By Hondo Kanhema and Khanyilanga Ndlovu
We all know of the “American Dream” that Americans love to rave on about, a humble 2 floor home with a spouse and two kids, surrounded by a white picket fence, in addition to getting rich and famous. But as times change, and Kenya turns into a prospering young nation, we must start to ask ourselves, what is the Kenyan Dream?
Here’s a few inputs of what the Kenyan Dream looks like to many Kenyans on the Reddit community of /r/Kenya :
‘BantuKitty’ has a fairly simplistic and general concept of her ideal Kenyan Dream which can most likely be attested to her parents’ influence.
In response to ‘BantuKitty’s comment, ‘Munene50’ reminds us to maintain our traditions amidst the changing times.
User ‘Muhe95’ is able to bring up a dream that we can all sadly relate to (Seriously though, we don’t think we can keep up with any more of Zuku’s shenanigans).
Very honest user ‘grandboyman’ has a very entrepreneurial outlook which then deteriorates into a more nefarious scheme which provides very little positive contributions to the already crooked system (C’mon man, last thing we need is more corruption, SMH).
‘finder254’ needs to adopt a more optimistic outlook on life like fellow user ‘happyanxious11’ above him. Like Helen Keller once said: “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence”.
Corruption is a plague on the nation, ‘Kenyanstoner’, and I don’t think contributing to it will help anyone but yourself.
This classic, bejeweled fantasy goes without saying honestly, I don’t think we need say more. (But good luck at beating the odds).
A notable mention: ‘zeusdrew’ doesn’t fail to touch on a thought-provoking point; that we cannot fully compose an image of one definite Kenyan Dream as our society is still evolving with the youth pioneering, innovating and intensely navigating the way. (But…how does an individual get one and a half kids? Like what is half a kid honestly?)
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