Kenya is blessed in ways we can’t fully express. The country is rich in resources, values, traditions and the people too. By virtue of the fact that we belong to the same geographical area, we are united. However, this isn’t all; the National Anthem too unites us.
Kenya National Anthem
We have grown up singing the national anthem since primary school. I bet most of us wouldn’t have learnt it were it not a requirement. This song we always sing while hoisting and lowering the flag is not just a song. It is a prayer and call for unity.
Kiswahili English 1 1 Ee Mungu nguvu yetu O God of all creation Ilete baraka kwetu Bless this our land and nation Haki iwe ngao na mlinzi Justice be our shield and defender Natukae na udugu May we dwell in unity Amani na uhuru Peace and liberty Raha tupate na ustawi. Plenty be found within our borders. 2 2 Amkeni ndugu zetu Let one and all arise Tufanye sote bidii With hearts both strong and true Nasi tujitoe kwa nguvu Service be our earnest endeavour Nchi yetu ya Kenya And our homeland of Kenya Tunayoipenda Heritage of splendour Tuwe tayari kuilinda Firm may we stand to defend. 3 3 Natujenge taifa letu Let all with one accord Ee, ndio wajibu wetu In common bond united Kenya istahili heshima Build this our nation together Tuungane mikono And the glory of Kenya Pamoja kazini The fruit of our labour Kila siku tuwe na shukrani Fill every heart with thanksgiving.
What Is In This Song?
The 18 lines contained in each anthem (English/Swahili) are full of values that are important to us as a country.
Justice, peace, unity, liberty, one accord, thanksgiving just to mention but a few are some of the values mentioned in the anthem.
Questions have been raised about the mastery of language by the composers. There are those who ask why the translation from English to Swahili doesn’t seem to make sense.
It doesn’t make sense because it shouldn’t make sense. The Swahili anthem isn’t a translation of the English one but a whole new song on its own.
Therefore, it is safe to say that we have two national anthems.
Kenya National Anthem Devotional.
Last Thursday I had the pleasure of meeting one woman so passionate about our country an the generations to come; Joyce Mwangi.
Her love for the national anthem has led her to publish a book titled “Kenya National Anthem Devotional”. This is a book packed with information about the values we are to derive from our national anthem but instead overlook.
Herein lies possible reasons for us to stop operating based on tribal biases but as a people of one accord.
We have a long way to go to achieve the unity we mention as we sing this anthem, but it is possible to attain it as long as we purpose to.
I wish you a thoughtful week, cheers!