A few months after Mike Sonko became the governor of Nairobi. He allowed Kenyans to take pictures in Nairobi without anyone questioning their intentions. This was although followed by different Opinions. Some Kenyans supported the move but others had different feelings.
Those who agreed with the governor based their arguments of promoting and showcasing the city. Which in my opinion I fully support. On the other hand, those who opposed the move based their on Terrorism. Both of this reasons can be debatable but what everyone forgot to talk about was something no one expected to be an issue – especially in Nairobi.
Well I am not here to act all saint but I also believe in fairness when it comes to how our society sees things. A few days ago the hashtag #IfikieWazazi was trending for more than 48 hours. This was after someone started it because of what has been happening during photoshoots in the CBD of Nairobi.
Some photos have been going around of young men and women posing in racy photoshoots and therefore #KOT decided to do what they do best. ROASTIN!! Over 3000 tweets were sent through the hashtag some mocking the occurances while others had no problems with the photoshoots. This is what democracy is all about and I am proud to see that we are growing as a country.
Everyone is entitled to his/her opinion.
Wait, there’s a Sunday I saw many groups of youngsters in town taking pictures and I was proud of how they were pursuing their photography talents..they were taking these raunchy pictures?!!..these kids are so stupid..lost generation, but who’s fault is it? #IfikieWazazi..
— Ben Kitili (@Ben_Kitili) April 12, 2018
Who is really to blame?
As Ben Kitili had put it. Who is to blame for this? The answer for this would be no one but whoever came up with the hashtag. The movement was not started to empower this youthful kenyans but was meant to shame and make anyone with a camera look bad.
Whatever was being done on this photos has nothing to do with the photographers or the children’s parents or the government. People who retweeted and tweeted about this issue acted as if their lives are as white as milk.
The society is changing rapidly and we need to embrace it. Most Kenyans are hypocrites when it comes to the issue of nudity and morals. Kenyans tend to base their ‘righteousness’ on religion just to make their case. But the truth is we are Africans and nudity is embroiled deep down our DNA.
— Mwaniki Wanjiku (@mwanikiiwanjiku) April 13, 2018
Instead of having double standards about this kids, we should at least try to inform and educate them on the importance of self respect. This young men and women did nothing wrong in their eyes.
Even if you fikisha kwa wazazi that won’t make a difference The least a parent can do is scolding but it will change nothing. Nudity and sex is everywhere nowadays so once they step out they will still be exposed. Exposed from the internet, friends and even society itself.
I just hope we can do better as a society and become aware of the changing trends. We should at least deal with this ‘problem’ like how we treated My dress my choice situation.