Friday, 12 December 2014

East or West, home is best

Today is Kenya's independence day. On this day in 1963, the Brits said au revoir and we in turn became a self-governed nation. Lots about that has been good; quite a bit has been bad. However, we've been at it for only 51 years so, not bad considering. Come and see us in 2 or 3 centuries and God willing, it will be mostly good stuff to report, and, everyone will want to come and live there J We're therefore getting ahead of the crowd, and planning our big move back (after being away nearly 20 years) for sometime next year. To get our hearts stirred and the love for Kenya rekindled, we present the National Anthem and a well-known local ditty (translations below both videos)

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 undugu                   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.

Hello Sir
Hello, Hello sir,
How are you
I am fine

Visitors are welcome,
to our Kenya; don't worry

Kenya is a nice country
Don't worry

A country of wonder
Don't worry

A country of peace
Don't worry

Don't worry
Don't worry
Everybody; don't worry
you're all welcome

don't worry
Don't worry
don't worry ( till end)

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