Our children give us plenty to brag about. As immigrant parents from Kenya and Nigeria, we trust that we have distilled the essence of all that is special in our heritage and poured it into their souls. In our household we have always raised questions like: Do you know what Utu is?
It is the embodiment of you. It captures where you come from, your intangible source of strength. The God in you. Your Chi (Ibo).
We have taught them that their birthplace, America, must not dilute their heritage. I addressed this in my very first post here.
Our beautiful ones. A compassionate young lady, a college graduate currently employed as she anticipates graduate school. A handsome hard-working freshman in college. And our kitindamimba [last born], a bright, athletic fourth-grader, who loves the beautiful game.
As you can see, he demonstrates incredible pace and skill in this video (he was only 5 here). His father says that this one of the special things he has passed on to him. Labda?? [Maybe]
The beautiful game. I don't think there is a sport with more zealous fans!
Beginning today, the footballing world will be consumed by the South Africa 2010 World Cup and African Cup of Nations 2010 qualifiers. Nigeria and Kenya are in Group B, with Mozambique and Tunisia. You can watch the Africa qualifying matches LIVE online beginning today, March 28, here www.allsoccerafrica.com.
Today, Kenya takes on Tunisia in Nairobi.
Let's Go Harambee Stars!
Tomorrow, the boastful Super Eagles of Nigeria travel to Maputo to take on Mozambique.
On July 6, Nigeria will host Kenya. On that day, our household will be divided for the first time, because if Kenya dares to draw against Nigeria, my husband will not speak to me. Petty, right?
My guess is that because our oldest two do not like losing, they will support Nigeria from the get-go. Our kitindamimba will be sensitive and support Kenya with Mama. When reality sets in, I'm okay if he switches his allegiance to Nigeria - the overpaid braggarts.
At the end of the day, I hope my Harambee Stars will do what they must, to make it to South Africa. That will be a major accomplishment. If not, I'll be okay with Angola 2010, because the truth is that for Kenya, Angola is the target (African Cup of Nations 2010) and South Africa is the dream.
Oleeee! Ole! Ole! Ole!
Oleee! Ole! Ole! Ole!