Kenyan celebs only get political when their stomachs are threatened and that is not wrong
Kenyan celebrities such as Khaligraph Jones, Dj Joe Mfalme and all the rest only ever get political when their stomachs are on the line and while this seems like a self-serving trait, it is actually how we are supposed to engage in political discourse.
You see, Kenyan celebs are inherently selfish. The likes of Khaligraph Jones and DJ Joe Mfalme, Bahati and all your favourite acts are all just driven by their stomachs. They do not care whether or not things go right for you or the rest of the nation unless it affects their bottom line and at that point, they begin to rally people to their cause.
This is actually done for two reasons that IQ want us to delve deeper into so I can prove that this is actually how the rest of Kenyans should engage in politics and with politicians especially if we want a mature democracy rather than the low IQ political discourse that usually happens centred around tribal and ethnic political thinking.
Kenyan celebrities are just beginning to talk publicly about the national lockdown and curfew that is in force and they are doing so because they more than anyone else have been disproportionately affected and they are losing income and they can no longer perform at night and even public gatherings are restricted. And the reason they are doing this is that they are usually beholden to politicians who are either their patrons or whose supporters will divide themselves along tribal lines meaning celebs can actually lose face an fans by supporting the wrong political factions.
A case in point would be with BBI that is currently being debated. Can you imagine a Jaluo artist publicly saying they are against it when the Luo lynchpin and kingmaker, Raila Odinga has been canvassing the country drumming up support for BBI? Or someone from Ruto’s backyard saying they support BBI. That could be career suicide.
And so Khaligraph Jones and Octopizzo cannot really be seen to be going against the grain of their ethnicity. So you have to understand why they avoid getting political unless their pockets are being affected.
Then there is the real reason why Kenyan celebs are smart for only speaking when their stomachs are affected: that is what politics is all about -self-interest. Too often, Kenyans vote against their own self-interest simply because their political chieftain and the sycophantic witchdoctors they keep around them tell them it is what is in the best interest for their tribe.
If there is anything we should learn from Kenyan celebs such as Khaligraph Jones, DJ Joe Mfalme and all the others calling for the country to be unlocked is that we should only ever engage our political leaders to guide their agendas… No, to demand that their agendas reflect our interests. demand your MP goes to parliament and pushes for some sort of social security for you if your job has been affected by the lockdowns. Insist your governor put in place measures to protect you from getting kicked out of your home or you and your family having to sleep hungry.
And I can only hope that our mind;ling intelligence celebrities can now learn how to plan well in advance and see that their self interests should not only be addressed when things are dire. They need to start protecting themselves well in advance.