Kenyas biggest problem

By Cassandra Mercy

Everyone knows that the fear of failure is a formidable and paralysing force.

The same can and should be said of the fear of success. Attaining success is fantastic but it brings with it a whole new set of probabilities to deal with.

For one thing it tests one’s limits, exposes well hidden weaknesses and often leads to unchartered waters re field of success. Most people aren’t self aware enough to trust in their ability to achieve and maintain success so they end up indulging in self-sabotaging behaviour.

This is Kenya’s biggest problem; the fear of success ergo self sabotaging.

Here are four reasons why self sabotage will remain our biggest problem no matter how hard we try to develop this country especially on a social level.

Inability to focus

Kenyans like to party, throw a splash. This is not “partying” in the literal sense but in the “campaign mode” sense of the word. Take the proposed constitution for instance; instead of getting on ground and doing some useful and very necessary civic education, politicians are organising huge expensive cross country rallies and whipping crowds into an emotional frenzy.

This is the equivalent of getting drunk and stoned the night before a big presentation and is a sure sign of self sabotage. Imagine what would happen if the campaigning was made illegal and the only people with authority to give civic education would be non partisan, intelligent and less likely to inject emotional and tribal overtures into the process.

Culture of procrastination

No one loves to procrastinate more than Kenyans. As country, we’re reactionary. This is a country that enjoys a constant state of crisis. Vision 2030 is a pipe dream and you know why? Because we’ll have spent all the allocated money on prior major disasters like perennial flooding, contaminated maize and the TJRC. How do you plan a constitutional referendum and then not think out the logistics to disburse funds for civic education?

It’s a safe bet to say someone somewhere was thinking to himself, “We’ll deal with it when the time comes.” Well the time came and just about went! If you putter around instead of taking care of business, you are subconsciously sabotaging yourself.

All talk and no action

It would be easy to accuse our leaders of laziness because they have no achievements worth mentioning. However, while certain behaviour may come across as laziness, it reveals itself soon enough to be a fear of success. For instance, the News is full of “leaders” talking with fake ideological conviction of peace and prosperity and the rights of the common man and yet these people can’t be bothered to attend parliament and air their constituents’ views.

They collectively lack the moral will to take practical steps and exert some self-discipline towards the direction of their supposedly nationalistic goals. NGOs are vociferous and well funded yet none of them (the exception being wildlife organisations) has really achieved anything in this country. Face it; the people who should be looking after our interests aren’t interested in us hence no tangible action is ever taken to really effect change.

Negativity and pessimism

Kenyans tend to vote for people with negative and pessimistic thoughts. Every time you hear our leaders talk, they are either attacking each other or telling us how deplorable the state of our country is. They will naturally talk of a better Kenya and all that razzmatazz but not before they tell you that we’re approaching a “failed state” and that the country is entrenched in impunity.

This means that when you tell people about this country, the only proud moments you can come up with are Wangari Maathai, our runners and our animals. There has never been a statue erected to a critic, our leaders are incessant, sometimes vindictive and quite often petty critics. Enough said.

Self sabotage provides an easy escape hatch for when things go horribly wrong. It allows for blame games, lack of responsibility and an underachieving mentality. The socio-economic leadership of a country reflects strongly on the people who give it authority. Kenya has a bunch of self sabotaging individual calling the shots, what does that say about you?

(Cassandra Mercy is a producer with the Music Research Department at Capital FM)


47 Replies to “Kenyas biggest problem”

  1. Hi, my name is Sheila, am celebrating valentines with my 2yr old son. He is special, has brought meaning, purpose and motivation into my life. After a long day at work, just seeing him takes away all the turmoil. He decorates my life 🙂

  2. Hello, i am Joseph Kariuki am celebrating valentines with my sweetheart Victoria. She has always been very special to me because she will always be on my  side even at this tough economic time. I really love and I’d love to surprise her this valentine with FANTA.

  3. I am Robert Morogo. I will be celebrating Valentines with my mother this time round because she has been my greatest pillar for the past year, and for such unending Love and Support, she deserves a special celebration in this month of LOVE!!!

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  5. Hi!am linet and am gonna be celebrating my valentine with my one and only sweetheart Philip.this one being our third valentine together would want to bring back that feeling of togetherness as if we are only beggining the relationship.i would also love take the opportunity to directly express all what is in my hear one on one rather than via text and also get to know what he feels about me too.i pray and wish that the day turns out so well for both of us as we continue with our journey on the same boat of love


  6. Hi!I am Eric and I will b celebrating valentine with my one and only swthrt Viola.This is our first valentine together and its my wish and prayer that I make it very memorable to her but am tarmacking and there4 financially crippled.I need u guys to bail me out!!

  7. Hi  i am Jackie will definately be celebrating my valentine with my sweet hubby Francis though we wont be able to be together during the day because of work i would like it to be extra special
    my husband is very special because he has never let me down,he takes really good care of me and our son and he has never failed to provide no matter what the situation, this would be a good way of showing how much i appreciate everything he has ever done and also show the love i have for him
     Words alone cannot explain it!!
    so please make this day special for us it would do us really good.  

  8. Hi am RALPH MSHENGA, I will be celebrating valentines with four (yes 4) very special ladies in my life i.e. My mum, two daughters and their mother so an Orange Valentines with Fanta would be an ideal treat for the four ladies in mind who are the most precious ladies in my life and always bring joy to my life and yeah they all love pizza!

  9. My Name is James Karongo. I will celebrating my Valentine with my Chic Lyn whom we have dated for the last 2 years. she is special to me because she is so loving, caring, respectful, doesnt take alcohol and very responsible for her age. This will be our 3rd Year together.

  10. I will be celebrating Valentine’s day with my husband and our son. Almost recovering from January blues but will go down to Coast  the following weekend to make it more special for my husband and I. My husband is the most wonderful man as i have learn a lot from him than i think he has from me as well as more than i thought. He has supported me and given me guidance even in the most tricky of situations, ending up victorious. The most outstanding thing that i remember to date that i will keep close to my heart is how he stood by me when we thought we had lost our baby when i was 36 weeks into the pregnancy. It was our first. Luckily, the boy is alive and will be 2 years in May….on mother’s day. What other gift would any lady ask for in life.

  11. I am Mulei Mutinda and i wanna celebrate Valentines at my Aunties(Emma Kanini) with her and my cousin. She is so special to me because she often contributed in paying my Campus fees and even before i graduated she got me a job. I really love her.

  12. Mike here, valentine will be a special dinner 9 and of course flowers) with my girl friend CAROL, and her small sis( eight year old), they are so close and i wonna make them happy on that day…0722431338

  13. Am dun ogendi, this Valentine am planning to celebrate with my baby sister, she means a lot to me.  Mostly i want  to treat her for the hard work she does around the house and finding dinner ready when i come from work, just to appreciate her ill not mind that Classic Pizza combo.

  14. I am Ciku Kiiru and am celebrating valentines with my boyfriend of 3 years,I want this to be our first real valentines the others we were always apart and never celebrated but looking forward this time around.Ad really love the classic pizza combo for our vals dinner

  15. Sammy Njoroge here! I will be my girlfriend Eva. On that very day we will be two years to our love and you know not many stick around that long especially with a perfectionist who is always messy!

  16. Am Ngige James and I’ll be celebrating my Valentines with my fiancee’ who is the most special girl in my world. Soon we will be have 2 FANTAstic babies and I intend to keep her and the babies bubbling with some FANTA and the 2 large pizzas, 1 for the unborn twins and the other for me n her. So please swing the Orange Valentines with Fanta our way, and be part of our family from the start.

  17. I am Tille Muia and i will be celebrating valentines day with my mum and sister, they mean the world to me, and they always put a smile on my face,us Muia girls rock!!! 🙂

  18. I will be spending my valentines with my childhood bestfriend. Over the past one year shez been through alot with all the drama coz of her parents divorcing, then came her attempted suicide coz of depression. I just want to take her out so that we can have fun & make her 4get everything else 4 a while and make her realize that theres still much to live 4 in this world coz many people love her & care 4 her.

  19. Am Victor..I wanna Celebrate this Valentine with my Girlfriend who has been away for 3 years because of school..She is coming to Visit me this Valentine

  20. I am Fred Komen and I will be spending Valentines Day this year with my aunt Anne because she has been very supportive and resourceful in almost all my endeavours in the past year. From helping me secure a place in campus & accomodation for the whole period of my studies makes her very Dear and Special to me! She’ll be my Valentine! (0722857976)

  21. I am Pauline Kamande and i plan to spend this valentine’s with my daughter since its a working day and also because my hubby is out of the country working and thus i will send him my gift , but the much love i would have shared with him i will share it with our child as always coz i love them both so much

  22. they call me valentine as the name matches the day. i want to celebrate this day with my boyfriend coz we’v never celebrated any valentines together being together for three years. this will be a great surprise for hm and for me too for our first valentine’s together

  23. Am Julia Akinyi this year i”ll be celebrating valentine day with my daughter Natalia and the dade not ben there for us for the past five monrths but her has finaly accepted us in his life.(0721530289) 

  24. I am Jonathan,and I’ll be spending Valentine’s Day with my girlfriend Monique.I’m not quite sure how the day will turn out,mainly coz am flat broke and have no job,so you’re prize would go a long way in making that day special for me and my girlfriend.We’re also celebrating our first anniversary on February 19th,so we were thinking we could join up the two days to ease down on the expenses.My girlfriend is so special to me coz I have never met anyone as funny,loving,caring and supportive as her,she hasn’t left my side even with all that am going through right now and I owe her a lot for that.Please award me so that I can show her how much she means to me this Valentine’s.Thanks

  25. I am Eliud Makhapila i want to celebrate valentine with my beloved wife Jeniffer Chelangat and my 8 months boy Leonel Makhapila they are very special to me because they are loving Mumy and Son Love them.

  26. My name is Gladys Mumbi and i will be celebrating this Valentines with my childhood friend Tabitha Wanjiru.She is my best friend and we have not met for 7 months now because we live  in different towns..We have planned to meet on valentine day in the evening in our home and atleast catch up  because the January blues are still around..

  27. am Denno, wil be celebrating this valentine with Esther my luv. she is so special because she means the world to me, we share everything and most importantly she has always been supportive through the toughest of times

  28. Hello!My Names are Sheila Waki. (God willing)I will be celebrating my orange valentines day with my dear Husband Tele.It will be our first Valentine’s day as a married couple and due to the fact that he is in school full time,plans to splash may not be possible!all in all whatever the day brings He is forever my valentine and  sharing this with him would be a good memory and reminder that I love him and appreciate everything he does for me!Thank you for the opportunity to try!

  29. I am Galfen Omuse and i wonna celeb this  day with my girlfriend Eunice Okumu whom we had differences last month i wont to use opportunity to mend the ribbon.

  30. Hi my name is Duncan Nyasio and I’ll be celebrating Valentines with @Qwinstinn Mckenner because she means the world to me, she has been with me in good and bad times and i really want to make it up to her!!!!

  31. My name is Jacque Lungahi, i will be spending my valentine’s at home with my dad-in law in Ugenya…ever since mum-in law passed  on last year i can only imagine that hes been very lonely…so we are travelling there with my hubby and my son….we leave on saturday….

  32. Hi, my name is Joshua Mwangi and i want to celebrate this valentines day with my uncle and aunt (Nahashon and Gladys Macharia) This is because they helped me through my college life giving me shelter and food and the time to do my projects. I love them so much and i havent gotten a way to say thank you to them. I am looking forward to this valentines to do that so, please fanta, make my valentines. I love fanta!

  33. Julia Akinyi
    This valentines day i will spend with my daughter Natalia and the dad Donald, who has not been there for us since she was born but has accepted responsibility now.

  34. Hi.. My name is Florence Njagi and I want to celebrate my valentines with my husband.. He is special to me because since the birth of our daughter 10 months ago he has patiently been by my side even when I was going crazy and did not seem to know what I was doing.. I just want to remind him that despite having a baby he is also very very important to me.

  35. Am Shiru and will be celebrating Valentines day with my boyfriend. We have been going out for 6 months now and we are in a long distance relationship but we plan to make time and see each other on the 14th. Fanta will make it better if i could win the voucher 🙂

  36. Hi am Carol and i would like to celebrate this Valentines with my mom. She’s been such an inspiration to me and i want to thank her for the way she’s molded me to the person i am today.However, am extremely broke as i had to pay for my siblings school fees and am sure a gift hamper from Fanta will go a long way to treating my mum.

  37. My Name is James Karongo. I will celebrate this Valentine with Girl Friend whom we have not been in good terms the last One Month. We plan to use this moment to make up and have a new approach to our relationship. We have been dating for the last 2 years and we will also be celebrating our anniversary. She is  special to me because she has brought a lot of change in my life both as a person and in my house.

  38. Hallo, am Osborn Aristo and i would like to celebrate this Valentine with my wife Mary, i have been out of City, Nairobi for longer days of my past two years, but thank God i got my annual leave as early as this month, February. She is my everything to me being around or not and taking care of my FAMILY. She is the one to be with this valentine.

  39. Am Barasa,. I live at the coast and my wife and kid live in nairobi. I have been busy since October last year and haven’t seen them. I have been lucky to have a one week off and would wish to celebrate with them.

  40. I am Isabell Bockle.Valentine to me has not been that special year in year out.I have no one to enjoy that special moment with.Hoping that FANTA will help change 2012 for me so that i may have fun times atleast with my friends. Just need that extra boost to make my valentine day special.Please make it for me :-D.. Friendship is a silent gift of nature. More old..more strong. More deep..more clear. More close..more warm Less words..more understanding.

  41. I am Isabell Bockle.Valentine to me has not been that special year in year out.I have no one to enjoy that special moment with.Hoping that FANTA will help change 2012 for me so that i may have fun times atleast with my friends. Just need that extra boost to make my valentine day special.Please make it for me :-D.. Friendship is a silent gift of nature. More old..more strong. More deep..more clear. More close..more warm Less words..more understanding.

  42. Nicely put. Well written. I like you’re writing style. Rare to come across nicely written articles on these Interwebs nowadays. Keep it up. 🙂

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