I read our sister’s comments with utter indignation and bewilderment. At this day and age when everyone is calling for the emancipation of both people of color and gender, one of our sisters comes along and loudly states that we are all subscribing to Western culture by refusing to accept the practice of battering women into submission. She moreover sees no issue in that certain men are prone to the use of terror in a desperate attempt at subjugation. Make no mistake, physical violence is the worst form of terror there is. Victims of this kind of violence are unsure of when the next blow will be delivered and live in a state of being perpetual afraid and forced docility, being effectively transformed into walking and taking zombies. I wonder who would like a life partner of this sort.
Our sister most certainly needs enlightenment and emancipation from her asocial attitude that reflects on the state of her self-esteem. A lesson in history may perhaps begin the process of her re-assimilation into civilized society. Before African societies were colonized, violence towards the weak and especially those closest to you was not tolerated. Men who beat on their wives or children were ostracized and paid heavy fines if they were to be accepted back into the fold. This is because women were recognized as the nucleus of the family and at the very core of cohesive society. Then the colonialist came along with his definition of civilization where the African was defined as sub-human, related to the beasts of the field.
The African was also treated as such. Beatings and other atrocities were meted out often and with impunity. All in the name of subjugating the African into obedience without question. This treatment robbed the African man of his manhood and he was indoctrinated him into believing that this kind of treatment built character. Soon whips were cracking and howling their message in African homes spelling the end of our civilization as a people. The colonialist looked on with satisfaction at his creation, reasoning that this was to be expected because any race of people NOT springing from the Homo sapiens would rather die defending love ones than chastise them as heavily as their conquerors did. It went only to confirm what was widely seen at the time as modern anthropology in the home countries of the colonialist. Western scientists had advanced their theory of the races where the African was described as being mentally inferior and processing the intelligence of a European child. This “scientific fact” has been passed down to the descendants of the colonialists even to this age, and is used behind the scenes to explain the failures in our countries and lives in general.
With this same history lesson in mind, our sister plays into the hands of those that would label us as savages and uncivilized. She actually confirms the biased notion of the African being intellectually inferior, especially so being a woman that is advocating for the use of violence on women. Makes on sense at all! I urge our sister to reconsider her stand, if not; the best contribution she would make to our society is sign up as a study for one of our African brothers or sisters in the fields of psychology and psychiatry. This would make a fine contribution and afford the African community acclaim in the advancement of the study of post-traumatic stress syndrome of which most definitely ails Kenyan Madona.
Harambee Stars striking problems could be solved by Taiwo Atieno, a 23-year old Kenyan who plays in Puetorico Islanders.
He was born Taiwo Leo Awuonda Atieno in Brixton, South London in 1985 to a former Nation Newspapers correspondent Moussa Awuonda and English mother Brigit Mary Glaisher.
He came back to Kenya on Sunday to trace some his family in Alego. During his 12-day visit to Kenya, Atieno hopes to meet Harambee Stars coach Francis Kimanzi to push his case.
“It has been my dream to play for Kenya since I was 13 and I know people may question my interest in the team,” Atieno admitted in an exclusive interview with Nation Sports Desk on Monday.
What he wants is a chance to show his potential and is ready to be called for trials by the Harambee Stars technical bench.
Atieno is aware of Kenya’s lethal striker Dennis Oliech who plies his trade in France for Auxerre.
“I understand he is quick which is good because I am also fast and we could compliment each other,” he added.
There is no doubt in Atieno’s mind that Kenya could qualify for the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa in a tough Pool which also has Nigeria, Tunisia and Mozambique.
He observes that Kenyan players are athletically well built and Harambee Stars could do with a target player comparable to England’s Emile Heskey and Peter Crouch.
Atieno who is strong in the air with a good burst of speed believes these attributes would help Oliech or any other player get into space to bang in the goals.
He is sure his presence in the team could add more interest in Harambee Stars players in the UK, USA and other countries.
For a player who passed a chance to play for the Pueterico national team last year, Atieno would like to be a bridge between Kenya and other countries.
“My long term plan is to establish links between Kenyan teams and others from the UK or USA,” Atieno revealed.
The bottom line is that Atieno is ready to fight for a place in Harambee Stars and leave a mark.
He started playing soccer at eight at Charlton Athletic’s youth team before moving to Walswall Football Club in the Midlands at 14.
He turned professional at 16 with the championship side Walswall FC. In 2006, he moved to Tamworth FC and scored 13 goals in 28 matches.
It was in 2007 that Atieno joined Pueterico Islanders who compete in American League One. They won the league last year with Atieno scoring 13 goals.
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