My fellow Kenyans in America, after watching the crowd respond by saying "send them home" or "send them back" regarding undocumented immigrants during Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's RNC acceptance speech, it's time to start planning a voluntary exit strategy to go back home. Most of us are legal immigrants, others are Kenyan-Americas, others are out of status. Some of us regardless of our status, may decide to go back home.
It's time to work really hard. Save money. Avoid any temptation to spend money. That means staying away from Malls, Amazon, wedding fundraisers, pre-wedding parties, committee nominations, basically anywhere you are
expected to donate money Kenyan style. Budget for funeral fundraising, baby showers and Church donations. Hoard your dollars.
Plan a serious exit plan to go back home. If you don't want to go back to Kenya, research how to move to Canada of any other Western or African Country that welcomes immigrants.
If Trump wins, the future looks bleak for immigrants, and especially for people of African origin.
Start planning on how you would survive in Kenya after the election of Donald Trump. We have about 6 months until the inauguration, then maybe about a year before things head south.
Rekindle connections in Kenya. Learn how Kenya operates. Read about how Mpesa works. Open a bank account in Kenya. Join a Sacco. Join a Chama. Start a Chama with a few close friends as a source of capital. Research how you can start a business because chances of getting a job in Kenya are slim to none.
Buy a plot of land or home if you haven't already done so. Get an ID from the embassy while still here. Renew your passport. Research how to farm, in case you end up in Shags. Coming from America, you may actually like Shags life more than living in Nairobi.
Research how to start a business in Kenya while still in America. Most of the information is accessible online. Connect with those who have gone back. Have an emergency credit card that you can use while transitioning.
If Hillary Clinton wins, we will all breathe a sigh of relief, but in the meantime, let's plan as if Donald Trump will win.
At least we have a Country we can call home after the election of Donald Trump. Like the proverb says "East or West, home is best."
By Hannah Wanjiku. Hannah lives in Orange County, California. email: HannahWanjikublog@gmail.com
Hannah Wanjiku had written an article on Mwakilishi predicting Trump's
nomination as the Republican Nominee. The article was published on Mwakilishi on 3/21/16 and was entitled "Why Donald Trump Has Not Choked or Failed"