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Of #hashtag activists

Dear Activists,

Perhaps I have never really understood how activism works, you see I am just a journalist.

It disturbs me each day when I recall how 276 girls were kidnapped in Nigeria, something that took the world about 3 weeks to notice.

Over lunch a few weeks ago I mentioned to a friend how I was at a complete loss following the overflow of “Hash tag activism” that even got the attention of #Flotus among many other leaders locally and internationally.

But several weeks later, only 50 girls gave been reunited with their families,  (I hope to God that it is true) leaving 226 still missing. The offial number communicated in 219 girls still missing, I don’t know what happened to the 7.

Now the world has gone silent on #bringbackourgirls.

If this doesn’t call for change of tack in the world of activism,  then you should hang your brand new boots because there’s no *walking* on those twitter streets.

Once upon a time, Noise = Activism,  but the world has changed since then.

The same strategy Cleopatra used to win over Kings and Kingdoms isn’t what Angela Merkel would use woo anyone anymore,
no one bathes in milk and honey anymore.

However, I agree that there are forms of activism, depending on sector, target market and agenda that twitter could do well in, saying calling for calm, or in the case of the Arab spring, connect and create a unified front for citizens.

We will not find the missing #Malaysianflight on those lean 140 word streets.

I believe I can safely say, and I hope you can agree with me; that Twitter hashtags will not #bringbackourgirls nor #FreePeterGreste.

In Kenya though, they will make your posterior trend,  worldwide. I digress,  like a true a Kenyan.

The New age activists will have to go back to the drawing board and find intriguing and fresh ways of creating social change in the Social Media world to reflect current trends, here at home and please do check across the pond as well.

Sigh.Just a few words from a #hashtagaddict

Yours in respect,

Terryanne Chebet.

PS: picture attached was forwarded to me via WhatsApp. If you created it I’d like to attribute it to you, please send a message. 

Leadership, Caroline Mutoko and why I’m happy about KTDC

I am fascinated by leadership.

I constantly ask myself what it is about leaders that make them stand out, or how they manage to be the ones charting out the path for others to follow. How do they convince others that their plan, strategy and ideas are what others should believe in, and take them up as if it were their own, with such passion and infectious energy?

When I heard that Caroline Mutoko had been appointed the chair of the Kenya Tourism Development Corporation, my leadership alert perked.

Caroline Mutoko is a leader. No doubt. We have seen her in action, on the streets, on Radio, and when recently watched her on CNN’s African voices, I wondered, how one person can garner so much leadership essentials, and how she manages to not only run a high level career, maintain a genuine patriotism for a country whose leaders she constantly contests, and still be a doting mother.

Now, Tourism is topmost in the Kenyan agenda. Ms Mutoko displays through her steel hand a constant thrust for excellence. People who have worked with her speak of her unwavering resolve in pushing boundaries. We need such leadership at government level.

I hope Ms Mutoko takes up the position.

If (when) she does, I will be among those cheering her on, hoping that her infectious vitality will be felt in the not so much known KTDC. I hope, also that she will be part of the leadership that will examine and rewrite Kenya’s tourism strategy, as we are, without a doubt still playing way below our league. I hope she will steer KTDC into the ICT century, to take advantage of the online world and to create new conversations about Kenya.

I hope Caroline will help create a visible brand out of the organisation that facilitates the growth of investment in Kenya’s tourism Industry; it is the cradle that births the millions of dollars that come in every year to our economy.

I hope Caroline will lead a team that shares in her sense for determination and tenacity as we have seen her do in other matters.

My fear though, is that this is a Public Institution, and it may swallow her the way I think it has done to MIT’s Fiery Mugo Kibati, of Vision 2030. I digress.

Nonetheless, I have learned that every organisation requires a leader that is constantly seeking sustained excellence, one who will transform it from good to great. By appointing her, the government has stamped her leadership status. I know, that these are the leaders we need to take Kenya to the next level.

I wish Caroline the very best.