, NAIROBI, Kenya – Tuesday, January 20, 2009 is one of those days that leave an indelible mark on my whole being; that I am part of something that is bigger than our human condition and understanding – the Obama inauguration moment when the face of politics in America will forever be changed by our beloved Obama’s ascension into power.
There is no doubt that this single act will also influence the political environment around the world. It will restore faith in the American ideology that all human beings are created equal and America is the great equalizer. It will also restore faith around the world that sense and sensibility will perhaps prevail upon rash and judgmental action sometimes taken by world powers upon their weaker and defenseless counterparts. I am in awe of the magnificence of this day and grateful that God has seen it fit for me to be fully cognisant of the events of the day as it progresses.
For this reason, I am choosing to remain fully aware of what Obama represents to me, to Kenya and the rest of the world. His journey thus far has been full of unexpected twists and turns. From when he visited Kenya and would not confirm whether he would be running for presidency, to his acceptance speech at the Democratic Convention. He has been dealt blows and undercuts, but through it all he has risen above the opponent and chosen to focus on his promise. He has shown commitment to his cause and slowly his message has caught on like wildfire. His name is now synonymous with ‘hope’. That no matter what odds are stacked against us, there is hope that we can emerge from beneath our pile of garbage.
And therefore, even as we enjoy the sideshows delivered from all corners of the world, we should take this moment and contemplate on that which has meaning for us as individuals and as a country. Let us be conscious of what is important for us, be it family, work, religion, wealth and carve out a vision of where we’d like our dreams to take us.
I also echo what many Kenyans are asking for; that our leaders might emulate Obama’s selflessness, his willingness to serve his people and his calling to change the lives of people around the world. I firmly believe that it is not too late for Kenya to turn over a new leaf where impunity and corruption are concerned. It is not too late for our businesses to begin caring for the communities in which they operate and give back for their betterment. It is not too late for us to stop living in apathy and embrace a cause which is beneficial to our families, our communities, our country and us.
So let us congratulate Mr Obama as he becomes the first African-American President of the United States of America. May God keep him safe, be merciful to him and give him courage to tackle national and international matters with the grace that they deserve.
Let us and stay conscious of this moment whose story will be written down in the history of our universe.