This is an interview with Nimzy who also happens to be one of our writers. Nimzy comes from Kenya and is well educated with excellent insight into her country. Like many others, she seeks to be an entrepreneur and self-employed with sustainable income. I'm sure we can all relate to that.
KBK: What is your name?
N: My name is Nimzy
KBK: What country are you from?
N: I am from Africa in a country called Kenya.
KBK: How was it growing up for you in Kenya?
N: Growing up in Kenya is a great privilege for me. Despite the challenges, I love growing up here. Basically, this is where I was born and brought up and it feels good because of all the freedom I have as a person together with the culture in the country.
KBK: What languages do you speak?
N: I am a Kenyan native so I speak Kiswahili and English because these two are the national languages for this country. I also speak Kalenjin because I come from a community called Kalenjin (my mother tongue), who are also known as the highland nilotes.
KBK: What was education and school life like for you?
N: The country has an education system called 8-4-4, which constitutes of 8 primary classes 4 high school classes (forms) and 4 years of University. I attended sunshine academy primary school, proceeded to alliance girls school then later joined the university of Nairobi. My school education in Kenya was not very fulfilling and impressive as compared to the western schools. We had inadequate number of teachers and the schools were not well equipped with adequate learning materials. We had to share one textbook among three students. The education system is often faced with frequent strikes due pay rise issues by teachers and lecturers.
KBK: What is the culture like in your country?
N: The Kenyan culture is very diverse with multiple trends from the different communities. The country has a total of 43 tribes who have their own cultures. These diverse cultures are expressed through music, dance, theatre, food, people, language and art of the various ethnic Kenyan groups, hence making it engaging in trying to understand other cultures.
KBK: What are the effects of colonialism and foreign influences in your neighborhood or country?
N: In Kenya, colonialism led to increased international trade and development of infrastructure which greatly improved and new technology was brought. However, foreign influence affected the norms and ethics of the country negatively. Most people in our community have abandoned our traditions and become modernized or rather, westernized.
KBK: What is the economy and finding a job like?
N: The job markets in Kenya require people with a lot of technical skills. As days go by, so does the challenges of getting jobs grow. Currently, there are many graduates who have graduated, but they still don’t have jobs. Most youths and graduates have sought to open their own small businesses or start farming so that they can have develop themselves economically and financially. Government jobs are very rare to get, while private companies pay less compared to the services offered. Generally finding a job is a bit hard, but the economy is better.
KBK: What are your goals for yourself and your family?
N: I dream to get self-employed, have my own businesses, and help elevate my family members from middle class to higher standards of living.
KBK: How can black people in America and Europe help?
N: Black Americans can help Kenya by investing in their resources in Kenya and creating industries with the foreign skills which they have acquired. This will help increase the job opportunities for the many unemployed Kenyans. Europe should liaise with the government and provide programs that can help the education system of the country by providing scholarships and even advance technology in learning.
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