1pm, 1 nation, 1 people, 1 anthem, united in 1 prayer for 1 Kenya


TODAY, on the 28th of February 2012 at 1pm (EAT) Kenyans will stand united and sing all three verses of our beautiful and powerful National Anthem. On the 28th of February 2012 Kenyans will demonstrate that there is more that unites us than divides us. 1pm, 1 nation, 1 people, 1 anthem, united in 1 prayer for 1 Kenya.

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Images are a courtesy of Kenya28Feb/pictures, with the respective photographer named in the caption there, unless indicated otherwise by the watermark.
Please cite accordingly should you wish to use any of these. 

To learn about the reasons behind Kenya28Feb read the blog entry of one of the initiators: Daudi Were

[…] In February last year together with some friends we launched Kenya28Feb. The idea was simple, at 1pm EAT on the 28th of February we would urge as many Kenyans as we could to congregate and sing all three stanzas of our National Anthem. It did not matter where you were, who you were, what you were doing, for those 3 minutes, stop, sing the national anthem and then continue with your day.

Why did we do this and why do we think it is a good idea? We felt that as Kenyans we spend too much time discussing what divides us rather than what unites us. We spend a lot of time highlighting our differences rather than sharing what brings us together. We wanted a participatory positive action, one that any Kenyan could take part in equally, regardless of socio economic status, tribe, location, race, gender, and age. Beyond participation we wanted an action that demonstrated as a country there is more that unites us than divides us. We wanted a positive action that demonstrated ownership. For far to long the symbols of our country have been inaccessible to ordinary Kenyans. I remember being shocked as a teenager to find out that I am not allowed to fly the national flag on a flagpole outside our house. I was equally shocked to learn then that only senior government officials are allowed to fly the national flag on their cars. Our 2nd president in his intellectual insecurities took our national pledge and turned it into a joke. As Kenyans it is very important that we reclaim these symbols as a step in helping us create and establish our identity as a country. […]

The following Song was a collaboration of top Kenyan artists – Juliani, DNA, Joey, JuaCali, Frasha, Angie and June – produced by Bernsoft/Ogopa Video – in support of the Kenya28Feb initiative – “Kenya – we pray”

 I have followed and supported the event last year and thought it was a great initiative, that also other African countries could take as an example.

Many Kenyan organisations and people from civil society as well as celebrities endorse Kenya28Feb, e.g. singer and songwriter Eric Wainaina:

or the Kenya Forest Service:

For more information visit Kenya28Feb

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