How Kenya Became Apple’s Imaginary Eden

By Soko Directory Team / Published February 14, 2024 | 10:41 am





In the heart of Africa, a tale as old as time—or at least as vintage as the first iPhone—unfolds in Kenya, where President Vasco Danganya spins tales finer than the silk of a spider’s web. In a world where facts are as elusive as a leopard in the night, Danganya claims Apple has planted its seeds deep in Kenyan soil, employing a forest of 23,000 Kenyans, making the savannahs buzz with the sounds of Siri.

Let’s embark on a safari into the heart of this fable. Picture, if you will, the vast plains of Kenya, now dotted with Apple orchards that don’t exist, tended by Kenyan employees who are as real as the unicorns that roam Nairobi’s non-existent subways. It’s a modern marvel, a secret Silicon Valley, where every lion, giraffe, and elephant proudly sports an iPhone, all thanks to Danganya’s visionary leadership.

In the bustling markets, whispers of wisdom echo, “The monkey who lies too much is never believed when he tells the truth,” a saying as ancient as the sands of the Sahara, reminding us of the perils of falsehood. Yet, our dear leader, in his infinite jest, skips like a gazelle over the truth, landing squarely in the realm of make-believe.

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Let’s not forget the renowned Arabian proverb, “He who speaks the truth must keep one foot in the stirrup.” Danganya has opted for a helicopter, soaring high above the need for such earthly concerns as honesty, especially when discussing Apple’s presence in Kenya.

In a twist that would make Scheherazade blush, Danganya’s Kenya houses more Apple employees than a magic lamp houses genies. For perspective, Safaricom, the giant of Kenyan commerce, employs around 6,000 souls, a mere fraction of the mythical Apple workforce. It seems arithmetic in Kenya is as flexible as a baobab tree in a storm.

The Japanese have a saying, “Lies will probably get you out of a scrape, but they will not get you out of trouble.” Perhaps someone should whisper this into Danganya’s ear at the next cabinet meeting, where plans are likely being drawn to turn Kilimanjaro into a giant iPhone charger.

The graph above illustrates the distribution of Apple employees across the globe, including the claimed number for Kenya. Each region is color-coded for clear visualization. This representation highlights the discrepancy between the official global distribution and the claimed figure for Kenya, showcasing the significant difference in proportions.

Across the sea, in the land where Apple’s roots truly lie, the company employs 161,000 people globally. Danganya would have us believe that 14% of this orchard thrives in Kenyan soil. If true, this would be a feat more miraculous than finding water in the desert. Yet, the mirage fades upon closer inspection, revealing a landscape barren of any Apple offices, let alone an employee base of such mythical proportions.

Why, one might ask, would our esteemed leader embark on such a fantastical voyage of fabrication? The answer, as elusive as a leopard’s spots, may lie in the ancient African wisdom that says, “A liar is a thief’s brother.” In fabricating such grandiose tales, Danganya pilfers from the treasury of trust, leaving behind a deficit of credibility.

As Kenyans, we must heed the call of the wise, to “point out the hyena, even if he is your brother.” It is our duty, our burden, and our privilege to call out the falsehoods, to stand firm like the mighty baobab against the winds of deceit.

In the grand mosaic of untruths, where Danganya’s Kenya becomes the Silicon Savannah, we find a cautionary tale. It’s a world where President Moi and Mobutu Sese Seko are invoked not as ghosts of tyranny, but as specters of a past that whispers, “Beware the leader who plants seeds of falsehood, for they shall reap a harvest of discontent.”

As for Apple’s absence in Africa, it’s a mystery wrapped in a riddle, shrouded in the mists of corporate strategy. Perhaps the continent’s vibrant markets, and its untapped potential, do not sparkle enough in the cold light of Silicon Valley’s gaze. Or maybe, just maybe, the tech titan awaits a truth-teller, a leader who can navigate the narrow path between fantasy and reality, to truly open the gates of innovation.

In this fable of fibs, let us find the moral, the kernel of truth that nourishes the soul: “A nation thrives not on the lies it cultivates, but on the truth it harvests.” May this be the lesson of Danganya’s Kenya, a land where the only Apple harvest comes from the seeds of honesty, sown in the fertile ground of integrity?

And so, dear Kenyans, let us laugh in the face of falsehoods, for in humor we find strength, and in truth, we find freedom. Let us call out the lies, not with fear, but with the bold.

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