First of all mama loves you and she would fight all the demons in this world to save you, give you the best so that you would make it and be the best real friend even though you would doubt my advices. The world as it is was not anywhere near this but thanks to revolution, technology, development advancements things now pretty look like this.
When mama came into this world, things were a bit cool and hell had not gone loose. Communities loved and lived peacefully, radicalization into gangs were unheard of, outbreak of diseases were rare, television and radio stations were countable, fashion had really not hit us but then realized it is a cycle of old fashion pimped into modernity (have a look at granny’s photo album), presidents would rule for several terms, the shilling had not gone berserk and mama’s favorite sweets would go for 50cents. Communication was through letters and I first got an electronic gadget after completing my high school level. Movies back then were of a famous disk joker known as Afro who would translate them, cassettes played my music and that is how I fell in love with the classics.
I must say your grandparents had a way of raising me up that I envy and should probably borrow a leaf. You see a spank did not work if I did something wrong, a thorough beating would go hand in hand to make me the disciplined person I am. The same applied in the schools I was enrolled in before the government changed the laws and the aggressive teachers had to do away with the canes. Am not planning to use a cane but how I pray that you will hear my advices and not act “I-know-it- all” on me.
Traditional meals did and have always made us look this healthy and young. With the plenty recipes at hand I would be disappointed if you only depended on junk food for survival. Cancer, diabetes are just examples of lifestyle diseases consuming our dear ones on a daily basis. Arrow roots, sweet potatoes, yams, cassava, might make you feel like you chewing a rock and stuck on the 19th century, replace them with more unbalanced diets but if you did your veggies, drank water, ate fruits and exercised regularly then I would have no problem.
Nature and site seeing has been a hobby and maybe it will be for you. You will notice that national parks will have either one elephant, a rhino if the poaching menace comes to a halt. Back then when I used to visit, they were in plenty until humanity was deprived from some few goons who hunted them to enrich themselves. It will be very sad for you to see these animals in journals, national geographic programs and miss the face to face encounter. The environment is key in our eco system and the three words to always remember is recycle, reduce and reuse.
Thanks to evolving the old is gone and new things have come up but at a price some pay up dearly. We have a new constitution that has been driving other people mad, transport has been eased up with the construction of a railway line set to boost the economy through regional integration. Expansion projects on airports, ports and roads will make the country an envy to many as we impact our social, economic and political goals. 2015 almost midway the millennium development goals have now been renamed to sustainable development goals, but that does not mean we are to leave them at that. Various institution, individuals and organizations have initiated projects to foresee that conquering these goals comes to reality.
Vision 2030 is our dream. By the time you are of age gears will have shifted a notch higher and maybe not be called a developing nation but be like the G8 nations. Artists in different arenas from music, films, drawing, dancing, publishing books have taken it all and represented our continent in major platforms not forgetting we have the fastest runners, best women volleyball team and the rugby players all who have won the nation many accolades. We are an all-round country as you can see.
However, we are still recovering from vices like corruption, ethnic clashes, terrorism, insecurity, inflation that continue to hinder our success. Loyalty, love, peace have been replaced by hatred and selfish motives that spur up major debates almost on a daily basis. Efforts have and are still been made to curb this. Woe unto you if you embrace them into your generation and this will be the end of a nation.
I fathom am to bring you up in a rotten generation where hard work will rarely be heard of and technology will be your daily bread as you Google almost everything, drown as you try to keep up with the latest trends and lose your creativity in the way. Well, books too have answers but even completing a 100 page book might prove to be a challenge. Books will continue to be written by the famous Chinua Achebe, Ngugi wa Thiong’o but unless we cultivate a culture as early as now book stores might run dry and mama’s shelf might never have a book added unto it. Fifa, need for speed, god of war, call of duty games if not replaced by any other might keep you glued to the screen and hate it when I call or send you in the middle of your play. I also love playing them and maybe this shall strengthen our bond as a fun indoor thing as I try to look up for other channels to bond.
Bouncing or cat-walking in the latest fashion and gadgets on the streets all for attention sake in your adolescent age might be the norm. At this stage am prepared with all the talk from sex (since exposure will be on high alert), drugs, peer pressure, sexual orientation (more so in the gay, bisexual and transgender), molestation name them. You will try and throw a party in my house if am away, take my car but only hard work will earn you a Bugatti, bungalow and live your life but mama’s things are out of reach. Luckily, if I play my cards well I will be a senior somewhere with resources at my disposal but that should not trigger your mind that you can have your cake and eat it. I shall not teach you the easy way but you shall learn the hard way with my ultimate guidance, spoiling you only if you deserve it.
Cruising the world as we hop from country to country might be our vacations after we finish exploring our magical land with all it has to offer. This is not as to caress your ego but teach you how to appreciate and love the diverse cultures starting with the 42 in my motherland. To also instill respect and honor in your interactions with different backgrounds. Having been brought up in a Christian family, I shall try to drag you to church even when you whine just to let you know there is a living God who needs to be praised and worshiped.
In your life you will encounter a vulnerable child who wishes to be in your shoes. Do not look down upon them but be their brother or sister’s keeper. Lastly am not bringing you in this world to live, copy paste what has already been done and achieved. Let the genius in you out, make a difference and impact lives.
Hmmmm you are not conceived yet neither have I found that man to whom you shall call papa. Am still searching as they call it and begin that journey of nurturing and molding you. Before then, this are my tutorials on some of the things am to do, say and act upon.