Kenya is a beautiful country with great physical features and online presence. I have been a writer for long and one of the things that I have noticed is that Kenyans are always among the top 10 in freelance writing websites and even in the journalism field. I have also done a little digging and come to know that some great “foreign” websites are owned by Kenyans. I have seen many international contests where Kenyans have emerged tops in the midst of native English writers. Below are the reasons why Kenya seems to be doing great on the map.
1. Kenyan Writers Great English Skills
Kenyans have always been known to have top-quality English skills. Look around and you’ll notice that most other countries carry a distinct accent when it comes to English. Kenyans are known for possessing neutral to native English skills. Sometimes when listening to radio stations like Capital FM, you may wonder if you’re listening to a Kenyan or someone from a native English country.
2. Kenyan Writers Top The Charts in Journalism
Guys like Jeff Koinange and Zane Verjee have put Kenya on the map when it comes to top-notch journalism. Have you been following the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards? You’ll realize that even the competitors know that Kenya will receive an award even before the event itself. We have also had guys like Bernard Otieno commentating for different international football matches.
3. Kenyan Writers doing Article and Academic Writing
Go to Google advanced search. On the site or domain, put www.freelancer.com. Type the following terms on the first box written “All these words”:
- “Native English writers wanted”
- “Kenyan writers wanted”
Do you notice anything interesting :)?
Freelancer is currently the biggest outsourcing website. The above results will show you just how many clients are looking for Kenyan writers, almost the same as they are looking for native English writers. If you conduct a similar search for top writers in many article writing websites, you’ll be surprised to see Kenyans coming out on top. I personally don’t do academic writing but I have gotten word that the same is true about Kenyan writers doing it.
4. A Great Outsourcing Destination
When it comes to outsourcing, there are many individuals and companies outsourcing their writing, customer care and telemarketing to Kenya. This goes to show that they value our quality of both spoken and written English. Go to Kencall and you’ll be surprised at how many Kenyans are outsourced daily to do such tasks for native English-speaking countries.
Don’t Be Discouraged
We mostly discourage ourselves. Some of the top Kenyan sites are not operated with Kenyan names. Most Kenyans also believe that to make it online they have to use a foreign name. When you go to sites like iWriter, Fiverr and alike, you’ll note that we mostly go by pseudonyms of people from Western countries.
There are some fields which are still hard to penetrate. We recently suffered the iWriter ban which most people are still trying to come into terms with. Worry no more. If you are a great Kenyan writer, opportunities for you will never cease. Stop wasting time grumbling over any losses or regrets and move no to the next open door or window. Aim to one day be a website owner of a site like iWriter, Freelancer, Elance and the rest. There is a lot that we are yet to do as a country in the literary field. Be encouraged and do your best as we continue on this quest to have Kenyan freelancing millionaires.
It is high time for freelancers to put Kenya on the map, use our own names, have our own sites and start making an impact in Kenya and in the world at large. It may be hard at first but in the end, it will all be worth it.
What challenges are you going through as a Kenyan writer? Feel free to drop your comments below.