It’s been a while!
Thursday, July 30th, 2015 @ 7:12AM
With good reason, the last weekend uplifted the spirit of the Kenyan people. We were honoured to welcome Barack Obama, the President of the United States of America. His visit was a moment of national pride that also united us as a people; many smiled together. It’s fitting that the first sitting US president to visit our country not only has Kenya as his home but is also proud of his Kenyan heritage.
I also commend President Kenyatta and the government for being a good host and for putting Kenya on the global map.
It is noteworthy that his visit was a celebration of entrepreneurship an area in which many of our people – young and old – are making great strides. The honour bestowed on our country to host the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2015 is as recognition of the potential we have and a celebration of the success of many of our people who have built successful business.
The entrepreneurs however need to be encouraged and facilitated. We must continue to create an enabling environment in which those who are willing to their skills are rewarded. The growth of many business ventures in Kenya that market their products locally and internationally will bring us much needed revenue, spur economic growth and create employment opportunities for our young people.
In this respect, the reform efforts and investment that have been ongoing in the country are commendable. Nonetheless, much remains to be done. We should heed Barack’s call and continue to pursue a path of good governance, eradicate corruption, guarantee security for our people and investments and enable our people to live up to their full potential.
Beyond his position and linkage with Kenya, our collective excitement around Barack Obama is because he is an embodiment of, in his words, ‘that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes, we can!’ On the acknowledgement that there are many like him who live and walk amongst us we can also echo the same creed ‘Tunawesmake’.
Dreams are valid. Let’s give build a better country so that all who are willing to work hard may achieve theirs.