Opinion / Politics

A deadbeat dad?

by nekessa

Last week I interviewed Edwin Okon’go a Kenyan journalist who used to live here in the Twin Cities. Edwin had just returned from a trip in Kenya where he had been researching “The Obama effect on the land of Obama’s father.” Anyway, I am interested in the take of MinneAfricans on Kenya being a deadbeat dad. Edwin’s argument:

In my view, Kenya is acting like a deadbeat dad who only returns many years later to claim credit for his son’s success. Kenyans refuse to accept that they did not raise Obama and, therefore, they should not expect him to understand their problems.

My interview with Edwin here.

Edwin’s video from his Kenyan trip– a very interesting journey that Edwin takes drawing parallels between his own life and that of the Senator from Illinois.


3 thoughts on “A deadbeat dad?

  1. ok, I kind of have to agree with him but it also depends on who you talk to.

    Some people have the expectation that once he is in office all these doors will be opened for Kenyan people. Just because he has Kenyan roots, it doesnt mean that he will jump to helping Kenyans.

    His first and only priority is the US and some people just dont get that. They have high expectations which will be dashed once they realise that he is not going to jump to helping Kenyans first.

    On the other hand, for some people it is just the idea that someone who has such close Kenyan roots (a Kenyan’s son, not just a Kenyan’s great grandson) is going to be an American president. Something that has always seemed so impossible is now coming to be a reality and very much a possibility.

  2. What people don’t realize is the US election process represents all that our country,Kenya ,has failed to intergrate into society.

    Many people know that Obama may not change our society or economy, but with Kenya’s judicial and legislative system that clearly does not represent the common man (Kenyan), why not look up to the American elections which represent a Kenyan (even if he may have a little drop of our blood), with the knowledge that his loss or success will likely be a product of fair elections.

    The coment on “Kenya acting like a deadbeat dad” is a bit harsh considering what Kenya just came out of due to Post Election Violence. We’re regrouping as one community, and believe me if you were in Kenya at this moment, you would notice how much the US elections have brought different tribes together.

    Let’s celebrate Obama, please, because these elections will ultimately open up the eyes of those who run our country; to add onto this if the United States can overcame racial prejudice why can’t Kenya overcome ethnic tensions? We learn from Example!

    I am proud of Kenyans for shouting out loud in their support for the next president of the United States, Barack Obama!

  3. I saw it here first. As a son of a single mum I’ve been amused by Kenya’s infatuation and sudden recogition of Obama as a ‘son’ of the nation. The dailies’ hyping of his Kenyan connection has been almost pathetic. There are even talks of renovating Kisumu airport in case he decides to visit.

    One cannot deny the gracious nature of this great man. After all, how many people would go across the world back find a father who abandoned them at a young age? Perhaps it is a testament to a good upbringing devoid of bitterness and dimimution of the abstentee parent. Perhaps the Kenyan people will now start recognizing the challenges of single parenthood and demand that the government go after the deadbeats. Yes we can!

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