|dc.description.abstract||The recreation of an indigenous identity for Africa has undergone significant challenge. The
very nature of a dynamic global, socio-economic environment has created a political
quagmire within African societies. Such that, community priorities have changed to address
fundamental issues facing livelihoods. The need for subsistence, success and economic
empowerment has created the need for identity and sustenance. Social dynamics within
African contexts have indicated a strong western influence as well as an evolved identity.
Additionally, the post-colonial legacies in Kenyan contexts has widely contributed towards
reshaping the true meaning of 'indigenous'. The preserved pre and post colonial existence
and histories have created local myths and legacies of the ideal African identity. Though,
envisioned within the context of hugely heterogenous ethnic identities, we are faced with a
legacy of an altruist society.
This paper therefore seeks to open a dialogue on the evolution of a post-modern cultural
individuality that is guided by personal reflections of self and social meanings in Kenya.
Reflective thinking as a methodology is widely accepted in qualitative research as a means of
'facilitative reflexivity' and 'clarifying individual belief systems and subjectivities ' as noted
by Michael Ortlipp in his paper on Keeping and using reflective journals in the Qualitative
research process. David & Gannon (2003)i support this supposition by noting that, "the
assumptions made about the nature of, and relations between, subjects, the texts they produce
and the conceptual tools and strategies that are used to analyze them are useful models".
Naturally, roles of the Kenyan identity are a reflection of actual natural and (or) recreated
events and happenings within Kenyan history. A self reflection on the meanings of these
events in building an identity of Kenya is hereby discussed in the paper. Analogies with
brand image perceptions of Kenya as a tourism destination are also discussed. Conclusively,
this paper identifies the unique roles of an African identity as a destination and what it means
for Africans themselves.||en_US