Today is Mashujaa Day

Where we celebrate our mashujaas or as others would say heroes. And for a long time these heroes have been famous people or those connected to someone high up and they get head of state commendation and all.

The real heroes however are those street sweepers, nurses, teachers, drivers, farmers whose disparate actions keep us alive. These heroes whose stories don’t get to be told because their work is considered ordinary make the biggest difference in our lives. But I go ahead of myself.

This day used to be called kenyatta day. It’s starting from the night of 19th to several days that the leaders of KAU were arrested. On 20th October 1952 the colonial administration declared a state of emergency that would last 8 years. In naming the day kenyatta day, prominence was given to one person who wasn’t even pivotal in the struggle at that point in time & generations of school children still learn this lopsided view of history.

So today we celebrate all the heroes. The house girls/boys, the flower girls, the gardeners & all those whose ordinary work make extraordinary contributions to our lives.

About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

20 thoughts on “Today is Mashujaa Day

  1. I agree. Politicians and war heroes and such earn their stripes and such in a very public way; the regular workers–stitchers, street cleaners, taxi drivers, and such, do their work under a huge blanket of anonymity. How many people know the waitresses in a restaurant? How many window washers do we call by name or even talk to?

    And without them, the cogs in the wheels, cities and towns would slowly die. We need that here, but I don’t see it happening.
    We honor the baseball hero, but never the man who mows the grass or draws the lines…


  2. As your favourite hero, I just wanted to say you’re very welcome! ๐Ÿ˜€


  3. basenjibrian says:

    One interesting and somewhat appealing aspect to the California fire season and COVID is an attempt to celebrate the everyday heroes very visibly and vocally. “Heroes Work Here” has appeared on banners in front of nursing homes, for example. Sadly, their heroism is not celebrated with more money or even improved working conditions. But hey, it’s far superior to the deluded, slovenly celebrants of Donald Trump.


  4. jilldennison says:

    You’re so right … it is the ‘everyday heroes’ who keep the world running and who deserve the honour. Thank you!


  5. Arkenaten says:

    Did you see on that video I posted Kenya came in the top 30 of ‘goodest’ countries in the world? How seriously cool is that!


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