If you follow #Kenyan politics it does not take you long to realize how divided we are as a nation. There is always bickering, there is always in fighting mainly along tribal lines. The image that comes out is one of a country that is heavily divided. However, in the diaspora, many Kenyans are willing to put those differences aside, at least for a moment, and they help you settle in into your diaspora life.
Here are my 3 reasons:
1) KENYANS HELP YOU GET JOBS:
There are those Kenyans who own businesses and are always willing to help and assist fellow Kenyans in getting a job in their businesses. The thing is, when you are fresh from Kenya, you have an almost new resume, and almost no work history. There is also that time when one waits for documentation to be processed and during that time, bills, just like time, wait for no man. Kenyans who own businesses are always willing to help their fellow countrymen as far as getting a job is concerned.
Another way is Kenyans are always willing to alert other Kenyans of job opportunities that are available in the companies that they work at. Through the Kenyan network, many many many Kenyans now have jobs which they owe to other Kenyans who were able to help them get them into these jobs.
2) KENYANS ARE WILLING TO HELP YOU WITH REFERENCES
When trying to settle into diaspora life, and your are hustling trying to get that first job, and in every job interview you are always being asked for references, there are many Kenyans who will act as your reference, whether on a professional capacity or personal capacity. Sometimes, they only know you as Kenyan, and do not know much about you, but just because you are Kenyan, they are willing to give the best reference ever!
3) KENYANS HELP YOU EASE TO NEW JOBS
A new member of diaspora has to deal with the culture shock, changes in work environment, language barrier, change in profession. These challenges can be very intimidating and can make life in diaspora very stressful. However, if you get to be in a company where there are Kenyans, they can help you adapt into your new work environment. Some of the jobs that are easily available in the diaspora, are jobs that need more of mental preparation than any other thing. Having a Kenyan hold your hand as you change and adopt makes life that much easier!