June 1st marked Kenya’s Madaraka day. That is the Swahili word for independence. It was the day Kenyans were free from British colonization and we were free to rule ourselves. We therefore welcomed our first president Jomo Kenyatta with much praise and celebration. 50 years it was this recently past June 1st. The golden year. It is a great achievement and one to be celebrated by each and every Kenyan and Africa as a whole. It is a real privilege to be a Kenyan girl today and to know the freedom we enjoy today due to the fact that our forefathers tirelessly fought for us.
At times like this we look at the Kenyan flag and appreciated the color representation on it. The black for the people of the land, green for the rich vegetation that is rightly ours, red for the bloodshed in the fight for the land and white for the peace we are currently enjoying. In my kikuyu tribe, the Mau Mau led the way and fought against the British army. I still don’t understand how they did it. Using their handmade tools and going to fight against bullets faster than the eye! They were really brave people and because of them, I can truly appreciate life and all the beauty that comes with it.
Thank you for protecting your grandchildren and fighting for our beautiful country, Kenya. I definitely can never take it for granted. 🙂