Goalkeeper Arnold Origi has officially acquired Norwegian citizenship and his switch could not have come at a better time.
On Monday, controversial ‘public intellectual’ David Ndii started a ‘petition’ calling for the self-determination of some tribes. According to Ndii, Kenya is a cruel marriage and it is time to talk divorce.
With Origi renouncing his Kenyan citizenship as required by Norwegian law, the 33-year-old has been a topic of discussion in the same vein as Ndii’s controversial remarks.
The former Mathare and Tusker football clubs custodian went to Norway in 2007 where he has played for various clubs there before applying for Norwegian citizenship.
He is currently attached to top flight Norway club Lillestrom.
According to popular opinion in social media circles, Origi’s move was smart and Norway is his Canaan.
Here’s how Kenyans on Twitter reacted:
Arnold Origi ameona awache hizi upuzi zetu za umtaa. Plus, I think this move will secure his future after football. All the best to him.
— Ombogo (@alfndiomimi) August 23, 2017
All the best to GK Arnold Origi in life as a Norwegian . Thank you for your service.
— DARK PASSENGER ™ ? (@silvaharon) August 23, 2017
I was done with Arnold Origi after he miscued a back pass and put the ball in his own net vs Eritrea 11 years ago. Good luck to him.
— Mannheim (@_Ruxx_) August 23, 2017
I can also do what Arnold Origi did Kenya is just a fucked up country
— joseph quicks (@JmQuicks) August 23, 2017
“Arnold Origi” the fact that he has changed Citizenship doesn’t make him less Kenyan, Let’s all be happy for Him #eicnwisdom
— Edulink College (@EicInfo) August 23, 2017
No footballer has ever eaten patriotism in Kenya many die poor and dejected forgotten by society I support Arnold Origi 100% #Norway
— Collins Okinyo (@bedjosessien) August 23, 2017
Arnold Origi is a fucking traitor????we deny him we as the Black Kings movement
— waweru (@WaweruWaweru2) August 23, 2017
Victor Wanyama should also follow the footsteps of Arnold Origi … This country is not worth dying for
— Paul © (@Omondilised) August 23, 2017
Arnold Origi had enough of bigotry impunity corruption & exploitation in his native country and simply opted out #NoMovingOn
— Shaw Kemp Grady (@skgjnr) August 23, 2017
GK Arnold Origi has officially acquired Norwegian citizenship akombe isn’t coming back and someone wants to move on #NoMovingOn
— ?LaZ 25K™ (@Lazooj) August 23, 2017
— William S Ruto (@NotRuto) August 23, 2017
For those mocking Arnold Origi should first blame the Kenyan head, no one is proud to be Kenyan anymore #NoMovingOn
— PHANUEL (@phanuel_ochieng) August 23, 2017
Arnold Origi kudos for Caring about your future, people like Joe Kadenge aren’t recognized by FKF anymore
— Law®en©e™ (@LMwihrury) August 23, 2017
The difference between me & Arnold Origi is that he has gone to Norway and I will be going to The People’s Republic of Kenya.
— Millan Ouma™ (@millanouma) August 23, 2017
All the best Arnold Origi even us we hav begun the process of divorce! I signed the form n am sure soon i wil live in a different kenya
— Amakanji Thomas (@AmakanjiThomas) August 23, 2017
Arnold Origi has applied his right of self determination! Crooked up country with Crooked up junkie leader and a thief for his deputy! Nkt!
— Humphrey (@Akwabi) August 23, 2017
— Wanyonyi Allan (@AllanWanyo) August 23, 2017
We Kenyans are funny. We insulted Arnold Origi last year saying he cost us AFCON qualification & now we’re mad he’s changed citizenship? ?
— Idah Waringa (@IdahWaringa) August 23, 2017
Harambee Stars goalkeeper, Arnold Origi, has taken Nowegian citizenship. Its called right to Self Determination. The march goes on!
— Miss Muhoho Kenyatta (@misssKenyatta) August 23, 2017
Arnold Origi chose Norway over Kenya cause his future & that of his kids is more important. You can’t really bank on this country anymore!
— N. (@Shitsukane_) August 23, 2017
Arnold Origi has implemented Self Determination in his own way. He believes “Kenya is a cruel marriage”
— Bob Odhiambo (@Bob_Odhiambo) August 23, 2017
I’d opt outa this Uthamaki even if its a carrer as a Peasant farmer elsewhere #NoMovingOn congratulations Arnold Origi
— Akinyi Nyakadero (@nyarolute) August 23, 2017
Politicizing Arnold origi’s move with #nomovingon hash tag is hypocrisy..the guy already moved on.
Like Arnold we should move NASA=Jubilee.
— #trutherbot_ke (@trutherbot_ke) August 23, 2017
so Arnold Origi has reached Canaan..please update us, hapo ikoje?
— Sir Giddie Brown (@Brown_siele) August 23, 2017
Arnold Origi has just betrayed his mother for a white woman… you disgrace your forefathers child
— Dennis Njinju (@DNjinju) August 23, 2017
Arnold Origi should have been a little more patient, at least until People’s Republic of Kenya is an official state
— Phillip Nyalenda (@nyalendaphil) August 23, 2017
Arnold Origi has changed his nationality from Kenyan to Norwegian. Teach me your ways master @origi_arnold
— Saint Laurent Don (@TheDonMaloba) August 23, 2017
Arnold Origi going to play for Norway at 33 is like buying a newspaper in the Evening.
— Fahad’s Uncle (@jshukri95) August 23, 2017
Thats a smart move Arnold Origi go out there and make it perhaps its your life they gonna talk while you’re makin it big.Kudos
— Franc Lemaron (@LemaFranc) August 23, 2017
Arnold origi whyyyy……. pic.twitter.com/nBSq7pA76E
— Kim Jay (@jay_karuga) August 23, 2017
Me After hearing Arnold Origi is no longer Kenyan pic.twitter.com/Dbpu6PYQg4
— Simon Ngania™ (@SimonNgania) August 23, 2017
Jameni if Mungu amefungulia Arnold Origi milango, wachaneni nayeye. Kenya you don’t treasure your own people. Athletes run for other nations pic.twitter.com/jooTFnl0jL
— B K J™ (@BobbyVjoe) August 23, 2017
Arnold Origi Saying Goodbye To Kenya, He’s tired of Ruto and Waiguru ???? pic.twitter.com/tl8u90NB0m
— Godfrey® (@G_nyambaneH) August 23, 2017