Saturday, January 12, 2013

Kenya's National Anthem & Pledge of Loyalty

Kenyan Flag
When Kenya got their independence from the United Kingdom in 1963, Kenya commissioned 5 people and a musician to come up with a national anthem for the new Republic of Kenya.

O God of all creation
Bless this our land and nation
Justice be our shield and defender 
May we dwell in unity 
Peace and liberty 
Plenty be found within our borders. 
Let one and all arise
With hearts both strong and true
Service be our earnest endeavour 
And our homeland of Kenya 
Heritage and splendour 
Firm may we stand to defend 
Let all with one accord
In common bond united
Build this our nation together 
And the glory of Kenya 
The fruit of our labour 
Fill every heart with thanksgiving. 

Now for the Kenyan's Pledge of Loyalty (Allegiance)...

I pledge;
My loyalty to the president and the Republic of Kenya 
My devotion to the words of our national anthem, 
My life and strength in the service of our republic 
In the living spirit embodied in our national motto, 
And perpetuated in the Nyayo Philosopy of Peace Love and Unity. 


Harambee is Swahili for "all pull together".

The Nyayo Philosophy became nationalism in 1980's by President Moi who was trying to pull the country together from its long history of tribalism. He said: 
"In unity and love lies our salvation and strength as a nation. Sectionalism, tribalism, and personality cults are destructive forces which the nation cannot afford today."
Maybe one day, I will work on coming up with KSL version of the national anthem and pledge of loyalty!

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