Student’s one-tribe campaign spreads on t-shirts - The Sauce
Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Student’s one-tribe campaign spreads on t-shirts

As we draw closer to the next elections, one cannot ignore the negative tribalism tension that makes its full circle nearly every election period. But one student at the United States International University (USIU) has decided to do something about the ugly monster that cost the country 1,300 lives and 600,000 displaced people after the 2007 elections.


Sandra Kagwiria, a senior psychology student has started an anti-tribalism campaign named “Mkosa Kabila” aimed at uniting Kenyans. Sandra’s initiative is using printed t-shirts to spread the ‘one tribe’ message, first among the students then to the rest of the young Kenyans across the country. Cecilia Garama sat down with the free spirited Kenyan to learn more about the campaign.


What is Mkosa Kabila?
Mkosa Kabila basically means one without a tribe. Back in the days, if someone called you a ‘mkosa kabila’, you would have been offended. But we want to change that.


What inspired you to start the campaign?
I got the idea in my SENEX (senior experience) class when the lecturer asked why we are so proud to belong to a tribe? I couldn’t stop thinking about the question because it was true. We’re always like I’m Kikuyu, or I’m Kamba, or I’m Meru, but we always seem to forget that we’re all Kenyans at the end of the day. That’s when I got the idea to come up with a t-shirt that portrays a message of unity, especially for the youth.

Sandra Kagwiria, USIU student


What do you aim to achieve with this campaign?
Cohesion and integration. I want to make it okay for people belonging to different tribes to mix and marry and create generations of diverse Kenyans. I want to join the youths of this country together and take a stand against tribalism and I also want to make people feel comfortable with who they are.
What I want to do with mkosa kabila is the same thing the African Americans did with the word nigger. It used to be a word used to put them down, but they changed that and made it cool and hip. By doing that, they took the power away from those who used it with negative connotation. So we need to take the power away from those who use tribalism to divide this country and that’s what this campaign is aimed at achieving.


Who are you targeting with this campaign?
The youth mainly…we are daring, brave and passionate about the country, more than any politician out there. I want to create an army of activists who are going to do their best to strive for a peaceful and prosperous Kenya.


Any parting words?
Yes. When I first thought to start this campaign a lot of people told me I was crazy, however there were a select few who believed in me and I said, ‘you know what? there are always going to be haters.’ But I believe if I do my part, then at least I’ve tried. And if I don’t succeed I am going to try, try, try and try again.

For more information about the campaign, email Sandra on:



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Some More Sauce...


Kenyans on Twitter woke up to an explicit video that has since gone viral. In the video, a woman who is known on social...

Da Squeeze

Kenyan beauty Tanasha Donna Oketch recently opened up about her life. The 24 year old former radio presenter, musician and mother of one is...


Ugandan TV journalist Simon Kaggwa Njala’s face has got to be one of the memed faces of 2019.   But how did this Ugandan...

Da Squeeze

Who remembers the time when sex was simple. Well, nowadays there are a lot of weird fetishes that we can’t even keep track of...


The Free Mason society is known to be secretive and very private, but not anymore it may seem. The Freemason society based in Nairobi...

Da Squeeze

Kenya has a robust matatu culture and some people around the world love it. Award winning American singer and dancer Chris Brown yesterday (23.03.20)...

Da Squeeze

Is there a woman making your heart skip a beat? She might be a secret woman of your life.  Most women love, but they...

Da Squeeze

Kenyans on Twitter are not to be messed with, they bring guns to a knife fight. The hard-hitting K.O.T recently got into a Twitter...