Two notebooks, a blue and a black one. Both with different stories from extreme ends.
In my first story I told you about the peace that comes from holding a pen, a link from my world to the universe. You also remember Mo jnr, he puts me to a challenge, “write what the mind doesn’t say”, COVFEFE!!! Haha, that’s the only word I manage, So we decide the mind is everything.
On my Tron motorcycle cruising through Mombasa’s Old town on a calm Sunday afternoon. The only place that doesn’t change with time. The beast I’m on is attracting all types of glances my way. Outside Fort Jesus I park the baby. Two minutes later a guy appears out of a sleek delivery van, hands me some freshly made shawarma. This I requested ten minutes ahead by sending them a link via Chakula Mlangoni, the must have app that’s a favorite for every foodie. Well, in Mombasa everyone is a foodie and almost everything everywhere is food.
Wait, dont get lost here trying to search this app on your AppStore. Forgive me, this is 2030, not your average 2017 in the 254.
Back to my story, I give my thumbs up on the app and I’m on my way to South coast.
The bridge linking the Island and the mainland is just revolutionary, the Chinese have done one magnificent job on this hybrid of infrastructure since the SGR days, the train service that changed lives. The bridge is also a public amenity by providing generous seating and deck width across the span for pedestrians to pause and enjoy the views of the Indian ocean. You have the option of the cable cars on the other hand which has been serving the common mwananchi good.
I get a call from my good friend Sir Allan, he’s in town for the Wishful Planners Conference. I had worked with him in the past on various projects and due to his good work he got selected as the Minister for Wishful thinking and attainable dreams vision 2060. We set up a date for the weekend.
My arrival at Southern Palms beach hotel coincides with the arrival of the cruise ship Madaraka 254, hundreds of passengers flock in and the tourist industry is booming, best in Africa as we speak.
At the reception there’s this beautiful dolphin in a magnificent giant of an aquarium just a few meters behind the lady at the desk. You can’t just pass by without enjoying the view for a while. I collect my card and a nice gentleman (an android robot) picks my bag.
Everything is automated, the room temperature and lighting is up to my desired conditions. This I requested upon booking. Using the hotel app on my phone I play some relaxing old throwback songs by the once legendary Nyashinski. I take a warm bath and switch on the news, as usual nothing new, same old politics and complains of switching the Nation’s capital to Mombasa. I’m off to bed.
I’m woken up by a nice breeze,not from the ocean but from an android robot that’s holding my breakfast at the side of the bed. Oh!! I didn’t tell you I’m on a floating bed, they call it the “cloud bed” and I’m surrounded by artificial clouds,the reason I keep coming back to South Coast.
I’m out of the hotel,the order of the day kick one thing off my bucket list. I settle for underwater jet skiing since it’s down there on my list and it’s available at the hotel. Ten minutes later I’m having an experience of a lifetime on this Kenyan built watercraft. I’m literally diving with dolphins and some friendly sharks 😂. And No!!!! Nothing beats this my friend, top of your bucket list, yeah!!!
Back in my hotel room Sir Allan just left me a message, we are meeting at the floating hotel on Mombasa island. I freshen up grab a snack and request an Uber .
My ride is here and off I go, self driving flying Uber rides are the in thing my friend. A five minute journey to the island.
We meet with the minister, Sir Allan, he’s not in the best of moods, this he tells me is from trying to bring the first unicorn into the country 😂. He’s impressed at how fast county 001 is growing with the rising sun and the fact that it’s beating other counties. What kills him most is the rumors doing rounds that Mombasa is about to be the new capital city. We argue on this matter for a while but the fact that the state of the art parliament is about to be commissioned puts our argument to rest.
Mombasa as I know is about to hold the biggest international food festival on the planet given its love for food. We agree this should be our next meeting and he swears that Mombasa will never be the capital city.
Here’s Sir Alan’s view on Nairobi county👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼
Nairobi has two broad categories: those who came by birth and those who came by bus.100 years ago, it was an inhabited swampy flood plain. Homosapiens evolved to their current species about a million years ago and it has been 6 billion years since the earth was created.
Therefore a 100 years from now Nairobi will be centre of a future continent island with Mombasa sinking to the bottom of the sea like Atlantis, it is already 60% covered in water. Currently there’s a frenzy of human activity in the kenyan capital: skyscrapers popping up in every corner, with the tallest building in Africa set to be in its upperhill district. A new railway cuts across the city, the 1st trip from the coast the ‘Madaraka (self-determination) express has already arrived and is operational. The second phase to the border with Uganda is already initiated, perhaps it will be dubbed the ‘Jamhuri (republic) express, since our neighbours in east africa have to make an independent decision to join our train of thought on the standard gauge railway. As it is the Congo basin as well as Rwanda and Burundi has been pivoting towards us on the ki-swahili coast. The rumour mill has it that a non-stop wagon is envisioned from Kenya to Cameroon. This coast to coast link will link the east african community on the Indian ocean rim to the door-step of ECOWAS on the gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic ocean.
JKIA is prepped to build a second runway, an airport is more than a tower and asaphalt. The current one hasn’t developed in half a century, the new one will last another 50 years. This geopolitical move to make Nairobi the gateway to Africa as a hub: anyone from anywhere in the world will make Kenya its first stop when visiting Africa. Africa is a country: many nations are scrapping visas for fellow Africans to facilitate free movement across colonial era boundaries set by Otto Van Birsmack who came into power by uniting the barbaric tribes of Deutsche-land. They are a controversial lot established between the capitalist west fronted by U.S.A and the leftist east conclaves comprising nostalgic soviet Russians and aggressive communist China. Africa must take the mantle and lead the global south into a new world order; PAX AFRICANA.
President Kibaki had a vision that was sadly stalled when the implementor, minister for environment Michuki passed on. It entailed making the Nairobi river navigable from Chiromo to Kayole; a noble and practical idea that is visible in all major metropolis’ of the world from New york’s Hudson, London’s Thames to Paris’ Seine. Think of the impact of cannals to the way of life in Venice and Amsterdam.
India and Brazil consider the Ganges and Amazon respectively sacred. For several millenia, the Nile has sustained Nubians and pharaohs. The Niger delta lends its name to Nigeria. North of Limpopo and south of Sahara, the deepest darkest heart of the Congo has the largest potential for hydro-electric power production. Ethiopia’s Renaissance gravity dam will be largest hydro electric power plant with an installed capacity of 6 thousand megawatts when it opens for business in July of 2017. Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia have an energy transmission line connected across them, in addition to the road networks linking the east african capital to the largest reserves of copper and a stone’s throw away from the platinum group southern africa states.
The future of the city at the wrist of the knuckle (Ngong means knuckle in maa-sai speak) will depend on its inhabitants being rational as its name suggests in the native tounge, Enkare Nyairobi ( place of cool waters). As the third head of state of the nation posited when commissioning the Thika super highway: it is obvious to anyone with eyes to see what we are constructing. This artery extends to Isiolo a geopolitically favoured rival but as Sun Tzu quotes in his resume to the king, the art of war, ” the stream overcomes the rock not by might but through ambition.” Mesapotamia flourished due to being between two permanent rivers, Euphrates and Tigris, while its capital Babylon exists today as Baghdad. Nairobi is between The Tana and Athi and one enjoys the shade of a tree whose seed took root before they were born.
* director yells “cut, it’s a wrap”*