The Kenyan Tribal Test
Are You A Tribalist? Here is a quick test to help you find out for sure…
At the sight of this article headline, you sigh and wonder why this
blogger just keeps on bringing up this boring topic of tribalism and why
he keeps on insisting that it is the major issue in Kenya today while
you know every well it is not. You don't need a psychologist to tell you
that every time you hit a raw nerve or you start getting touchy, iko
(b) What is the tribe of your spouse? Did you fall in love
with somebody else first (of a different tribe) but chose to marry your
current spouse because "it was the wise thing to do?"
worse, are you married to a member of another tribe but view the
marriage as temporary and look at your children as belonging to a
different tribe from yourself? Do you frequently make comments of your
children like; "you certainly did not pick up that habit from our
first wife was a Kikuyu and in the first few years of our marriage her
friends used to greet her with the remarks, "Are you still with that
(d) Do you get a warm comfortable feeling whenever you see on TV or read about a presidential candidate hailing from your tribe?
(e) Do you get abusive to this blogger over his comments on tribalism in Kenya?
When you meet a person for the first time, do you subconsciously
reserve your judgement until you find out what tribe they are? The way
to tell this is when the first question you really want to ask every
time, is what tribe they are, but instead you ask leading questions
like, how do you spell your second name? Or "who do you think should be
the next president?"
(g) Do you remain unmoved when Kenya wins
yet another 3,000 metres steeplechase race, just because the winner
reminds you of Moi's tenure as president? The facts are that no tribe
has brought more positive international glory to Kenya than the runners
who mostly hail from the Kalenjin tribe.
Are you one of those people who made a certain tribal radio station an
overnight success? Are you one of the people who saw red when it looked
like President Moi was about to ban that particular radio station?
(i) Do you always look at the national soccer side selections in terms of which tribe has the majority of players?
(j) Do you feel irritated whenever you hear a certain tribal language being used in your presence or within ear shot?
(k) Do you believe that some tribes are more corrupt than others?
(l) Do you always love to talk your mother tongue at the least excuse?
(m) Do you use your mother tongue to gossip about people even when they are within hearing range?
(n) Do you get a warm fuzzy feeling every time somebody talks to you in your mother tongue?
Do you insist on conversing in your mother tongue even when you know
that there are several people in your company or around you who do not
understand it? It matters little that you take the trouble to translate
what you have said later.
(p) Look at your email in box now. Is
most of the mail you receive from members of a particular tribe? Could
that tribe happen to be the same tribe that your mother and father
(q) Do you always visit a certain web site that bears the name of your tribe?
(r) Or even worse, does your email address contain the name of your tribe somewhere?
you have answered all these questions honestly, and have answered at
least 50% of the questions (9 of them) with a "NO" then there is hope
for you and I want to give you a free gift to encourage you to shed
every element of tribalism in you and those close to you. To claim your FREE gift send an email now to; email@example.com
you have answered all the questions "NO" then you are a true
non-tribalist patriot and no reward can be good enough for you. You are amongst
the very few in our banana republic that the country needs very, very
badly just now. Kudos and please let's join hands to make a difference
in our country.