, the blame game must stop forthwith. a tweet goes.

#KenyaUnderSiege our goverment should stop threatening the terror attackers with mere warnings. Mr. President can we see u in a GSU uniform please.

Hehehe BREAKING:Uhuru in studio shooting a new advert on counter terrorism this time featuring Ole Lenku speaking Somali #KenyaUnderSiege

Our reporter tells me the 28 remaining bodies in the make-shift mortuary (a tent) are exposed, no body bags.

when the rich, mzungu and politicians die in terrorism attack but when a common mwanainchi dies it becomes a blame game

90% of Kenyans on twitter (#KOT) think the government is not doing all it can to secure Kenyans. The thought of it increases confusion on how Kenyan police really deal with terrorism and crime…

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NATIONAL DIALOGUE? FOR WHO’S BENEFIT?

National dialogue,to whose benefit?In a democratic  nation of Machiavellian politics like Kenya ,there is no  a single day the opposition can offer even a pinch of a piece of advice to the government.CORD as the main opposition side in Kenya should rejoice in the failing of JUBILEE because come 2017 they will have a wide range of platforms to campaign against  Uhuruto.On the other hand CORD principals should stop behaving as saints,the problems we are facing now were procured during the grand coalition government.Raila was the PM,Kalonzo the VP,Wetangula the minister of Foreign Affairs.Raila and his sycophants signed a deal to take the KDF to Somalia,Busia senator  Amos Wako,a Cord affiliate was the Attorney General during the sprouting of the Anglo-leasing saga.They should stop politicking and serve Kenyans. 
Dennis Ashihundu

How Women Kill Relationships

convogadget

What do you think do you think women do that make men back off?

Many times women do mistakes which results in ruining their own relationships. Many times the mistakes which are made unconsciously also can put an end to a love relationship. Do you have a history of failed relationships? Have you thought that you were picking losers? Have you wondered what wrong turn did you take in your happily ever after relationship which spoiled your happiness? Have you wondered if anything is wrong with yourself? Given below are some common mistakes women make that can ruin a relationship

angry_coupleIf you find that you are consciously or unconsciously committing these mistakes, it’s time you change before it is too late to save your relationship by making amends.

Being Abusive

Men do not like being treated like dirt. If you value your relationship, you need to stop

  • passing sarcastic remarks

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WHAT TO DO IN BOMB EXPLOSIONS

Dear All,

Bomb explosions are becoming the order of the day in Kenya. They have actually turned out to be real and one cannot afford to brush them off as their impact is devastating!  Though it is not expressly possible to stop their occurrences, something can be done to reduce the fatality and injury rates through awareness initiatives.

Today, I will share with you information related to “WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE TRAPPED IN A BOMB EXPLOSION”.

Most explosives are designed to detonate in a “flower bouquet” pattern throwing the bomb fragments horizontally between two and six feet above the ground. This pattern escalates the likelihood of hitting standing humans by these fragments. Therefore, the best place to be in an event of an explosion is to lay flat on your chest on the ground with the soles of your feet facing the area of the blast. Stay calm and extend your legs moderately apart: if you tighten them together, you increase the likelihood of losing both legs, whereas when the legs are spread apart, you have a greater chance of saving one leg from the blast; spreading the legs too far apart, however, leaves the groin exposed. In addition to the obvious reasons for protecting the groin area, you also want to avoid injury to that area because of the major arteries in that part of the body, which can lead to rapid blood loss if injured.

Keep your mouth open and breathe in small intervals. The most deadly aspect in an explosion is not bomb fragments or heat, it is the blast overpressure. The blast wave travels at supersonic velocity and severely affects the air-filled organs like lungs, kidneys, and bowels. People naturally tend to take a deep breath and hold it in emergencies. However, this proves lethal in a bombing situation, since our lungs become like a pressurized balloon to be ruptured by the blast wave. The majority of deaths in an explosion die from internal bleeding in the lungs. Only 6% on average die from the bomb fragments wounds. Your chances of injury with empty lungs are far smaller compared to holding your breath.

Finally, you must choose what to do with your hands. Some people instinctively cover their ears at the sound of a blast. If you’re close to a large explosion, you will probably have both eardrums burst, even if you cover them with your hands (due to the aforementioned shockwave). While laying flat on the ground, the idea is to reduce your lateral profile as much as possible, which means laying with one cheek on the ground. Place one hand tightly over your exposed eye. Place the other arm against your body.

Remember, the explosion takes seconds and you are the only one who can help yourself during this moment.

 Major (Rtd) Mohamed D. Morowa
Head of Security Services
Kenya Ports Authority, Mombasa
+254722262639

The emancipation of women.

Woman, you are the source of life, yet an object; mother, yet domestic servant; nurturer, yet pseudo woman; you can do the bidding of both soil and hearth, yet you are invisible, faceless, and voiceless. You are the pivot, the unifier, yet a being in chains, shadow of the male shadow. This is a statement used by Thomas Sankara in his article ‘The emancipation of women’. He uses his article to describe the position of the Burkinabe women yet I think that it is just a true reflection of what women undergo worldwide. It is challenging yet inspiring at the same time to have a man point out the vices being done to the women in the society since men are till to date the oppressors of the women.

I take this moment to describe the role of the women in the society with a little reference from Sankara’s article. I say little reference because if it were up to me I would quote the whole article because Sankara has just spoken my mind about how we need to liberate our fellow women since we live in a male chauvinistic era whereby there are roles meant for the males and others specifically designed for the females, a society whereby women have been sexually objectified and the males are considered as super human.

The conditions of a woman’s life are determined by more than economic factors, and they show that she is a victim of a specific oppression. For instance take an example of the gender roles. I think all this were perceptions of people and therefore they can all be erased from people’s minds the way they were originally created. In a typical African setting girls grows up knowing that she should be the second wife of the house meaning she is supposed to take charge the way the mother does. She is to cook, do laundry, and take to task all the household chores whereas the boy child is supposed to seat relax and wait for everything to be done for him. This is typically  stereotype because they are no laid down universal rules that state that men should do nothing, yet the same girls are expected to as the male child does. I think we have dwelled a lot on the girl child and forgotten that we have the boy child too.

They should be taught the equality between them and their sister as tender as from the lower classes with this we will be able to eradicate this stereotypes if women having to be under men all the times. Who said a man who does house chores and perform all the “women’s roles” is an inferior man? Thomas Sankara says it all about nurture not nature. If we put two kids in a room  a boy and a girl ,and place toys inside that room and lock it the boy will not automatically pick a toy car and the girl a pink doll as the way we put it in the society. In fact the boy will most likely be seen picking up a doll the girl the car. My whole point is that this whole role thing is acquired and not innate and anything that is acquired can be un acquired.

My proposal would be to have a curriculum that advocates for affirmative action on everything. If these roles are instilled to the kids at a tender age then by the time they are growing up we will be having a totally different generation and thus leading to the different views and perceptions and eradication of the gender role stereotypes.

Take a look of the sexual objectification of women for example. This is something that has taken a very different angle. It is happening even in policy setting and agenda setting institutions places where we expect professionalism and likeminded people and great academicians. Some of these institutions are the media. I think the media has shifted from its roles and diverted to being a commercial entity. The dress code of the anchors, females to be precise is wanting from the length to the sizes the clothes are either too tight or very small. It is like these different media channels are competing on who is going to dress in the shortest and tightest dress. The question however is why this happening to only the female anchors? It could be that this is just a reflection of the society and for them to do that they must have done a background search and realized this is what is selling or in this case increasing their ratings. The media as the agenda setting body can dictate what to give to its audience and also spells out what is important due to the redundancy nature of  its content, so when the media uses women in short dresses to appeal to its audience it creates a new set of stereotypes and creates a picture of sexual objectification being something so normal.

The other thing Thomas Sankara talks about is how irrational some men can be by classifying themselves as powerful and great by being adulterers. This is also just a reflection of  how unfair the society is by how it rebukes a woman who has been caught in the act of adultery and fails to punish the partner who definitely is a man. Personally I feel like there is no difference between the two who have been caught performing the act they were both in it therefore all of them should be punished equally or all should face the consequences. In a setting of a family when the man cheats it becomes so normal because it is expected while when the wife does it she is considered unreasonable and of uncouth character. In the speech “woman emancipation” the idea of woman also being objects of pleasure has been brought out by Sankara how men spend their money on alcohol and women to have pleasure. Is it that women are enemies of  themselves or is it that women are not well empowered because it looks like women do not have a say on anything when they are around the male species. This however brings me to the recently passed Kenyan bill on polygamy. The bill says that the first wife should not be consulted nor has a say on the husbands intention of bringing other wives home. This bill breaks the sanctity of marriage as an institution. Marriage is supposed to be between two people and not an institution where decision making is only by the husband. Submission has been mistaken to be slavery of women in their marriages and this has badly affected the initial meaning of marriage.

We are in the 21st century whereby women can also take the same places as their male counter parts. They can become policy makers, presidents, best doctors and even engineers and hail from Africa. For instance as we speak South African women have gained larger share of political leadership roles this now what is fashionable in South Africa. “it’s fashionable for, females to be in leadership ,we are beginning to see it as a normal thing here”, executive director of Gender links, who also was the founding chief executive officer of the South African Commission on Gender Equality. South Africa has soared from 17th to 4th place in the global ranking of women in parliament following the April 22 elections that saw an 11 percent increase in women’s representation in the national assembly from 34 to 45 percent .Only Rwanda, Sweden and Cuba are now ahead of South Africa, This was according to Charles Stewart Mott foundation magazine.

If we can have women in senior top management positions this shows that they can deliver beyond their stereotyped roles. And its high time ladies went for higher positions they too should show the will and should have a driving force.

The society too should take it upon themselves to educate both the boy and the girl child as I said earlier the boy child has been neglected thus we cannot stop these stereotypes as much as we want if we do not start with the root cause and on the other hand  when you take the initiative of educating and empowering a woman you empower the whole society because a woman is a nurturer.

Women also should not stay in abusive marriages simply because they want to please the society a marriage is a covenant between two people that can be broken if both people are not working towards its sustenance. Men who discredit women and do not approve of women’s success should think of their mothers, sisters and daughters. Let us all unite towards educating a species that is of our own kind as women.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Woman, you are the source of life, yet an object; mother, yet domestic servant; nurturer, yet pseudo woman; you can do the bidding of both soil and hearth, yet you are invisible, faceless, and voiceless. You are the pivot, the unifier, yet a being in chains, shadow of the male shadow. This is a statement used by Thomas Sankara in his article ‘The emancipation of women’. He uses his article to describe the position of the Burkinabe women yet I think that it is just a true reflection of what women undergo worldwide. It is challenging yet inspiring at the same time to have a man point out the vices being done to the women in the society since men are till to date the oppressors of the women.

I take this moment to describe the role of the women in the society with a little reference from Sankara’s article. I say little reference because if it were up to me I would quote the whole article because Sankara has just spoken my mind about how we need to liberate our fellow women since we live in a male chauvinistic era whereby there are roles meant for the males and others specifically designed for the females, a society whereby women have been sexually objectified and the males are considered as super human.

The conditions of a woman’s life are determined by more than economic factors, and they show that she is a victim of a specific oppression. For instance take an example of the gender roles. I think all this were perceptions of people and therefore they can all be erased from people’s minds the way they were originally created. In a typical African setting girls grows up knowing that she should be the second wife of the house meaning she is supposed to take charge the way the mother does. She is to cook, do laundry, and take to task all the household chores whereas the boy child is supposed to seat relax and wait for everything to be done for him. This is typically  stereotype because they are no laid down universal rules that state that men should do nothing, yet the same girls are expected to as the male child does. I think we have dwelled a lot on the girl child and forgotten that we have the boy child too.

They should be taught the equality between them and their sister as tender as from the lower classes with this we will be able to eradicate this stereotypes if women having to be under men all the times. Who said a man who does house chores and perform all the “women’s roles” is an inferior man? Thomas Sankara says it all about nurture not nature. If we put two kids in a room  a boy and a girl ,and place toys inside that room and lock it the boy will not automatically pick a toy car and the girl a pink doll as the way we put it in the society. In fact the boy will most likely be seen picking up a doll the girl the car. My whole point is that this whole role thing is acquired and not innate and anything that is acquired can be un acquired.

My proposal would be to have a curriculum that advocates for affirmative action on everything. If these roles are instilled to the kids at a tender age then by the time they are growing up we will be having a totally different generation and thus leading to the different views and perceptions and eradication of the gender role stereotypes.

Take a look of the sexual objectification of women for example. This is something that has taken a very different angle. It is happening even in policy setting and agenda setting institutions places where we expect professionalism and likeminded people and great academicians. Some of these institutions are the media. I think the media has shifted from its roles and diverted to being a commercial entity. The dress code of the anchors, females to be precise is wanting from the length to the sizes the clothes are either too tight or very small. It is like these different media channels are competing on who is going to dress in the shortest and tightest dress. The question however is why this happening to only the female anchors? It could be that this is just a reflection of the society and for them to do that they must have done a background search and realized this is what is selling or in this case increasing their ratings. The media as the agenda setting body can dictate what to give to its audience and also spells out what is important due to the redundancy nature of  its content, so when the media uses women in short dresses to appeal to its audience it creates a new set of stereotypes and creates a picture of sexual objectification being something so normal.

The other thing Thomas Sankara talks about is how irrational some men can be by classifying themselves as powerful and great by being adulterers. This is also just a reflection of  how unfair the society is by how it rebukes a woman who has been caught in the act of adultery and fails to punish the partner who definitely is a man. Personally I feel like there is no difference between the two who have been caught performing the act they were both in it therefore all of them should be punished equally or all should face the consequences. In a setting of a family when the man cheats it becomes so normal because it is expected while when the wife does it she is considered unreasonable and of uncouth character. In the speech “woman emancipation” the idea of woman also being objects of pleasure has been brought out by Sankara how men spend their money on alcohol and women to have pleasure. Is it that women are enemies of  themselves or is it that women are not well empowered because it looks like women do not have a say on anything when they are around the male species. This however brings me to the recently passed Kenyan bill on polygamy. The bill says that the first wife should not be consulted nor has a say on the husbands intention of bringing other wives home. This bill breaks the sanctity of marriage as an institution. Marriage is supposed to be between two people and not an institution where decision making is only by the husband. Submission has been mistaken to be slavery of women in their marriages and this has badly affected the initial meaning of marriage.

We are in the 21st century whereby women can also take the same places as their male counter parts. They can become policy makers, presidents, best doctors and even engineers and hail from Africa. For instance as we speak South African women have gained larger share of political leadership roles this now what is fashionable in South Africa. “it’s fashionable for, females to be in leadership ,we are beginning to see it as a normal thing here”, executive director of Gender links, who also was the founding chief executive officer of the South African Commission on Gender Equality. South Africa has soared from 17th to 4th place in the global ranking of women in parliament following the April 22 elections that saw an 11 percent increase in women’s representation in the national assembly from 34 to 45 percent .Only Rwanda, Sweden and Cuba are now ahead of South Africa, This was according to Charles Stewart Mott foundation magazine.

If we can have women in senior top management positions this shows that they can deliver beyond their stereotyped roles. And its high time ladies went for higher positions they too should show the will and should have a driving force.

The society too should take it upon themselves to educate both the boy and the girl child as I said earlier the boy child has been neglected thus we cannot stop these stereotypes as much as we want if we do not start with the root cause and on the other hand  when you take the initiative of educating and empowering a woman you empower the whole society because a woman is a nurturer.

Women also should not stay in abusive marriages simply because they want to please the society a marriage is a covenant between two people that can be broken if both people are not working towards its sustenance. Men who discredit women and do not approve of women’s success should think of their mothers, sisters and daughters. Let us all unite towards educating a species that is of our own kind as women.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Woman, you are the source of life, yet an object; mother, yet domestic servant; nurturer, yet pseudo woman; you can do the bidding of both soil and hearth, yet you are invisible, faceless, and voiceless. You are the pivot, the unifier, yet a being in chains, shadow of the male shadow. This is a statement used by Thomas Sankara in his article ‘The emancipation of women’. He uses his article to describe the position of the Burkinabe women yet I think that it is just a true reflection of what women undergo worldwide. It is challenging yet inspiring at the same time to have a man point out the vices being done to the women in the society since men are till to date the oppressors of the women.

I take this moment to describe the role of the women in the society with a little reference from Sankara’s article. I say little reference because if it were up to me I would quote the whole article because Sankara has just spoken my mind about how we need to liberate our fellow women since we live in a male chauvinistic era whereby there are roles meant for the males and others specifically designed for the females, a society whereby women have been sexually objectified and the males are considered as super human.

The conditions of a woman’s life are determined by more than economic factors, and they show that she is a victim of a specific oppression. For instance take an example of the gender roles. I think all this were perceptions of people and therefore they can all be erased from people’s minds the way they were originally created. In a typical African setting girls grows up knowing that she should be the second wife of the house meaning she is supposed to take charge the way the mother does. She is to cook, do laundry, and take to task all the household chores whereas the boy child is supposed to seat relax and wait for everything to be done for him. This is typically  stereotype because they are no laid down universal rules that state that men should do nothing, yet the same girls are expected to as the male child does. I think we have dwelled a lot on the girl child and forgotten that we have the boy child too.

They should be taught the equality between them and their sister as tender as from the lower classes with this we will be able to eradicate this stereotypes if women having to be under men all the times. Who said a man who does house chores and perform all the “women’s roles” is an inferior man? Thomas Sankara says it all about nurture not nature. If we put two kids in a room  a boy and a girl ,and place toys inside that room and lock it the boy will not automatically pick a toy car and the girl a pink doll as the way we put it in the society. In fact the boy will most likely be seen picking up a doll the girl the car. My whole point is that this whole role thing is acquired and not innate and anything that is acquired can be un acquired.

My proposal would be to have a curriculum that advocates for affirmative action on everything. If these roles are instilled to the kids at a tender age then by the time they are growing up we will be having a totally different generation and thus leading to the different views and perceptions and eradication of the gender role stereotypes.

Take a look of the sexual objectification of women for example. This is something that has taken a very different angle. It is happening even in policy setting and agenda setting institutions places where we expect professionalism and likeminded people and great academicians. Some of these institutions are the media. I think the media has shifted from its roles and diverted to being a commercial entity. The dress code of the anchors, females to be precise is wanting from the length to the sizes the clothes are either too tight or very small. It is like these different media channels are competing on who is going to dress in the shortest and tightest dress. The question however is why this happening to only the female anchors? It could be that this is just a reflection of the society and for them to do that they must have done a background search and realized this is what is selling or in this case increasing their ratings. The media as the agenda setting body can dictate what to give to its audience and also spells out what is important due to the redundancy nature of  its content, so when the media uses women in short dresses to appeal to its audience it creates a new set of stereotypes and creates a picture of sexual objectification being something so normal.

The other thing Thomas Sankara talks about is how irrational some men can be by classifying themselves as powerful and great by being adulterers. This is also just a reflection of  how unfair the society is by how it rebukes a woman who has been caught in the act of adultery and fails to punish the partner who definitely is a man. Personally I feel like there is no difference between the two who have been caught performing the act they were both in it therefore all of them should be punished equally or all should face the consequences. In a setting of a family when the man cheats it becomes so normal because it is expected while when the wife does it she is considered unreasonable and of uncouth character. In the speech “woman emancipation” the idea of woman also being objects of pleasure has been brought out by Sankara how men spend their money on alcohol and women to have pleasure. Is it that women are enemies of  themselves or is it that women are not well empowered because it looks like women do not have a say on anything when they are around the male species. This however brings me to the recently passed Kenyan bill on polygamy. The bill says that the first wife should not be consulted nor has a say on the husbands intention of bringing other wives home. This bill breaks the sanctity of marriage as an institution. Marriage is supposed to be between two people and not an institution where decision making is only by the husband. Submission has been mistaken to be slavery of women in their marriages and this has badly affected the initial meaning of marriage.

We are in the 21st century whereby women can also take the same places as their male counter parts. They can become policy makers, presidents, best doctors and even engineers and hail from Africa. For instance as we speak South African women have gained larger share of political leadership roles this now what is fashionable in South Africa. “it’s fashionable for, females to be in leadership ,we are beginning to see it as a normal thing here”, executive director of Gender links, who also was the founding chief executive officer of the South African Commission on Gender Equality. South Africa has soared from 17th to 4th place in the global ranking of women in parliament following the April 22 elections that saw an 11 percent increase in women’s representation in the national assembly from 34 to 45 percent .Only Rwanda, Sweden and Cuba are now ahead of South Africa, This was according to Charles Stewart Mott foundation magazine.

If we can have women in senior top management positions this shows that they can deliver beyond their stereotyped roles. And its high time ladies went for higher positions they too should show the will and should have a driving force.

The society too should take it upon themselves to educate both the boy and the girl child as I said earlier the boy child has been neglected thus we cannot stop these stereotypes as much as we want if we do not start with the root cause and on the other hand  when you take the initiative of educating and empowering a woman you empower the whole society because a woman is a nurturer.

Women also should not stay in abusive marriages simply because they want to please the society a marriage is a covenant between two people that can be broken if both people are not working towards its sustenance. Men who discredit women and do not approve of women’s success should think of their mothers, sisters and daughters. Let us all unite towards educating a specie that is of our own kind as women.

By Immaculate Achieng.

 

 

 

LUO’S LOVE LETTER – FUNNY

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Dear Akinyi,

I have excellently juxtaposed myself at my favorite corner at this juncture,
this opportune time to narrate to you the status of my emotional condition
and the position of my heart Vis-a-Viz my lovely lady.

Atoti! It has been exactly two years, twenty three days, four hours and
seven minutes from the day that my sight landed unavoidingly on your well
endowed external outline. In all this time my feelings have surpassed
everything to become true love. My love for you Nyako has grown deeper than
the still waters of NAM-LOLWE the place where NYAMGODHO fished out the love of his life.

Nyathijomoko! As I write to you I am smiling, thinking of your beauty for
which I have always thanked God. The day I met you, that your beauty struck
me like lightening as my body felt weak and my heart skipped a beat.
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My value in Christ

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             I have been feeling a lot under the weather for the past few weeks, unable to really read my bible, or even pray, telling everyone who will listen to me how bad my quiet time a bible study is. I have been sliding back into my old ways and wondering at the same time why I am spiraling and what was so different for the first few months of this year. The feelings of depression, being defeated and feeling like I am just going to leave everything alone was what encompassed my mind. All the plans that I would have loved to accomplish by the end of this year, I was so ready to just throw caution to the wind and let everything go.

man-praying1But then, today, I decided to at least try and read my bible, listen to some gospel music and thank God because at least I’ve…

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THE ART OF SEDUCTION

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When one talks about THE ART OF SEDUCTION, the first name that runs to the mind of readers is Robert Greene (famous author of the book ‘Art of Seduction’). Seduction is a game as old as man and woman, and it has, over the centuries preoccupied princes and paupers, and inspired some of history’s greatest artists and writers. The history of seduction is being celebrated in Rome in a display of paintings and sculptures from the 18th Century to modern times.
women seducing menA brief history and research in this art of seduction brings out the main fact that seduction was a biological weapon invented by the dominant female gender. They used attraction mechanisms like body morphology,sweet body scents and natural appearance to completely paralyses male’s ability to resist and stimulate their sensitivity and stimuli.This culture in females made them feel prestigious and egocentric.
Perfect examples of historical men who fell for…

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