When a country’s national anthem plays during an international sporting competitions, participants and audiences pause for a few minutes to take in the beauty of the lyrics. For the mother country, it is a moment of pride.
In many world athletic competitions, Kenya’s national anthem has been heard so many times as they runners harvest gold medals. Global fans identify the rhythm while for Kenyans, it is a moment of pride played before the world arena.
A national anthem is a song that rallies a nation to remember its past, present and future dreams.
For athletes from Guyana and Jamaica, their national anthems remind them that “we are a people proud of our nation and history’’.
The national anthem is the glue that holds together a people and reminds them of their collective history and their singular determination to achieve the best for humanity.
As Kenyans head to elections in six days’ time, it is imperative for all of them to pause and reflect on the words of the national anthem, which is basically a prayer for abundance, peace and justice.