[Editorial] We don't need lessons from the Kenyan election drama

Kenya’s election petition and the overthrow of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory is the talk of town, or the world to be precise.

Kenya’s election petition and the overthrow of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory is the talk of town, or the world to be precise.

The air waves are flooded with talk like: “Kenya should serve as an example to other African countries”, a narrative that helps prop up the stereotype of Africa always needing lessons.

They believe that they are the guardians of judicial values, a very paternalistic and patronizing attitude. One just needs to sample all major media outlets to gauge the feeling. But the icing on the cake comes from western diplomats based in Kenya who sound like proud parents whose children performed well under their guidance.

Why don’t they, for once, give credit where it is due? That a Supreme Court ruled against a sitting African president and the latter respected the ruling gracefully? They had expected the opposite, which is why they are still reeling in shock and are lost for words.

But what is most frustrating is that African media houses have sadly jumped on the bandwagon and continue to perpetuate the same shallow narrative.

African media bodies always sing about coming together to tell their own story, but it is just turning out to be mere talk and no action. We are our own enemies because we continue to abet a neo-colonial labeling. When will we learn and stand on our own two feet to define ourselves?

Unfortunately Africa is not a country and should not be defined as such, nor should many media houses in Africa help fuel that philosophy.

 

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