Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Inter-marriages in Kenya

One positive thing that is happening in Kenya after post-election violence is the rise of inter-tribal marriages. This is one thing that many Kenyan’s like me thought would reduce or be restricted after the terrible tribal clashes ever experienced in Kenya since independence.

I never imagined tribes like the Luo and Kikuyu will marry one another in such big numbers or Kikuyu and Kalenjin because these were the major tribes that participated in the clashes. Luhya also participated but not in big numbers as the Luo, Kikuyu and Kalenjin.

However the clashes seems not to have deterred the young generation of Kenya to intermarry along tribal lines, instead they have decided not to follow tribal paths as those in politics and instead decided to intermarry more as a way of reducing this terrible enemy of Kenya’s progress ‘Tribalism’!

One can see these trends in the weddings that have taken place since the clashes from December 2007 to early 2008 and the ones coming up. Also while watch The Wedding Show on Citizen TV one would notice that most of the weddings are of different tribes.

If this is a way of solving the problem of Tribalism in Kenya, then let us encourage it.

8 comments:

Godfrey said...

But inter-tribal marriages have always been there, its nothing new. Just because politicians have been preaching hatred does not mean that ordinary people have been listening.

Rachel said...

Inter-tribal marriages especially for the mt Kenya and lake side Kenyans have been an issue .....ask around.Us Kenyans must love one another ad the language of God is LOVE.I am a Kikuyu and soon ill marry a Luo man and guess what its all i want,for we are Kenyans and we waint to raise Kenyans.

Sue said...

Congrats! Rachel wish you a happy marriage.

maryanne said...

We should encourage our young kenyans to inter marry since we are a nation that should be united.am a kikuyu and i moved in with my luo man but my parents think am loosing my mind.....i will fight till the because this is what i want.

Jamii said...

On the right track Maryanne, let them know we are all the same.

Anonymous said...

this is good for kenya guys look for partners outside your tribes

Anonymous said...

Sorry to dampen your enthuthiasm and positive outlook on intertribal marriages but in the long run chances are the union will end from social pressure of trible mistrust. The kuk ladies getting married to luo men be prepared for a constant struggle.Both partners need to deal with external pressure based on negative sterotypes held by respective tribes.Im kuk & married a luo/turkana lady 14 years ago and whenever we have had normal marital problems the tribe issue makes it worse as relatives & friends take sides against each other. Most pple will be waiting to see how long you will last. The only hope is for you to be committed christians and share alot in common which helps when pressure comes in. Don't marry a 'hostile' tribe on flimpsy grounds like 'young love' which is feelings only

poonam sohal said...

I am Sikh(Asian origin) and married to a Christian and i am happy to know that many people in Kenya are working to bring Kenya together as one Country and one Nation...

Congrats to all!!!!

Sociable

Kenya

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