TRIBALISM NO LONGER A SILENT KILLER BUT A LOUD ONE
Everywhere you turn to the discussion about the different tribes that exist in our community and the different traits that each of them posses is continuous.Tribalism in my country has grown deeper than the first cut.Your tribe automatically defines who you are.Your tribe is your brand.Tribalism has affected every sphere of our lives,from the employment sector,to marriages,to even voting.Having to come from a country of 42 tribes this has become intense.
Sometimes deep inside i wish that we all belonged to one tribes that we did not have so many in one country maybe then this is one thing that we would have avoided,but that is just wishful thinking.Tribalism is the disease that is killing us at this point and a cure has to be found but that is not going to be easy,the stereotype that surrounds the different tribes are many.While other countries fight with racism we fight with tribalism.What we went through after the 2007 general election was in-human,the tribe you belong to determined your fate whether you will stay alive or you will be killed.That was a horrible time and so many were left homeless.
Even choosing a marriage partner has become tribalistic,you bring someone home and the issue of which local dialect he speaks could change everything.At the end of the day you need your parents blessing when getting married but that person you want to spend the rest of your life with has to much up to the criteria of your parents and "tribe"tops the list.There are some specific tribes that you do not bring home period.
It pains my heart every time i see people judging one another based on which tribe one belongs to.I did not choose the tribe in which i was born in and my local dialect should not determine who i am.A person's personality and character is what matters,we are all different ,special and unique in our own way.
i just wish people would overlook the whole issue of tribe and become one and make our country better for the future,we have to fight tribalism by all means.I do not know if there are other countries that face this same problem or is it only deep rooted in my country.This is destroying us,even as youths it is hard to get a job because there are jobs that are known to be for a specific tribe and it leaves you wondering what to do next,your academic qualifications do not matter unless you start your own business.How i wish this would end.
As we might be going for elections this year my prayer is that tribalism takes a back seat and we move on.