Written by Kennedy Kithia, a Lapid Leader and fourth year student of JKUAT

Its 4.00 am, lifeless does not even begin to explain the mood of the time. A terrifying stillness other than my roommate’s momentary turns in his huge fluffy duvet. There’s my alarm, well distanced from my bed screaming to Kingdom come(I like the ringtone though, downloaded it after watching a certain Indian movie called bodyguard, you should watch it). So I have to silence it’s beakering and the only way to do so is to get out of bed. Do I want to? Of course I do! Do I like it however? Definitely not! But it’s what we call ‘The Grind’. Where we do what we have to do so we can do what we want to do!

That’s where the difference between being a child and an adult comes in! A child understands not compromise, but an adult knows what has to be forfeited. In this case the adult here is a leader, so clearly leadership is not for kids.

We can’t lie to ourselves that we don’t know what needs to be done! As a matter of fact we very well do, but it takes a man to forfeit his immediate desires for a greater future.

We don’t expect to get there in a day, and if you do, you most definitely need a mind shift. Success is like the tip of an iceberg, what you see above water is barely a fragment of the entire thing! And this, my friend, summons a jaw dropping amount of patience! Did you know the fastest man on the planet literally trains his guts out? Yep, Usain Bolt runs till he throws up. But that you will never see, all we see are barely 9 seconds and the guy is a sensation.

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So, as these daggers of cold seer through my entire body, I am cornered to ponder, this patience, this resilience, this willingness to pay the price, it all reminds me of the most crucial person in my life right now. My mother. Giving up her childhood dreams just so I can get to live mine. Mom, if you’re reading this right now, know that you’re treasured above and beyond!

The hippo generation. Thats what they call my mom’s generation. Slow but extremely intentional in all moves they make. Patient but with a guarantee of achievement. They distinctly understand the adage ‘Rome was not built in a day’ this, to most youngsters, makes zilch sense, because we want it and we want it now. I mean, we have all the resources we need, we have skyrocketing creativity levels that keep getting higher and higher! Why not make it? In fact, why not make it RIGHT NOW!!

Being the youngest in the cohort… Lapid Leaders Africa has really helped me in developing a new turn especially in Africa’s leadership, something that myself and fellow youngsters are passionate about… being in the cheetah generation, always looking looking for shortcuts in all we do, having a really negative sense of entitlement that the world owes you. Lapid Leaders is helping us understand the importance of thinking of others and out of the “mboksi”… the need of honoring and respecting the hippopotamus generation for they are the ones who have seen Africa’s rising and becoming what it is right now… the journey has just begun… come on, let’s make this amazing journey in making Africa a better continent together. For places don’t make people, people do make places!
By Angela Mwangi.

So this is barely step one. Week one, it only gets more intense from here. Hard facts and cold truths will be openly discussed, because that’s what leaders do! They confront, stand and fight for what they believe. Fight for their people. Fight for their rights. And what better way to do this than together!

As young leaders!

As Lapid Leaders!


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