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"There arose another King who knew not Joseph". That verse should always warn you that if you decide to live in another Country- you will always be seen as a foreigner. Always take time to invest back home, the only place that you will never be chased away from.
Always keep it at the back of your mind that the winds may change and life Abroad may not be as comfortable as it is right now.
Learn from the Somali Refugees that came to Kenya in the 1990s. Baba Moi made them comfortable and many thought that they will be living in Kenya forever. The few that invested back in Somalia found it easy to go back when the tide changed after Kibaki took over. Those that never invested in Somalia found the going very tough.
From the nationalistic wave hitting Europe and America, I foresee tough times for Kenyans living abroad. With the average voters openly electing pure racist narrow minded leaders- I see the tide changing against foreigners.
I would urge the Diasporans to start taking matters in Kenya seriously. Start taking the Politics i Kenya seriously, by making sure that leaders are accountable. If possible use reputable cooperatives like Stima Investment to invest in plots and build your house (Instead of sending money to relatives who will end up chewing most of your money). Think about farming in Kenya.
With all these nincompoops being elected.... you may need your homeland Kenya sooner rather than later.
By Gordon Opiyo
Nobody runs to live in another country unless his,or her mother country is "hostile".When opportunities are limited for whatever reason,people seek them elsewhere. That elsewhere sometimes offers such a comfort that the mother-home now becomes a place to just visit,and return to the comfort-foreign home.
Take for example access to medical treatment. God forbid that you get aserious accident in any remote part of Kenya.Or for that matter you are stuck in a regular traffic jam in Nairobi.
And yes many diasporans would love to live in a place where they are not refered to as foreigners.Even naturalized Kenyans in diaspora will never for example become"true americans".I say this mindful of an eritrian runner who naturalized himself,and won boston marathon for usa,but some still did not see him as a"true american".
Whether legal or illegal, foreigners will always be viewed with suspision,especially when unemployment,and need for social services skyrocket in the foreign-home.
So yes, buit a nest in the mother land just in case things dont work well in your foreign-home.And dont stay too long otherwise you will become aforeigner in your own home.
Therefore,what is a home? is it where your heart is,or where your comfort is?I say a home is where you feel valued as human being- meaning no home is permanent.