Monday, September 12, 2005

Brain drain or brain overflow?

I was almost leaving the office bila posting.Ai that would have been a shame.I am reading the Nation article about Kenya's brain drain and I would not term it as a brain drain.Drainage is when you have little and what you have is being taken away from you aka depletion.But on the other hand we in Kenya have a brain overflow we have too much so what is extra is going to the rest of the world.
Many patriotic Kenyans talk about nation building.I have no problem with that but what happens when there are no opportunities for Kenyans to nation build in there own nation ?Or their meagre efforts to do so are set back at every turn by a retrogressive government?Although this has slightly changed with the new government.Anyway as I was saying does it make sense for skilled Kenyans to stay in the country in the name of patriotism?Well if the government is ready to pay them to do so all well and good, if not then they should not carp about it.Kenya is a place where the well educated can go hungry.Do any of you recall Prof Lihanda Savai who wanted to run during the last election ( I hope I got his name right).Despite his academic prowess the man was wallowing in abject poverty, I hear he got a job teaching in Australia later on.But that is the country I left one where only the smart and those who knew the right people got ahead.In many sectors a good day's work for a good day's pay became a dream.
But what am I getting at?I do not think that we have a brain drain to speak of as there are few local sectors suffering due to people leaving and those of us who have left are not unpatriotic.I am sure most of us would be back home if we could get the opportunities and whatever else that made us leave.
You see I can be serious too!

4 comments:

Milonare said...

Sema Acolyte

I agree that opportunities abound outside Kenya. I just wonder how long it will take for the situation to turn around if the very people capable of turning things around leave...

Its a vicious cycle that only sacrifice can interrupted...

Milonare said...

auuuwu interrupt hehehe

Milonare said...

BTW Acolyte bruh...

You've been tagged:

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nick said...

Brain drain. tough-there are better opportunities out there: financially academically...and i don't care what people say....
there is brain overdlow..but its flowin away from Kenya and i dont blame them.

Na wewe milonare u cant save some one even number 2 or 3?