Electrification Brings More than Power

by Nabwire Bellamine

Growing up, I’ve been blessed enough to have parents who were able to provide me with some of the best things in life, a privilege that I now realize, I've taken for granted for far too long.

Imagine a world without electricity. All those luxuries, gone... poof! Just like magic. No instant heaters for those long warm showers in the morning, no toasters for that crunchy slice of heaven to munch down with some good old Kenyan tea, no television, no radio…simply put, there would be nothing and for most of us, this would most certainly mean hell. We wouldn’t have the slightest clue on what to do with our days or nights.

You see, for many of our fellow countrymen (no pun intended) this is the case. They have to rely on other sources of energy, most of which are dangerous not only to them but to the society and environment at large. They range from kerosene lamps to firewood to charcoal. For some, it’s usually lights out once the sun sets. Saddening? I know.

My father always told me that electrification brings more than power and thanks to Kenya Power, Kenya and her citizens are coming to realize this reality. For starters, school kids will be able to do their homework without harming their eyes and backs hunched over kerosene lamps, better known as “koroboi” through the night. Ladies and men alike will be able to start their own businesses and the country’s economy will benefit greatly from this venture. Jobs will be created, people will get employed. Hospitals will be able to provide emergency services locally and the sick won’t have the hustle of travelling to the city.

Streets would be lit and well lit for that matter thus strengthening our national resolve of overcoming insecurity. Low carbon emissions because of the high efficiency of electricity energy conversion. Improved agricultural productivity, tourism initiatives, the list of possibilities is quite literally endless.

A wise man once said that we have not inherited the earth from our ancestors but have borrowed it from our children and I, for one, envision a better Kenya for our offspring. A safer, cleaner, wiser, brighter Kenya (again, no pun intended) and I think it is safe to say that with the Kenya Power Campaign, we are well on our way to achieving this. Kenya is indeed capable of achieving exploits.

Powering Kenya is powering an individual, it is powering a community, it is powering a nation.



Nabwire Bellamine,
Blog: Bellatude