A man willing to work and unable to find work is perhaps the gloomiest sight that fortunes inequality exhibits under this sun and this seems to be the fate of the Kenyan youth as Thomas Carlyle aptly put it.
The unemployment rate stands at 48% officially (2009) and many argue that the rate could be as high as 70%.
But who is to blame for the grim fate that faces the Kenyan youth? Is it the government? Is their parents’ generation? Or lack of a mentorship environment that would enable them learn from others?
Several interviews have been carried out this week by various media houses targeting the youth and their quest for fame, wealth and riches. One disappointing thread did emerge; a majority of the Kenyan youth interviewed said they would love to swim with the sharks for quick gains and not sweat for anything.
What has taken our parents and guardians over 30 years to get, the Kenyan youth wants it in under three months by doing nothing but playing PS, going out and drinking and eating weed cookie as they tweet and facebook on how cool it is and frown upon those who are doing something about their environment; to make it better and move from poverty to wealth.
Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime and crime has indeed been prevalent in the country, especially in the last few months. All sorts of violence that has crossed the realms of humanity to bestiality and babies are all perpetrated by the so called youth.
This has been blamed on lack of jobs and unemployment. True, jobs are few and those created are in the informal sector. 78% of jobs created every year for the past ten years are in the informal sector. A sector that the Kenyan youth cannot associate with, as they find beneath their class, that they exhibit on social media platforms.
They find it degrading to their social status and dignity that they so pretend to hold as they tweet away.
I believe the youth hold the key to creating employment for themselves and others in this country, yet we squander this opportunity every single day.
The Uwezo Fund has come and it is about to be dispensed with and the Kenyan youth continued tweeting and sexting as the government sought their views on how to implement this fund that would ultimately create 1 million direct jobs and another 3 million indirect jobs to the youth through entrepreneurship.
But yet again, the Kenyan youth will ask you, what is entrepreneurship? We seem to have an affinity for employment and its benefits that holds them hostage as the chalice of debt finds comfort around their necks. I believe 70% of the Kenyan youth know more about socialites in Kenya than we know about entrepreneurship and its benefits.
This government has presented us with opportunities as youth that if we could larch at them, then no one would stop us. The Uwezo Fund, The Youth Fund, the various business opportunities in the 47 counties, not to mention the Sh450 billion that the president just signed with the Chinese for our economy, transport and wildlife.
These are huge opportunities that only entrepreneurship can be able to activate and create the needed jobs and wealth.
Materialism coarsens and petrifies everything, making everything vulgar, and every truth false. We live in a society that promotes materialism and so we perpetuate this particular malady by instilling bad habits into our lifestyles. Being poor is now a curse.
We all act as if we come from rich backgrounds.