When growing up, there was a swahili song on the radio that had all parents and teachers excited. “Someni Vijana” they bleated out of tune, hoping to
manipulate encourage us at the time to get an education. The lyrics basically say study young people, increase the level of your effort, at the end of your education/studies, you will get a great job.
Muongeze bei ya bidii,
Mwisho wa kusoma,
Mutapata kazi nzuri sana
That was the 90s. That was Africa. That was within structural adjustment. A lot young people followed that formula only to be disillusioned by economies that were neither ready to absorb them nor appreciate their talents or skills in any monetarily gainful manner as promised. Continue reading