That said the threat made on her and the rédaction of her piece in my less than humble opinion was and will also a be looked at as a silencing of strong bold voice in a nation that thumps its chest for the upholding of rights and freedoms.
I bet it won’t shut her up though. Not by a long shot.
Isn’t this the same trend that leads ‘socialites’ to believe that the way to being famous is not by being creative and hardworking, but by ‘leaking’ nude pics. Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian have built empires on the controversy surrounding nude photos. No wonder local wanna-bes think it is a trend worth emulating. But is it?
Ian Arunga: I was early this time… For our monthly office meeting that is… I am often late… Which is not the best thing… But Dear God please grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can;and wisdom to know the difference.
That said, today’s topic is: Does one have to be surrounded by controversy or scandal to be heard?
I really do not know what I feel about this… So I will just go wild!
I am a blogger, Dear Doris, 15,000 views everyday, yes I am famous… When I write, a good number of people read… When I started Dear Doris (Diary of a Sketch at the time) I had a viewership of 70 on average… This was up until my cousin Esther Arunga’s story blew up… Mara she was in a cult… Mara she wanted to be vice president… mara she wthis mara she that… And this famous blogger called Robert Alai followed this up and shockingly got to me… I am an artist, I draw as well… Most of my art is of nude women… some, at the time were of skulls and demons… I was young. My art was on my FB page. Robert Alai found them and decided I was Free Mason… Which is the stupidest thing I have ever heard… I am too broke to be freemason… So he deduced that my whole family is into devil worship… An email was sent to major media houses saying I was freemason…
The next post I wrote on Dear Doris after this had 114,000 views… I have never beaten that record!
So, controversy helps… Not mandatory though…
Lucie Sedlackova: If you want your voice to be really heard, and heard by a lot of people, you have to put something extraordinary into your thoughts. However not all writers or bloggers are capable of writing a remarkable piece.
So the easiest way I guess is, ‘take your clothes off’ – make fool of yourself, do something crazy and attract people’s eyes (money, wallet, power …).
If you want to save elephants, you should do something people will admire or hate but never get bored of. An extraordinary Kenyan Jim Nyamu decided to do use his extraordinary willpower and passion and start to walk – walk for a very long distance indeed – thousands of kilometres. But walking is not enough – he and his team have been writing and speaking about that whenever they can.
So I could hear him saying I will continue to walk until the situation improves. You feel tears in your eyes and his actions empowers you to do something, even if smaller, but something…
If he would just write and write (as thousands of environmentalists, writers or just nature lovers do), I guess – and it is sad – just a few people will listen, and I am not sure if they would act. His extraordinary approach and concrete action attract even people from government and a lot of journalists, students and other people as me.