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To ordinary Kenyans, 76-year-old Isler Hildegaard is a typical mzungu on holiday, but make no mistake, she is not your usual tourist.

Hildegaard is a Swiss national who is probably Kenya’s most loyal tourist. She first came here on holiday in 1971, and 43 years later, the pensioner is not about to end her visits.

She has come to know Kenya as her second home — her home away from home. Ignoring the travel advisories issued by the UK and the US governments, Hildegaard is now on her 32nd visit to the country.

A keen culture vulture with a penchant for traditional Kenyan foods, such as mukimo and the indigenous chicken popularly known as kienyeji, Hildegaard is always armed with her camera to freeze special moments. She also loves to shake a leg with traditional dancers.

“Every time I come to Kenya, there is always something different to see,” she says between sips of Kenyan tea, which she says she can’t get enough of.

ONLY FOUR RHINOS

“You will see something in the morning and when you come back in the evening, you see something different.”

When she first arrived in the country, she was a 33-year-old artist who expressed her feelings on canvas. Back then, she recalls, there was not as much wildlife as she sees today. The Meru National Park, for instance, had only four rhinos. She was with her sister on her first visit and they stayed at the Serena Safari Lodge.

Since then, she has spent a record 694 nights in the country.

From the pristine, white sand beaches at the coast and the national parks teeming with game to the lively traditional dancers, Hildegaard has probably seen more of Kenya than most Kenyans.

But it is not the game nor the beaches that keep her coming. “It is the warmth of the Kenyan people. Kenyans are generally nice and friendly.

“Young people in the West don’t like old people like me, but here, everyone is very welcoming.”

LASTING RELATIONSHIPS

After working as an artist for years, Hildegaard worked in the finance department of several chemical industries in Switzerland.

Although she has never been married and has no children, Hildegaard has forged lasting relationships wherever she goes. She speaks highly of her Kenyan tour guide, Shafiq, who has been with her for five consecutive years.

She is also very fond of Mr Timothy Kitenge, who has been organising her trips and itineraries for all these years.

While tourists were rushing back home during the 2007/8 post-election violence, Hildegaard was running in the opposite direction — to Lake Nakuru National Park, where she was the only tourist at the time.

Is she not afraid of going against travel advisories? A little bit, she says, but “nothing compares to the thrill of having breakfast down the river”.

“I understand that there are travel advisories, but I don’t think it will help to take away from others what they have.

“Peace in the country is very important, but it takes time for diverse people to live together in harmony,” she says.

Isler Hildegaard, 76. She has been visiting Kenya since 1971 and she says she can’t get enough of the country’s hospitality. PHOTO | CORRESPONDENT | NATION MEDIA GROUP

ESSENTIAL TRAVEL

The latest travel warning to Kenya, updated on August 13 by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, advises UK citizens against all but essential travel to Mombasa, Lamu and Tana River counties. It further warns against travelling to areas within 60km of the Kenya-Somali border, and Eastleigh in Nairobi.

As a result, Kenya’s tourism industry has been on the brink of collapse as the number of visitors declined by four per cent since January, according to the Kenya Tourism Board.

During the high season of January and May, Kenya received 381,000 visitors this year, compared to last year’s 398,000.

According to Ms Rosemary Mugambi, the regional sales and marketing director at Serena Hotels, travel advisories and the withdrawal of charters from UK companies at the coast has hurt the leisure business.

“This is why we are working closely with the Kenya Tourism Board and the Government of Kenya to assist the UK, US and French governments to revise these advisories,” she says.

The campaign to restore Kenya’s reputation as a top tourist destination has received a boost of Sh500 million from the government to market the country.

All this just tell how many people want Kenya to leave in Harmony because they might miss a lot that they see here, but we Kenyan don’t value this. If only we can help and join hand in the fight against TRIBALISM in Kenya. We will give a lot than what we see because if we are divided we are going no where but together we are sure of growing.

” God bless Kenya”

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As long as we are trying to fight tribalism and becoming transparent on our media stations, journalists should try a way to bring out their stories to the public that will help fight tribalism than just making others feel they are not represented in departments that has power in the country.
 
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According to my grandfather, it doesn’t make much sense to pray for smooth mountains why because smooth mountains are quite slippery making them almost impossible to climb. Wisdom flattens mountains while stupidity turns mountains into deeper valleys. The goat is one of the most stubborn creatures on earth yet in the land of wisdom, the sheep often dies faster than the goat even though the sheep is quite a peaceful and obedient creature. However, the sheep often takes it to the extreme in the hope of pleasing all mankind which is quite impossible. So at the end of the day, the sheep dies without even knowing it while the stubborn goat continues to enjoy fresh air. Extreme obedience is nothing but stupidity and there is no such thing as “respect” in the word “extreme”.

Stupidity kills faster than any weapon of mass destruction. Not even atomic bombs can be compared to the destructive power of stupidity.Some of us here in Africa are very poor. Some of us watch our parents and grandparents die in pain and in sorrow every single day. We work very hard yet continue to die in poverty. Why do we still suffer? We suffer because we allow stupidity to reign supreme in our communities. Some of us carry stupidity up in palanquins on our heads and sing him praises all day and night and still complain at the end of the day of severe headaches and pains in our necks. There is no “racism” in wisdom and tribalism has no place to lay its troubled head in the land of wisdom. Every now and then you hear about tribal conflicts in Africa. why all these tribal conflicts? It is because we allow stupidity to reign supreme within our communities. Can democracy, freedom, and Justice survive in a land where stupidity reigns supreme? The answer is a very big NO.

There is no freedom where the fool reigns, and those who suppose to help others fight Tribalism in Kenya and Africa in general are giving out risky information without solutions to it. Not everyone who reads it will interprate it correctly,but you should have a clear knowledge of where the majority will be. 
 
                                                                                  “God bless Kenya”
 

 

“I SAY NO TO TRIBALISM”

Posted: August 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

me Tribalism is responsible for a lot of ills such as underdevelopment, corruption, rigging of elections and violence/civil war. There is also no meritocracy as people are given jobs based on tribe regardless of having low qualifications. Hence the inefficient use of available skills. The exploitation of natural resources also takes a tribal angle, with resources in some areas being ignored or being under utilized. Bad governance and lack of accountability is also linked to tribalism as people will never question a government run by their tribesmen: even if it makes mistakes they remain supportive of it firmly and blindly.The reverse is also true. This means that even if a government does well it will receive daily unnecessary criticism from the tribes not in the ruling party. SO SAY NO, TO TRIBALISM NOW!

53 IN 1

Posted: August 13, 2014 in Uncategorized
  • All we have been doing is talking about our 53 tribes but we forgot that we all come from one tribe called Kenya. That's more than just 53 components that makes 1 system in any Technological invention, we are bonded by our fore-fathers blood and that will never change under any situation. Please help be part of this figures that protect our beautiful map of Kenya by liking this page. "God bless our homeland Kenya."

DON’T CHOOSE

Posted: August 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

“The Perfect Way is only difficult for those who pick and choose;
Do not like, do not dislike; all will then be clear.
Make a hairbreadth difference, and Heaven and Earth are set apart;
If you want the truth to stand clear before you, never be for or against.
The struggle between ‘for’ and ‘against’ is the mind’s worst disease;”