Filmmakers, footballers, politicians, Paralympians… 2013: the year Kenya must stand up and be counted.
It’s here: Kenya’s 50th anniversary year. In December 2013 we will celebrate a half-century of independence. And it feels like the party is already getting started.
I say that because now is a great time to be Kenyan. The movie industry is booming – Nairobi Half Life recently became the first Kenyan film to be put forward for the Oscars. It might not have won any Academy Awards, but it shows that we’re ready to compete with the best. For an insight into our homegrown filmmakers (and tips on how you can get into the business yourself), check out our silver screen special “Lights, Kenya, Action”.
And it’s not just our movies we should be proud of. There’s our sports-people. Take footballer Victor Wanyama, who is hot property in Europe right now (having belted one past FC Barcelona) – could this be the start of a golden era for the Harambee Stars? Find out by reading “Kicking for Kenya”.Then there’s our small but over-achieving Paralympic team – we talk to an inspirational coach who reckons they’re a force to watch in the future (“Top of the class”).
Of course there’s no ignoring the elections. The gossip sites and Twitter feeds are full of opinions, hopes and concerns; no one wants a repeat of 2007’s violence and turmoil. So, here’s hoping that the 2013 poll doesn’t put Kenya on the world stage for all the wrong reasons – as acclaimed writer Mukoma Wa Ngugi argues in “Love vs Fear”. Let’s focus on the good things surrounding the ballot: the commercial opportunities (“Cashing in on the campaigns”) and the people campaigning for peace (page 8 of the magazine). For a bit of fun, we asked some of our readers what they’d do if they were president for the day (page 14 of the magazine).
We have a feeling in our bones: 2013 is going to be great – for Kenya and for Kenyans. Get ready to feel top of the world!
Craig Rix, Publisher