Thursday, February 09, 2006

GITHONGO....Whasat?

This is a special Blog entry. I have been avoiding the Githongo debate like it was dog food. Then I happened on the BBC news night video at Kenya Unlimited Kenyan Blogs. So this post is a special shout to the web ring, it has been great to finally join and be part of the voices. Special mention to Mental Acrobatics for the video and the PDF document, with the text of Githongo' s report.

But out side the blogoshphere, is another reality maybe born of ignorance or a silly attitude of "I do not care about politics as long as I get by In my life." I was inspired to write this post by a conversation I had on my MSN messanger with a Kenyan freshly returned to the UK after a Kenyan holiday. The full text is reprinted here and it may not hit your senses like 26 inches of Githongo, but it really makes you wonder: Where are we gonna start changing this country? (This conversation reprinted here with permission of my discussant. Note: I am KenyasMostWanted..in the conversation....Like Duh!)

kenyas-most-wanted says:
anyway.. i am downloading Githongo's; video you watched it?

VUTA PUMZ! says:
aha bout 4 or 5

A VUTA PUMZ! says:
who?

kenyas-most-wanted says:
ish...John Githongo...like hello

kenyas-most-wanted says:
He did a collabo with Longombas

A VUTA PUMZ! says:
u jua there r so many kenyan artists siku hizi

A VUTA PUMZ! says:
kukeep track ni kazi mob

kenyas-most-wanted says:
????

A VUTA PUMZ! says:
plus hadnt been home in forever

kenyas-most-wanted says:
i am

kenyas-most-wanted says:
lmao

You have just sent a Nudge!

A VUTA PUMZ! says:
which song with longombas?

kenyas-most-wanted says:
???

kenyas-most-wanted says:
i have to post this

kenyas-most-wanted says:
just open a google window and type john githongo

A VUTA PUMZ! says:
K

kenyas-most-wanted says:
hey I am posting on this..wonder what I say your name is?

A VUTA PUMZ! says:
eh?

A VUTA PUMZ! says:
unapost wat? where?

kenyas-most-wanted says:
no you response is mad hilarious so i am putting it on the kenyan blogs place as my response to the Githongo video

A VUTA PUMZ! says:
oh seen

A VUTA PUMZ! says:
hehehehe

kenyas-most-wanted says:
si i copy paste this?

A VUTA PUMZ! says:
shoh

kenyas-most-wanted says:
huh?

A VUTA PUMZ! says:
nu'n

A VUTA PUMZ! says:
can i read it afterwards?

A VUTA PUMZ! says:
yo blog?

kenyas-most-wanted says:
i usually do not post such on my blog..

A VUTA PUMZ! says:
hmm

kenyas-most-wanted says:
i will post it on my tribe...someone also mentioned the githongo report

kenyas-most-wanted says:
will cross post

A VUTA PUMZ! says:
ok am lost but errmm this is tha part I jus say ok



ADDENDUM
I am not of the habit of reading my own blog but the volume of traffic this post was attracting has necessitated a late edit.

1. I still insist that this post was incidental and not in character with my blog's philosophy and editorial- if any existed- bent.

2. I joined the Kenyan Blogs Webring on february 28th because I was excited about blogs and had read a couple of excellent blogs by Kenyans. But as soon as I joined, I realised that I did not relate to 90% of the bloggers. I wasn't keen on being part of a collective where the only point of commonality is nationality. So I left KBW soon after.

3. This post doesn't even begin to represent my thinking or the fundamental issues that this blog was about. To get closer to that I suggest you read the rest of the blogs or for a quick hit:

Do They Know it is Clitoris?

I Am Tired

9 comments:

Mocha! said...

LOL.....am first up in here!


With regards to your post, this is a classic! I have never thought of copying and pasting a messenger onto a blog. Cool! and fuuny too!

Msanii_XL said...

Hilarity!...thats cold too, the part you start messing with him/her

Sammie said...

Dude(or dudette) doesn't jua Githongo and calls himself a Mkenya? And we say its our time. Ha!

Shocking.

POTASH said...

@Mocha..Thanks for stepping by we blog because we are innovators..that is what we are. If I had an Editor he would say that was a quirkt post.

@Msanii...man I wish I could laugh I didn't even mean to mess with her. The fact that she swallowed it still got me shaking my head.

@sammie... Man thanks for passing by. You know, I reallt fell it is our time, so I want to spread the gospel. Funny thing is that there is peeps living in party streaked cocoons who wouldn't care.

It is no wonder I say Kapuka is a conspiracy, to keep the youth too entangled in hedonism to care about change. I know when and how..I know..I have the inside scoop. Watch this space

POTASH said...

@Mocha..Thanks for stepping by we blog because we are innovators..that is what we are. If I had an Editor he would say that was a quirkt post.

@Msanii...man I wish I could laugh I didn't even mean to mess with her. The fact that she swallowed it still got me shaking my head.

@sammie... Man thanks for passing by. You know, I reallt fell it is our time, so I want to spread the gospel. Funny thing is that there is peeps living in party streaked cocoons who wouldn't care.

It is no wonder I say Kapuka is a conspiracy, to keep the youth too entangled in hedonism to care about change. I know when and how..I know..I have the inside scoop. Watch this space

Prousette said...

Jesu Christ on a wooden tricycle, there are people who haven't a a clue....wrong so wrong. how old is this person?

mshairi said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog,Potash. I think it is sad to see how so many Kenyans are apathetic. What can be done, I wonder?

POTASH said...

Proussette, this person is old enough to have been referred to as a leader of tomorrow by two presidents. But obviously, my friend is in no hurry to take her place in the leadership of this country. Sad now isn't it?

@ Mshairi, that you are talking about it- About what we represent as a nation and things- Is a great step towards sensitising others about the need to take pride in and share a common aspiration as a nation. Through your blog, you are a part of the solution, It behoves the rest of us to listen.

Keguro said...

I have just finished reading Claude McKay's Banjo. For some reason, it put me in mind of you, perhaps the concern with an unpretty quotidian that still must be lived, even the pleasures of that must. (Perhaps one day I will stop abusing the pun.)

Though no royalties will be forthcoming, I am attempting to teach selections from your blog this semester, one of the most innovative--and conceptually difficult and necessary--contemporary writers, I have billed you.