What if I moved to the village?

  1. Very interesting article Mr, Al Kags, a story of Rural to Urban to Rural Migration reloaded

  2. Nice piece Al, a great conversation starter. Now I see where Juliani got his “milioni from 10 bob” line..ha!

    I share a number of your experiences and points of view… including being tagged a fool for coming back home in the early 2000s.. but home is what you make it. “Even in a desert, life is” .. I reckoned. And the encounter with the cops asking for ID (only that in my version, that is when I found out that seeing ‘stars’ doesn’t only happen in cartoons).

    Leaving the city is a vibe I’m increasingly hearinbg from “xennials” as well, it will be interesting to see how it all turns out. Maybe it’s the chaos, cost and dizzying pace of this place, perhaps all the felled trees (bye, green city in the sun) and highrises, it could be the emerging opportunity back in the villages.. teach a man (or woman) to fish…, or just as you said #WFH has shown that there is really no need to be living in the city.

    I recall a dream I had when I was around 5, I told my parents how I saw a factory in my shagz where cattle went in whole on one side and came out in neatly packaged beef cuts on the other. “I’ll have a factory in Kitale when I grow up”, I declared. It was all jokes then because shagz, was shagz. No power, no running water, no tarmac roads. The connection to the outside world via BBC Kiswahili at 7pm via a Sanyo radio that was powered by four size D Everready ‘Paka Power’ batteries (which had stayed out in the afternoon sun).

    Yet much has changed since then, and dreams have turned into real possibilities. To me, this is ultimately what the devolution we speak about is – you, and me. 2020 may prove to be a great turning point as many people get the freedom or make the choice to work from home. And that will really show where you find your heart to be.

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