Leadership and Patriotism, Going back to our National anthem

Ee Mungu Nguvu Yetu
Swahili Version English translation
First stanza

Ee Mungu nguvu yetu
Ilete baraka kwetu
Haki iwe ngao na mlinzi
Natukae kwa Undugu
Amani na uhuru
Raha tupate na ustawi.

O God of all creation
Bless this our land and nation
Justice be our shield and defender
May we dwell in unity
Peace and liberty
Plenty be found within our borders.

Second stanza

Amkeni ndugu zetu
Tufanye sote bidii
Nasi tujitoe kwa nguvu
Nchi yetu ya Kenya
Tuwe tayari kuilinda

Let one and all arise
With hearts both strong and true
Service be our earnest endeavour
And our homeland of Kenya
The heritage of splendour
Firm may we stand to defend

Third stanza

Natujenge taifa letu
Ee, ndio wajibu wetu
Kenya istahili heshima
Tuungane mikono
Pamoja kazini
Kila siku tuwe na shukrani

Let all with one accord
In common bond united
Build this our nation together
And the glory of Kenya
The fruit of our labour
Fill every heart with thanksgiving.

Peace, Love and Unity…those were the days of Nyayo era, they say. It was also this era that patriotism was at its apex, in fact many patriotic songs were composed. Of course not blinded to the other side of the coin. Never mind, patriotism was laid firm then.
This week, i got an exciting area of thought and a challenge to us all- Our  national anthem.
I have said not once, twice but many times that we, Kenyans have one of the best National anthems in the world. Our lag too, which is a symbol of our unity is great.
Thinking and singing through the stanzas, one realizes that God walked with the men who composed it for us. I think this prayer should be sung everyday in homes, churches and every time Kenyans meet.
Making it a prayer is in itself powerful and i believe if we did it so faithfully we’d not need Kibunja’s team to prefect over cohesion and reconciliation matters amongst us. Don’t you think so?
The song literally has all we need: a prayer to God for blessings, for peaceful co existence, call to nation building and hard work among other citizenry duties.
The anthem also evokes emotions of great humility, commitment and patriotism as one keenly goes through the stanzas. Am sure such emotions are the likes we see when our sportsmen and women are moved on international podiums receiving Gold, Silver and bronze medals.
Personally, I have had time to sing the anthem 4 times this month in church during our advocacy and governance series and its changed me totally.
I challenge all of us to go back to this prayer that laid foundation of our nation and has brought us thus far- 49 years of prosperity.
Ee Mungu, nguvu yetu, translated Oh God of all Creation. As a way of affirming that yes, we need to go back to our national anthem and be committed to leadership that indeed brings honor to our land and people, kindly share this among all your friends. Lets share patriotism, lets love and cherish our land, its people and all it has-minerals, talent, wildlife, tribes, valleys, mountains…
Have a blessed week and 2nd half of 2012.

3 responses to “Leadership and Patriotism, Going back to our National anthem

  1. Indeed, Let one and all arise, With hearts both strong and true, Service be our earnest endeavour… Build this our nation together.
    If our leaders could give service to the citizens not the vices we see all over.
    This is awesome….

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