In the recent months, I have been doing a campaign called ‘I WANT CHANGE’ trying to highlight things in the country that I feel need to improve. I did this in the simplest way I know how, byusing my art to pass across the message. I started with an online pictorial campaign where I took pictures of different people holding a placard written I WANT CHANGE then uploaded them on social media with different captions on issues relevant to the photo or the subject of the photo. For the campaign to work, I needed to take lots of photos, which I did. The results were quite fulfilling. I then went on to record a song and shot a music video for the same. The campaign gained a lot of traction and attention from different people ranging from individuals, fellow artists to organizations. The music might not have gotten a million hits on YouTube my message was definitely passed across.
It’s easy to feel like your impact as a young person in society is irrelevant especially when most of the things happening don’t seem to affect you. Or you feel like you’re limited in resource or ability to actually effect the change. Totally understandable. Till today I still feel the same way sometimes.
‘But it doesn’t affect me!’ I bet you use this line all the time. Unfortunately, most of the things that happen in the country affect you in more ways than you know. You’re just cushioned by your current position in society (mtoto wa mummy na daddy). When you walk these streets, you’ll see and feel the difference.
‘But aii HBK, Can I really make a difference? I’m so young!’ Yes you can! In a big way! I challenge you with this.
Right now you have access to social media, one of the most powerful tools of our generation. What do you use it for? (Watu wa memes na puns, I see you).
I tend to be very passionate about cleanliness and proper waste disposal and I really try and advocate for a cleaner, better environment by calling out people who litter in my presence and also through social media. Once, while I was hiking up Mt. Longonot, I saw so many plastic bottles along the way, I decided to collect as many as I could. They were so many that I had to use my jacket to carry them. Still I couldn’t carry all of them. I was sad. But when I got to the foot of the mountain with the heap, I took a picture, posted it on Facebook and started a conversation about littering. I definitely influenced some people positively, my concern was real and I had the proof to back it up. Sound like something you can do? Well, there you have it!
Change isn’t just about the government doing this or that. It isn’t about those with ‘power’. Change is not for adults only. Change is everyone, it’s you and me! It’s the small things you do that make the world of a difference. YOU have the POWER! YOU can make a DIFFERENCE because YOU ARE CHANGE!
Author: Kichwatah | Date Created2017-08-31 06:13:43 | Comments: 0