“How good something is should never be determined by its cost, designer, origin, or its perceived value by others.”
― Ashly Lorenzana
Dear Gerri Global Member,
So, last night while enjoying the moonlight, I had a brief meeting with myself. The meeting was about an epiphany I’d encountered a few minutes earlier that touched on faith.
Faith I now saw, was something we only held in mysticism, mostly associating it with religion. And from this association, we distorted all of its other meanings. In my solo meeting, I realized that every seemingly impossible feat that has ever been achieved by any human owed its success or completion to faith/confidence.
From where I come from, when we say that somebody has become successful, we see his face becoming fatter, fat belly, fat wallet, big house, fancy car and so forth.A big fat belly is considered a sign of wealth – not unhealthiness or obesity in my hood.
The power that runs things in this world is intangible. You can experience it - but you cannot touch it! Money is tangible/Its material.It’s an energy in its own sense. But as per now let’s talk of its material sense because we can touch it.
However, faith is intangible; and so is its 1st cousin or byproduct confidence. You can experience and feel it. But you can’t touch it. It’s not material.
This getting fat successful person will also tell you that it was their hard work, brains, or they fell upon a good job or deal, God bless e.t.c. They don’t understand how it became to be it either.
So what happened here?
What led to this new found happiness or success that’s making you fat?
And what has all this have to do with faith and the youth?
What happened is that over a certain period of time, you found something you were good at.And that which you found – (your talent, vocation) was in accordance with getting you money. And as you continued doing it bit by bit, your CONFIDENCE grew.
1st you have faith, 2ndly, you gain mileage through confidence and lastly you receive the material (cars, houses, sex partners, money Inclsv.)
Its not the money opening all these doors. That confidence is what is making you fatter, the confidence that if life throws at you a 2Mil problem right now you can easily and quickly solve it.
Your faith gives you the confidence, and you become much bolder, a risk taker. People admire you. They don’t have a clue that you’re just as clueless as them. So you live like a layman, you live ignorantly. Lot;s of satisfaction – but no grit. You aint the real deal bru!
If they took all what you think you have – you’re a dead man walking! You aint worth crap. Because all you have is material. But when you accept to look deeper, you will realize that It is the confidence that’s making you merry and happier. It’s the confidence you have at this time, that anything life throws your way, you can handle it. That being satisfied feeling is where your getting fat is coming from.
Simply put, You’re confident in your abilities.
It’s the intangible power inside you.
As for the connection between the youth and this faith;
According to how we’ve been bred, Material is very important to us.
Mr. Big Shot/Policy makers/Wazae/ Mabuuda e.t.c., if you’re looking to sell me your ideas or ideals, understand that my faith/confidence lies in the tangible (the material).
My thinking has been reset in a way that, if it looks good and has a materialistic effect like expensive or what’s in it for me attached to it, I figure it must be good.
Mzae, if you take a moment of silence and watch MTV, you’ll see people rapping, talking dirty – callin each other mean names like nigger, claiming they are gangsters, bling bling, flashy cars, money dropping from the sky, fancy houses, swag and twerking.
All what you see is material. And it’s worth a lot in our decision making and lifestyle. And yes we won’t simply accept it? I mean, materialistic? That’s so shallow, we were better raised, we went to church..
Actually a big part of that raising was done by TV… so yes material is what we’re constituted off and we won’t accept it to your face that easily, Unless of course, you can first …show us the money…
Do not sell me the same ol condom line, fancy it up a little bit, make the packaging attractive. I’ll be glad to buy it.
We buy fancy expensive phones and got nothing in our m-pesa accounts, we’re getting to buy cars on loans – some very expensive, with a meagre salary, we take out loans to do our flashy weddings. We drink daily yet don’t have a side biz, our only security is the salary and by the 14th of the month we’re usually broke.
Yet we got love for the material, material, material.
We’d rather buy a sleek looking Samsung than a well-equipped blackberry with all the features we require to do our work from anywhere, and yet the price for both phones are the same. The sleek one might be a bit higher actually.
What’s good to our eyes and can be complimented by a materialistic sense is the real thing to us. And that goes as far as the movies or programmes we watch on the tube or the people we associate ourselves with.
That’s why we now have trust fund kids running around of female species, looking like a doll with all that plastic surgery and a very touchable bubble butt. We have a name for them – we callthem socialists.
Pretty cool don’t you think?We just came up with that from thin air. 15 years ago where were you? Why didn’t you come up with that? You didn’t have this.
The major problem we have here is that most of ‘wazae’ especially ones calling the shots want to remain in their comfort zone.
Let me give you an example…like these companies looking to sell us stuff.
I don’t understand it. Let’s take 1 such company that has been around for most of us.
Bata advertises in newspapers when having its sales e.t.c. but there is 1 outstanding product from Bata which has received less airtime than most. Maybe it’s because it sells itself. I should think that is the reason. Or maybe they don’t have a policy to spend money on advertising.
Anyway, theSAFARI BOOT a.k.a. Sahara, Sakwekwe, Sahunya, or the infamous “1600”, should be trending in the class of Clarks footwear.
But they are so uncreative, even in the products they make in relation to this product that it bums me. I wonder if they ever do any market research?
Growing up, the Safari boot was the kind of shoe that had its own personality in the streets. A personality that was larger and realer that what its creators gave it.
To wear a safariboot ,
1st: – You had to have the money cause by then, Ksh. 1,600 even today the 2,000 bob retailing price is still expensive to most.
2nd: These shoes had a personality, an identity for not everyone wore safari boot and if you were spotted wearing them – the others elevated you to a higher level. A level that was street-smart, Real, hardcore and all, It’s like these Timberland boots the Americans have touted as hardcore.
Safari boot was the real thing before Timberland. And it had held the title for quite a long time.
3rd: Safari boot was top quality. I think it still is. The only thing is that its creators let it loose its street edginess and now everybody is wearing it. It’s a real shame what happened to this foot wear. It almost makes me wanna shed a tear.
Safari boot was the mother of all shoes even 10 years ago. It still had its edge. But today? Only the die hard fans still wear it. And it doesn’t feel as special as it used to feel. They killed it with lukewarm advertising or lack thereof.
Most Kenyan ‘Wazae’ looking to get through to the younger generation don’t have a clue what they are dealing with.
They’re very far from identifying with this group. Hopefully, some of them get to read this blog. We’d be happy to shed some insight.
Even our food has to be tangible. That’s why we’re duping Kenchik for KFC!
That colonel sanders guy did not come up with an unknown, brand new recipe, (heck my baby sister cooks it for us – with the same crunchiness and al the tamu intact) Kenchik, chicken inn, whomever t is could’ve already come up with their own recipe. Those Mau Mau fighters certainly had to have been eating chicken. And because it was war time and you didn’t have time in the bush to blow smoke and advertise your presence, they had to cook that chicken fast. They had a Chicken on the move recipe…
But chicken is still made the same wayat Kenchik. We used to call them “chicken-porno”. Due to how they are naked when spinning in those chips house display grills. “Kuku porno” - get it?
Most don’t have wind yet, but when the better population of Kenya has tasted KFC, Kenchik and the others will be dead meat.
Hey, did you ever see that KIWI ad a while months back? Being touted by some athlete or sports figure? What’s with the long boring talk? It was the most boring ad done by the most boring athlete ever!
Who gives these ads a pass on behalf of the brands? Is it Wazaes? Cause making such an ad a running it during prime time is bumming! I’d like to know, did more kids ask to be bought KIWI after that ad ren? or did sales go south? Without even running that ad we’d still have bought KIWI. There are far better ways to market such a product and ensure the kids love it and more buy into it.
Anyway, I can go on and on and on.
In summary, after this epiphany I decided that the intangible power is the impetus behind true wealth happiness and whatever your good heart desires.
And Wazae; if you wanna get through to us, if you happen to want to sell something to the ‘yout man’… “Show us the money!” …material is key.
Gerri Global team