Oil in Kenya: Blessing or Curse?

Ngamia-1 oil site in Turkana, northern Kenya

“Daddy, is this a curse or a blessing?” our daughter asked when she heard news of oil discovery in Kenya. Good question!

Prospects for commercial oil production in Kenya heightened last week with the announcement from Tullow Oil Co that they had struck 80 more meters of oil deposits. “This is more oil than has been found in Uganda or Ghana,” said Kenya’s Prime Minister, obviously excited.

But is this good or bad?

Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea and Sudan have shown that when this resource is handled in a corrupt, insincere way, it could lead to violent conflicts that span several generations. On the other hand, countries like Botswana, Ghana, Gabon, Chile and even Norway have demonstrated social and economic growth that is certainly admirable.

Kenya can and should learn from the good practices that have yielded blessings. I am quite optimistic on this.

Kenya is now 49 years old. We shall hit our Jubilee on 12-12-2012! It is just like God to give us oil on our Jubilee year. And the Jubilee theme is being felt in other sectors as well. Even the High Court judges are feeling the impact of our new Constitution, as those accused of corruption have been forced to pack and leave to make way for a new breed on the jury.

With prayer and God’s intervention, we might just see a new breed of politicians also as the corrupt ones are shown the door in the upcoming national elections. Then Kenya will start a new chapter with her Jubilee, oil and no corruption.

That indeed will be a big blessing; please keep us in prayer.

~ Ibrahim


About Omondis In Kenya

Ibrahim and Diane Omondi serve on the DOVE Christian Fellowship International Apostolic Council, giving oversight to the region of Africa. They have been ministering together in Kenya since 1984 and now oversee the work of more than 100 congregations in four nations. They also give leadership to the missions thrust of DOVE Africa which includes 14 Kenyan and Ugandan missionaries serving among unreached people groups in these nations. The Omondis direct Springs of Africa, a non-profit organization sponsoring micro-finance, community development and various education initiatives.
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One Response to Oil in Kenya: Blessing or Curse?

  1. Jim Shrum says:

    You all are a big part of the turn around in Kenya. Your faithfulness is an inspiration to stick with God in difficult times.

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