Onyango Oloo Returns to a Passionate Pursuit
Blogging is cinnamon; it is cardamom, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, black pepper; it is in fact, oregano, saffron, rosemary, thyme, cumin and coriander to me.
For the last one year I deliberately and purposely abandoned the wide-ranging Kenya Democracy Project blog to concentrate on building, maintaining and administering the nascent and fledgling, but by no means floundering JUKWAA discussion forum that concentrates with an almost maniacal zeal and laser focus on contemporary Kenyan politics to the exclusion of virtually everything else.
JUKWAA itself first saw light as an initiative conceived in rage, bewilderment and despair at the mushrooming degeneration of many mainstream Kenyan online communities after their tragic take over by a handful of hydra-and-empty headed toilet mouthed cyber urchins intent on transforming healthy discussion forums into a series of platforms for tribal hate, frivolous, content free chit chat, demonic cyber stalking, under-age heckling and infernal blathering blah blah blah yada yada yada yakety yakety yak.
I must confess that there was, in addition, a very personal motive in my attempt to launch a new Kenyan discussion forum.
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We talked about Democracy, Pan Africanism, Socialism, Reagonomics, Islam, Christianity, militarism, peace building, homophobia, gender equality, tribalism- you name it.
What sullied this vivid panorama, at least for me, was the entry into the fray of a handful of louts of no fixed internet abode-multi-handled online terrorists whose only mission after logging on was to disrupt, annoy and pester whoever they found in the respective online forums.
As if this was not bad enough, some morphed into serial cyberstalkers targeting high profile Kenyan contributors.
Having been identified as one such “high profile” contributor, Onyango Oloo soon became the “darling” of certain deranged elements who bombarded him on a daily, sometimes hourly basis, with unsolicited hate mail-both private and public.
At one point I was the unlikely object of a bizarre, steaming hot, not so suppressed desire of a certain twentysomething 24/7 closeted gay Kenyan man living in the United States-this, despite my much publicized heterosexual orientation and affiliated liaisons.
Having tried in vain to catch the eyes and capture the ears of the respective owners and moderators of the above named Kenyan online communities, I finally, in August 2005, decided in disgust, to practice what I had hitherto preached and set up a Kenyan discussion forum characterized by sobriety, maturity, intelligent and respectful discourse that implemented zero tolerance against racists, sexists, homophobes, tribalists, religious bigots, trash talkers and cyber stalkers.
JUKWAA is the ongoing manifestation of this anguished attempt.
After more than a year in existence I can proudly say that yes, Onyango Oloo did achieve and surpass the objectives he set out to realize at the beginning of the eighth month of the year gone by.
Today JUKWAA is a serious, well-respected Kenyan online community free of the frolicking childishness that so appalled and repelled me and many other Kenyan netters.
And so, having achieved that minor milestone, I retreat, without retiring, from active forum administration to the more relaxed pursuit of omnivorous blogging.