Tribes in Kenya have in the recent past acquired a ‘do-not-touch, do-not-mention, do-not-approach’ tag so much so that folks nearly trip when the word appears in front or even behind them. Actually there are innumerable instances where tribes have prematurely ended people’s careers, families, relationships among other unspeakable things. Tribes have a stepping stone for others to desired positions while for others tribes have shut doors of opportunities for them.
It’s however worth noting that tribes are a God’s creation and are a good thing in his eyes just like all other things he created as evidenced in the bible in the book of Genesis when he created everything and saw that it was good. I strongly believe that it is God himself who deemed it appropriate to create diverse environments and terrains specific and fit for each tribe. I believe he intended to have each tribe fulfil a certain purpose but not only for their (that tribe) own benefit but for that of the entire country. He even tailor made characteristics and attributes including physical make up, culture and language necessary to implement the relevant assignment/purpose. If you keenly observe you will notice that virtually every tribe if not all has been given certain capabilities that are not similar to those exhibited by another tribe and when all that is pooled together it should yield a huge benefit for the whole country.
Let’s run through a few examples just to enhance the argument above. The recently concluded Rio Olympics saw Kenya enjoy a global acclamation thanks to our athletes most of whom are from the Kalenjin community. The community has been endowed with the capacity to produce great athletes and clearly this is not a made-made job it’s God’s. The world out there didn’t recognize the Kalenjin community rather they recognized Kenya so that the glory is for the benefit of the whole country. Their next door neighbour the Luo community has produced some of the best brains around. They have used this capability to put Kenya on the world map including producing the first Africa-American president of the most powerful country in the world-America. Our Luhya brothers with their well-built athletic bodies constitute a huge chunk of the national rugby 7s team that has made a print in the world of rugby placing the country on a very high standing globally. We cannot deny the fact that our Kikuyu brothers are blessed with the knack of exploring business and investment opportunities hence contributing significantly to the expansion of Kenya’s economy even beyond the borders. The rich culture of the Maa community is known worldwide prompting huge inflows of tourists from across the world hence enhancing the country’s economy through tourism. The Coastal region on the other hand is the capital of warmth and hospitality thanks to the communities in the region that have been endowed with that skill by the creator so much so that every other holiday folks from up country fill buses and planes to take their families and friends for leisure in Coast. Even the smallest of tribes in Kenya have got a unique attribute that has a contribution to the well-being of the whole nation.
We have reasons sufficient to not trivialize our tribes and celebrate them because they are God’s creation and he saw that it was good.