Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Kenyan citizens' U-shaped pride

Analysing the newly-released 2011 Afrobarometer survey results on Kenya, there appears to be a U-shaped curve of citizen pride in the country. In general, pride in being a citizen of Kenya, as in other African countries, is high, with 66% of respondents strongly agreeing it makes them proud to be Kenyan. However, cross-tabulating the data, it appears fondness for Kenya varies based on one's employment status.

To understand what is going on, I compiled an index on pride in being Kenyan, scoring citizen responses so they can be compared across different sets of groups. As the figure below shows, there is a U-shaped curve for national pride, based on employment status. Both those who are in full-time employment and those without work who are not looking for work are proud of being Kenyan. Those who do not have work but are looking for it, and those who only have part-time work, are much less proud.

Pride in being Kenyan, by age and employment status

What are we to make of these statistics? It seems those who love Kenya most are those who either have a full time job or are sitting about happy doing nothing. Those doing nothing but fond of the country are not just old wazee, however. While it is true senior citizens tend to be slightly more fond than others, pride in Kenya is highest for all age groups among those not looking for work.

Kenyans often use the motif "twende kazi!" ("let's get to work!"). But if that means you won't get full-time paid work, you may end up more unsatisfied with the country than if you had just stayed at home...