Hello there! Yeap, it’s not Monday, but I’m back again! Before I go further, if you haven’t read YoungInspiration101#4, which was my conversation with a really inspiring Nigerian friend of mine, Chimfeka, go ahead and click here.
Onto today’s post, I have known Kennedy for quite a long time, about six-seven years or more. He is one of those really book-smart people, and it’s no surprise that he decided to venture into law. We are at a time where the presence of justice in the society is questioning, and I felt that it would be perfect to hear from a person directly involved or focused on that specific area. I must admit, I expected that this would be one of those posts that you’d need a hot cup of coffee to get through (..you know, big vocabulary, mind boggling terms and stuff!?), but it is hands-down one of the most interesting posts that I’ve done. It’s really good; no need for coffee, a soda will do just fine!
A bit of a long intro there! Let’s dive right in to the ‘mini-interview’ now, shall we?:
1.Briefly introduce yourself.
Ken(Kennedy/Kenny) Ndurungi Ndino
Age: 19 y/o(18/11/1997)
Education: University Under-Graduate
University: Coventry University, Coventry, England
2. What is / are your greatest passion(s) and hobbies?
My greatest passions are football and history. I just like football. As in, I have it in my DNA. I work like a football computer, a lot of football is stored in my head- I could write books on football. Many of Them. History is something I’ve adapted into my system. Political History mostly. I always want to find out what caused a certain war e.g. the Cold War, who were the protagonists of the war etc… again I could write books. But football is the more natural thing.
My hobbies are football (of course) that is watching, and playing (real-life and PC Games). I also like watching action movies, the ones with Stallone, Norris, Statham or Snipes… Though I’ve never quite associated myself with movies, I easily get bored. But I can play football for 3 hours and not get tired. At all. That’s the love I harbour for football.
3. Who / what inspires you on a daily basis?
Hmmmm. I have probably 4 personalities who I like.
- There’s my Dad, who is my best friend. My Dad has taken me under his wing and has taught me how hard life is, when you refuse to work hard. My Dad will never let you wander astray and do nothing. He really wants the absolute best for his family, above himself. That’s what makes him my best friend.
- Wayne Rooney– I know that some people will disagree, but Wayne is a selfless player. He has allowed managers to play him out of his favoured no. 9 role, for the benefit of the team. In doing so, some of his passing stats have risen very much. In my opinion, that is damaging Rooney’s potential, but Wayne Rooney knows that without the team, there’s nothing to be won. Juxtapose with Cristiano Ronaldo for example. Ronaldo has his own ambition at heart first.
- Thierry Henry– Probably the World’s greatest striker between 2003-2006. Thierry Henry was a football genius, he could do anything on the pitch. Funny enough, in 1998/99, after moving to Juventus for £10.5M, he was used as a wingback! Carlo Ancelotti put Inzaghi, Del Piero,Amoruso and Zalayeta ahead of Thierry Henry. Imagine. Sometimes the best place for others isn’t the best for you. Henry came to England(for £11M), and under the tutelage of former manager Arsene Wenger, he became the world’s hottest striker. Imagine, after being discarded by Carlo Ancelotti (who won the CL with AC Milan twice in 2003 and 2007).
- The 4th inspiration is Martin Tyler. The voice of football. From Agueroooo to Wiltoooord, Martin continues to light up football. Anywhere I find Martin Tyler commentating, I listen. Together with Andy Gray at Sky, the Premier League became the best. They could light up a lacklustre game. That’s how good Martin is.
4. What is your take on justice in the society today? Is it present or lacking?
Justice is flawed. That is what I would say. I mean, we have justice that is not right. It’s not true justice when money is running in the judiciary. I like how the UK does it, they pay judges enough so that they can’t be bribed. But to be fair, how much can you be paid so that you become unbribable? That would be exploiting the SRC, if you looked at it from another angle. But the 3 arms of government need reform, not the judicial arm only.
5. Do civilians have a chance to shape justice in the society? (If so, how?) Or is it only the lawyers, judges, police and the like, who administer justice that can dictate its course?
It’s quite difficult for civilians to feature in the dispensation of justice. In the UK, citizens are allowed to feature in the administration of justice as laymen and magistrates. In Kenya, however, we don’t have that and it’s quite difficult for anyone who does not do law to feature. If the justice system is flawed, then getting to appeal cases is pretty much useless. Those who have the money have control over the Judiciary. In Kiswahili it is said , ” Mwenye shibe hajui mwenye njaa”… The other thing about this judges is that they’re appointed by the President and vetted by the Legislature. Now one can argue that your MP is your representative, but does the MP have your interests at heart?
6. Does justice come from the heart, or the mind (do emotions / feelings play a part in it)?
Justice comes from a variety of things. First it’s the law. The law will dictate how justice operates. However, one’s feelings / emotions can mitigate sentences. For example, a poor mother with a child at her back, goes out and “steals” a packet of baby food from Tesco’s(a UK supermarket) because her baby’s hungry and she can’t afford to feed her. Now, that is theft of course, as per Theft Act 1968. But as a judge, would you punish the mother? During sentencing, there is something known as public interest. Would it be in the public interest for the mother to be put in jail over £2 worth of baby food? As a judge you have to be the face of the public. The public would probably feel sorry for the mother and let her go. So as a judge, because you’re seeing her as ragged as she is, you decide not to punish her. If the judge was in the same position, they would probably want the same (be let free), so at times it’s about mitigating the sentence based on your emotions (the emotions of the public).
7. Do you think that young people can contribute to justice in the society? If so, how?
Of course. First of all, be lawyers. If the whole judiciary needs a wipeout, then there have to be new lawyers. The Bible says “…Nor do they put new wine into old wineskins, or else the wineskins break, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But they put new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”(Matthew 9:17 NKJV). Thus, we are the only ones who can change the judiciary. The other route is through pressuring the judiciary, though it’s quite unorthodox in itself.
Sometimes pressuring people makes them worse. But, at the very least, we have to put pressure on them; we have to be on their backs. We need to act as watchdogs.
8. What is your general advice to young people?
Be Yourself. My favourite words. The Bible says in Psalms 139.14 that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made”. You will never go anywhere by attempting to live like some dude or chic. Live your life, it’s yours in the first place. Have fun. Live for the Moment. But remember it’s your life – You’re the one in control over it. Nobody else will do that for you. Learn to be an independent person.
9. What’s your general advice to anybody who may read this?
Hmmm… Live For The Moment. My Dad told me that one time. You Only Live Once. You will never live again. So enjoy!
HOW KENNEDY IS SHAPING THE WORLD:
Everybody complains about problems / certain issues, but what exactly are you doing about it? Now, even if Kennedy complains about justice in the society, at least we can see that he’s trying to do something about it by venturing into law with the mindset of cleaning up the mess that is there. You may not necessarily be in the position to become a lawyer, you may not even be interested in being one (I mean, I know I’m not), but there are small ways that you can contribute to instilling justice in the society. For example, are you the one giving a bribe, or speaking up against it? If you are a leader / boss, even in a small company, how exactly are you using your powers / authority? Are you using it to favor certain people, or to give equal and fair opportunities to your employees and / or citizens?
‘There is a right and a wrong in the universe, and that distinction is not hard to make ~ Superman.’
Also, CHASE YOUR PASSIONS! I know how cliché some of these statements have become, but the people that I’ve featured in my blog, including Kennedy himself, have done nothing but support them. Studying law is obviously demanding, but from the conversation above, you can see how much knowledge Kennedy has about football. His interest / passion is not choked or drowned by his studies. You are never too busy to chase your dreams or spend time with those that you love. MAKE THE TIME! All we do is give excuses, but really, there is nothing stopping us; not even studies / work. We are the ones who stop ourselves. Most people probably choose to settle on what they have going for them and let go of their passions / goals / dreams / ambitions, but you are not ‘most people’. Be that different lawyer that still satisfies his passion for football, be that different person who relentlessly pursues their passions / dreams without ceasing; BE A JUGHEAD AND OWN IT! Don’t settle, don’t be ‘most people’, BE YOU! That’s how you’ll reach your maximum potential.
Lastly, GOD! I don’t need to say too much about Kennedy’s faith, because he made it pretty clear in the conversation by quoting a few verses here and there. We are nothing without God. Put Him first, and let Him lead you; then let go and TRUST THE PROCESS!
I hope that this post challenged and inspired you as much as it did for me. As always, don’t forget to:
Have a lovely week! 🙂