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Sonko is an idiot. Maybe not.

Last year, I wrote an angry blog post, where I wondered who Sonko represents. Young people, I wondered? Not me, I averred. Until last night, I was clear on a couple of things.

  1. That Sonko is an uncouth, disoriented, criminal idiot. 
  2. That he is no material for leadership. Certainly, a poor demonstration of what youth leadership looks like.

Today, I am not as clear. My uncertainty started last night when I watched Sonko being interviewed on Citizen TV (watch below) and then watched him this morning with Jimmi Gathu. Have I misunderstood the man, does his dress and abrasive behavior cause me to be prejudiced against him?

In the interview this morning (with Jimmi), I heard Sonko articulate a theory of development that is interesting, if uncomfortable. I am certainly eager to explore it a little further as I think it through. I’ll write a fuller blog post on it tomorrow. But it is necessary to start by saying that Sonko has made an impact enough to make me think.


As we all think it through, I recommend a read of Liz Lenjo’s blog, where she defends his position vehemently, suggesting that he is challenging convention.

From me, more tomorrow.

I am a writer first and foremost. I am passionate about social entrepreneurship, which I define by finding ways to innovate the world’s processes to make life better for people – whether in business or in the non-profit sector. I am professionally involved at the Open Institute, Thellesi Co and various agricultural ventures.

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