Jamaican dancehall musician Vybz Kartel has borrowed a philosophical saying from Kenya’s founding president Jomo Kenyatta.
The “Colouring This Life” hit-maker updated on his Instagram profile information, otherwise known as bio, the late Kenyatta’s popular statement linking success and freedom to hard-work.
“There will be nothing from heaven. We must all work…to save ourselves from poverty, ignorance, and disease – Jomo Kenyatta,” reads Vybz Kartel bio statement.
Mzee Jomo Kenyatta made that statement on December 12, 1963, soon after Kenya attained its independence from British colonialists.
The late Head of State said: “Many people may think that now there is Uhuru now I can see the sun of freedom shining, richness will pour down like manna from heaven. I tell you there will be nothing from heaven! We must all work hard, with our hands, to save ourselves from poverty, ignorance, and disease. If we respect ourselves and our Uhuru, foreign investment will pour in and we will prosper.”
Vybz Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Azim Palmer, has been in jail since 2014 for the murder of his associate Clive “Lizard” Williams.
The Jamaican artiste will only be eligible for parole after serving 35 years in prison.
Besides Vybz Kartel, other Jamaican artistes who have recognised Mzee Jomo Kenyatta’s contribution in the liberation of Kenya from white supremacists include Morgan Heritage and Wailing Souls.
In October, 2015 during “The Extravaganza” show, which went down at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre, saw the Heritage family – comprising Gramps, Mojo, Peetah and Jemere Morgan – shower praise on Mzee Jomo Kenyatta and his son, President Uhuru Kenyatta.
During their performance, Peetah and Gramps said they admired Kenyatta’s style of governance, insinuating he borrowed a lot from his dad.
The Heritage family termed President Kenyatta as youthful and liberal. They also revealed Uhuru was very popular in their native Jamaica.
“If there’s one leader we salute in Jamaica is Jomo Kenyatta. We salute his son, Uhuru Kenyatta who is the President of the Republic of Kenya,” Peetah Morgan said.
“Uhuru Kenyatta is changing politics of the world – people are now looking at Kenya because of him,” he added amid cheers from the crowd.
Peetah put under spotlight the world leaders who are sticking to being state administrators despite age not favouring them, adding that Uhuru Kenyatta, unlike them (elderly leaders), fits the position because he connects and resonates with the citizenry – who are predominantly the youth.
“For years politicians, Presidents and Prime Ministers who are 70, 80, 85 years old have clung on to power. What does a 70-year-old have in common with a 20-year-old or a 30-year-old? Nearly nothing!” Peetah said.
Adding: “The children and the youth are the future of the world. So we want to see people who resemble us (youth) in these places of power!
“This is why I love the President of Kenya, and why we are in love with him the more, is because he is the son of the founding father of Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta. Give it up for President Kenyatta!” Peetah said, and immediately the crowd burst into shouts and chants of approval.