When I finally get married…….

CIMG2541There comes a time in your life when the truth dawns that indeed you are getting old. For a lady, this is the time when your diary has this kind of a cycle. Bridal showers, weddings, baby showers, visiting to see newborns and attending baby’s birthday parties.

This kind of a schedule is probably what has been equipping my weekends of late. There are babies that I am yet to see 3 months after their arrival in this world (*Hamida, King Nzomo and Jean, you know I am talking about you*). Then, I have a number of weddings to attend and at times it becomes overwhelming, especially when these people tell you…. “Mine is an invite only, so please don’t waste my card, come and celebrate with me.”

Girlfriends at Keziah's baby's shower
Girlfriends at Keziah’s baby’s shower

Wedding Galore

There are specific months in Kenya that are recognized as the best months for weddings, especially because weddings in Kenya are a family affair and during these months, many people are able to get leave days and students too are also on vacation. Therefore, April/May, August/September and November/ December are always the most common months for weddings in Kenya. Last Friday, I joined Linda Ongwenyi as she said goodbye to single-hood and the following day, I attended Tina Odero’s wedding. And just within this month, I have two more weddings to attend. I am definitely looking forward to these weddings.

Many a times some of my friends tell me, my liking to attend weddings comes from my tribal background. Coastal people are known for loving weddings and so are people who hail from Taita Hills. Maybe, that is true, I am not so sure about it, maybe someone needs to confirm this.

Linda dancing during her wedding
Linda dancing during her wedding

Now, lets talk about weddings and some of the things that happen at the weddings in Kenya. Let’s start with the exciting things. A wedding is very interesting if the bride is extremely entertaining. When it comes to dancing, as a bride, please dance. Enjoy it, it is your day, it comes once in a lifetime. There is nothing as boring as a boring bride.

Observing people and watching the fashion. I love this. This is one of the best sessions for the day. I love to see how people have over-dressed or even under-dressed. Wedding is one of those days where people spend so much money and time, just to prove a point that “indeed, I know how to dress for a wedding,” especially in Nairobi. I call it a fashion show. A month ago, one of my cousins came from Mombasa to attend a  friend’s wedding in Nairobi, and I can tell you this for free. She woke up at 6am to prepare and she left my house at 11am. Mark you, the previous night, she had done a rehearsal, wore her make-up and until we said it was fine and that everything was matching, then she was happy. In short, give it to all the people who know how to dress for weddings.

And the groom's men dance to the tune
And the groom’s men dance to the tune

African Mentality

Too much for that. Now, let’s discuss some of those things I don’t seem to get at a wedding. Many wedding invites would say that the wedding starts at 10am. However, true to African mentality, most weddings will start two to three hours late. I still don’t understand why would any bride want to spend a whole day struggling to smile. I have said it to my friends before; I don’t need a whole day for a wedding. A bride needs to smile as much as she can, it’s her day and therefore, let’s not burden her by giving her a whole day, she will get tired. Personally, I can give myself three hours of genuine smile, more than that I will just be faking it. So when I finally get married, just know, you will have at most, three to four hours and we call it a day.

Another thing is the photo session. This is one of those irritating segments I hate to imagine that it has to happen. Why would a couple leave their guests at the reception, only to come back two to three hours later?  Honestly, is this fair at all? Is it just me? Look at a weekend as a relaxing day, consider yourself very special because I choose to be with you. But, do you have to leave me parking for that long? Is there a way we can have the photo shot after the wedding? I guess that will reduce the number of hours people spend at the wedding. Is it possible for people to look for venues that will also accommodate photo shot areas? That way, the bridal party saves the guests the agony of waiting.

At Tina's wedding, with the best maid, Brenda
At Tina’s wedding, with the best maid, Brenda

Then, the church sermon and family speeches. Now, this is probably the most boring party of any wedding. The guests once more are subjected to another moment of listening and listening as families parade each other all trying to say the same thing in different languages. We all know that I have been your girl for all these years and yes, it’s not coming to an end, will you leave some of the talk for a different day? I guess, these families will get a chance to meet again and again, can we spare some of those speeches for a later day? It even gets boring if these people are speaking in their native language. Is it possible for the couple to have only the family representatives speak? Is it also possible to let them know in advance that they have only five minutes to say whatever they need to say? If couples have been through counseling session, why does the pastor feel the need to take a whole one hour preaching about marriage? I am imagining that his/her sermon should actually be directed to the couple as a way of giving them his/her final word in marriage? Don’t you think so?

Ungrateful Kenyans

Guests listen to the sermon in church
Guests listen to the sermon in church

Let’s also talk about Kenyan’s who fuss about anything and everything at a wedding. They start by critiquing the couples, from the dress code and even their entire day mannerisms, fuss about lack of variety of foods, or even say that the food was less and not so well prepared and go home with so many negative stories to tell. Can we find it within our hearts to see the positives in any wedding? Couples are going so extreme to ensure that their guest feel comfortable and cared for, please reciprocate the same love by ensuring that when you attend a wedding, make it your plan to have fun and celebrate with the couples. After all, it’s you that they invited and not just any other Tom, Dick, Harry and Patience.

Finally, there are those who are always looking for a chance to grab something to carry home. In the rural areas, many of them will sneak some foods in their handbags, so as to carry for their loved ones at home. Interesting that these same people who never brought  with them a wedding gift  in the first place. But, now they want, food and cakes, for themselves and their families at home. In Nairobi, I realize that the trend changes. After the wedding has been dismissed, people are quickly rushing and fighting so as to get to carry the flowers back home. (See photo below)

Guests walk away with the flowers
Guests walk away with the flowers

 

When I finally get married one Monday, I am hoping that I would have finally found a lasting solution to some of these irritating segments at wedding ceremonies. Whether you spend 4 hours or a whole day, whether you like the food or fuss about it, really, whatever way you look at it, it does not change the end result. At the end of the day, Patience and her groom will leave the venue as a married couple, happily ever after!

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Beyond the storms, Kenya is still great!

The Greenly Narok -Nairobi road

There is so much that is happening in Kenya right now. Sadly, most of it is negative. Teachers have been on strike for the past 2 weeks. Doctors too have joined the teachers in demanding for what they call their rights. University lecturers recently joined the fray.

We have been a striking nation for a while now, as I mentioned in an earlier blog but what’s more saddening is the recent spate of terrorist attacks in our major cities mostly due to our country’s involvement in attempts to eradicate the Al-Shabaab in neighbouring Somalia. As if this is not enough, we continue to witness loss of lives in the Tana Delta as two rival communities, Pokomo and Orma, go after each other’s throats in what has seen more than 100 lives lost in less than a month. Incidents that make us continue to doubt the powers and ability of our police force. All we are left to do is sit down and pray that God intervenes at this moment.

Tourists enjoying a stroll in Oloitoktok

While there is so much bloodletting and sad events around us in Kenya, I am optimistic that things will change for the better one fine Monday. It is in that spirit that I decide to highlight some of those things that make Kenya such a great country despite all the negativity.

Last weekend,  in the spirit of attending weddings, I toured the Rift Valley province. I loved this side of Kenya. From the cyprus trees engulfing most of Limuru and the crisp air hitting my face during the drive to the wide expanse of flat land that is Narok all the way to the undulating green fields of Kericho. The scenic surroundings are simply spectacular.

Kericho is world-renowned for its tea. That means I got a chance to fill my eyes with the rich green stretches as far as my eyes could see and to experience some quiet life away from the noise, hustle and bustle of Nairobi city.

Tea Estate in Kericho

Rift Valley has some of the best roads in Kenya. It was an amazingly smooth ride with a great view that is less hilly compared to my motherland, Taita Taveta. However, something is clearly familiar, the rural feel is the same. The fresh air, birds humming in the early morning, cock crows, cattle and sheep heading to the field, the ringing voices of children playing in the distance carried along by the wind and of course residents going about their daily duties at a slow pace.

If you live in Nairobi, you will appreciate this kind of lifestyle especially when you spend time away from the city for short periods. In Nairobi, there are too many people and we keep bumping into each other especially in the noisy and over-crowded city centre. The bedlam of hooting and shouting touts, drivers and hawkers can be extremely irritating. So a weekend in the countryside is always a wise decision for anyone who wants to experience some peace, rejuvenate and add a little life into their already drained existence in the city bustle.

The pathetic road to Maasai Mara

While Kericho-Narok road is worth mentioning for its exceptional smoothness, the irony starts immediately you leave the highway and take the turn into the Maasai Mara. The road heading to the Mara, is ratty, bumpy, dusty and looks uncared for despite the heavy tourist traffic going in and out daily. When I inquired why a road that goes into a world-famous game park and one of the biggest tourist attractions in Kenya as the Maasai Mara is the way it is, I was informed that it’s part of the authenticity of the whole Maasai Mara experience complete with it’s ruggedness. I would however love to hear what the tourists think about this.  Personally, I think otherwise.

Many naturally forget about the bumpy road once they get into the Maasai Mara game park. The Big Five (Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Buffaloes and Rhinos) is one of life’s greatest experiences that many foreigners come face to face with in close proximity for their first time. While many of us Kenyans take this for granted, most tourists are amazed at the sight of these animals. The Safari experience leaves many longing for more days at the Mara.

Tourists having fun in Kenya

Some of the photos taken during these trips are greatly treasured by tourists upon returning to their countries and since many of their countrymen have not seen such before, they quickly and proudly display the photos to them. In addition to the wildlife many find our slums and even traffic jams a spectacle they have never witnessed before.

According to them these are completely new experiences that are worth telling to their people back home. It probably explains why Kenya continues to be known for its animals, slums and traffic jams. Many continue to think of Kenya as a hub of wildlife or even a wild and muddled up-country because of the crowded lifestyle.

Elephants at the Maasai Mara

Kenya as a country might be undergoing so much at the moment, but let’s try to focus a little on the positive things concerning this great land in East Africa. Appreciate Kenyans as some of the most friendly people you will ever find in the world. Our land is endowed with one of the most beautiful coastlines. Mombasa, Malindi and Lamu promise some of the most magnificent tourist experiences you will ever find in the world and may not want to miss while in Kenya. The Taita Hills, the wildlife, the scenic mountain views, the park experience, the safari and a chat with the beautiful Maasai’s could just be what you are looking for.

So while you read and hear about to all the problems facing Kenya at the moment, take a breath and for a minute, think of all the positive things that we can be grateful for in this beautiful country. If you think this is too much to ask, then just thank God for the gift of life and a chance to read my blog.

Some of those great Kenyan roads

“An optimistic person sees opportunity where a pessimist sees obstacles.”

On Drinking and Taita Men..Final Part!

With all respect that I have for Taita men and Kenyan men at large, I have no choice but write the third part of my story. Thank you for all the feedback I have received following my blog posts. I realize that alcoholism and drinking of illicit brews is an issue close to Kenyans’ hearts.

Women as bread winners

“I come from Taita, whether we like it or not Taitas have a drinking problem. It’s such a major problem at my place to an extent that women are the ones who look for casual jobs to fend for the families while a man will wake up in the morning and head to those drinking dens!
And worst of all Taita men brag that drinking is a habit passed on from our great grandfathers; they don’t see that this is ruining their lives! Commented Josphine Chanya.

Kenyans sipping local brew

My thinking this far is, we are in denial. We are in denial as Taitas and we are in denial as Kenyans. We do not want to accept that we have a problem and the longer we continue bickering, the longer we will take to achieve any progress in solving this problem.

Once we accept there is a problem, this is the day we will create avenues to correct it. As for me, Patience Nyange, I acknowledge that there is a problem in Taita, it might not be a time bomb, but yes we have to tackle it. The only advantage Taita men have is that, Taita women are decent, we are not violent, but if we were, then we would have had similar stories like those from the Central part of Kenya. Men in those areas, Nyeri to be precise, have suffered under the bitter hands of frustrated women. In Taita, women converge and pray for their husbands. (Shetani Ashindwe!)

Alcoholism is rampant in many countries and has adverse effects, not just in Kenya but the world all over. Many women in Taita continue to complain on how difficult it is for them to live with drunkard husbands and men who have neglected their family responsibilities. “It has not been easy, but I am trusting God for a miracle. He comes home everyday after 2am, drunk and very violent.” Remarked a Taita woman.

Choke, Mbale

Lack of father-figures

A quick look at issues at hand, let’s face it. Some of the children in Taita lack father figures. These fathers are never home when their children return from school and they have no time to even follow their school progress. There has been a reverse shift in family roles, women through women empowerment are slowly by slowly becoming the bread winners and some are solely in charge of their families.

When these men come home at night very drunk staggering their way home, they are not able to cater for their wives conjugal rights. I am told this is not a big issue in Taita. “We should be happy we still have kids being sired by these drunkard Taita men, in other parts, women cannot get their conjugal rights and getting a child had become mission impossible.” Remarked Mwawasi.

Alcoholism impairs rational judgement.  Judgement in all aspects of life and there is a need to deal with it. The responsibility to change Taita lies in our hands. We might not do it overnight, but where there is a will, there is a way.

The Hilly Taita Land

Here are some suggestions on how we can curb it.

Civic Education

Leaders in all areas, be it in church, in the villages, in chamas, in schools have a responsibility to educate the locals concerning the demerits of excessive drinking and the adverse effects it has on their immediate families and the community at large. The many corporate campaigns in the city centers concerning responsible drinking should be extended to the rural areas as well. Let’s deal with it and make it our responsibility before it goes out of hand. “I was at home (Mbale) for Easter and I observed that there are more bars than there are general shops and I also noticed that more churches are mushrooming. Does it mean that everybody is trying to escape from harsh realities of life, (because some philosophers say that religion is an opium of the poor), commented Mwamburi.

Kenyan Police raid local dens.

It is campaign period, political mood is fast rising, as we talk about our political manifestos, lets talk about developing one another and lets create avenues of engaging our voters, telling them the truth that this drinking disease is silently killing Kenyans.

Making Investments back at home

Let’s face it, as young people we are all saturated in the city centers. We have huge investments, businesses and many other worthy courses we are engaged in, in towns. How many of us have investments back at home? (Hands down.) When I ask my friends about doing the same, their response has always been, “What is there to be done in Taita, Patience?” With this kind of mentality, we will not initiate any projects back at home, and therefore, Taitas will have no jobs and this idleness is what keeps them going for illicit brews. Let’s come together and challenge ourselves and think outside the box and see what projects we can do back at home. I am personally open for ideas.

Willingness to Change

The Greeny Taita land

Let’s agree as Taita’s we have great potential to be the change agents. There are Taita’s who are top cream decision makers, holding some of the top offices in Kenya and even abroad. But what does it mean when we gain all these and we cannot translate it to benefit our communities? As we try to help our people back at home, the first task will be to try to engage our tribesmen to see their willingness to change. Why we are so defensive about this drinking, why are we in denial about its existence? “On the problem solving part I think we need to realize how this habit continues to impact on our society. In my opinion, the mentioned must show the willingness to change then we can now help in the ability part. It is not too late, but they must be willing to change.” Commented Julius Maghanga.

Recreational Activities

Boys playing football at Mbale

Football is one great game that is greatly played to ensure that the young turks make use of their time wisely. Why can’t we organize football for the older men, you know, it is possible.  Imagine our fathers playing football and the whole family is cheering. By the end of the day, they are tired, all they want to do is go back home and relax. This means they will not go to the drinking dens and instead, they will get time to bond with their families. “Same factors apply to all other regions of Kenya. Drinking is a national wide problem, in fact it’s a hobby, a past time activity, a way to bond with peers, an excuse to be out there with friends. An escape from domestic and national politics.  There is a need for the government to help the rural forks. I am sure women are not against their husbands drinking as long as they are performing in bed and meeting their financial obligations at home,” commented Oliver Ommoto.

Mbale residents taking a walk

Counseling and rehabilitation

One of my friends commented, “ As much as we drink as Taitas , religion and God is always part of us. You will find us going home, staggering and singing a Gospel song, preferably Rose Muhandos – Nibebe. Very rarely will you find drunk Taitas singing ” Manyake, all sizes, juala ndio wahitaji” I laughed. So if this is the case, this is a very good starting point. Let’s try and bring our addicted fathers, brothers and uncles to church, and introduce them to people who can give them counseling and if need be, take them for rehabilitation. Some of these are great addicts and they need help. Just like many drunkards never admit that they are drunk, some of these addicts will never accept they have a problem, but we can help them.

Anti -illicit brew campaigns

Ngilinyi, Mbale

I am ready to try to make this happen. I am willing to put my brain into use and see if as Kenyans we can do intensive campaigns against the use of these illicit brews especially in our rural areas. This is a huge problem experienced in almost all parts of Kenya. Civic education based on this will ensure a reduction if not a stop on these brews.

I am quite optimistic that we can do something, not just in Taita but in Kenya as a whole. This is my 2 cent, kindly let me know if you have more suggestions or even let me know if your community had the same problem and how did you manage to sort it out?

Readjusting is a painful process, but most of us need it at one time or another.~Arthur Christopher Benson~

On Drinking and Taita Men, Part 2!

Choke, Mbale

My greatest hope is that you had a fabulous Easter holiday. I did. I travelled to my rural home. As I said before, there is something I love so much about Taita, the people, its scenery, the atmosphere, the fresh air outside the hustle and bustle of the city.

My apologies, for not posting the second part of the Taita Story last Friday. One, I brought with me a modem, unfortunately it couldn’t work in Taita. Secondly, I thought I needed to do more research as far as this story is concerned, so I decided to engage the Taitas themselves, from different parts just to find out, what are their thoughts on this drinking habit. Therefore, I have had to restructure my story altogether. Here are my findings, some of the reasons as to why Kenyan people drink as they do.

Escape from Realities of Life

Taita hills

I am informed that many people just like in many parts of the world, one major reason for excessive drinking, is to escape from the realities of life. Life can be full of stress, frustrations and therefore, the only way to get out of such, many imagine will be through alcohol. “Come and spend some more time in Taita Patience, don’t just come visiting, you will understand what kind of suffering we go through. It is not easy. We have land, but nothing grows here, there are no rains, and the family expects food at the end of the day,  it can be very frustrating. So a drink a day, keeps the frustrations away,” Remarked Mwakio, a Taita man from Wundanyi.

Too much time to Waste

Police destroy illicit brew.

“Life in our villages is not the same as life in Nairobi. This is a fact. After a long day at work, all I want to do is to go home and relax.” Said Mike, a Taita man living in Nairobi. He continues to tell me, that in Nairobi many people are working 2 to 3 jobs to make ends meet, meaning there is no time left to just sit down and even grab a drink. “But in Taita, there is nothing much to be done and you know many people find solace in this drink. If they were busy like we are, they will don’t be drinking at 7 in the morning.” Commented Mike.

Family Influence

Kenyans sipping local brew

If I was going to write this story on my own, you can be sure, I was never going to mention family influence as one of the reasons as to why some Taitas over drink. “This is a huge problem. Many people here are addicted to this not because they want to, but because it is a family problem. You will find very many educated youngsters’ staggering their way home with their brothers and even fathers, all coming from the same drinking den.” Said a Taita man from Choke.

Unemployment

Many of the people I talked to mentioned lack of employment as one key reasons that has continued to champion for drinking of the local brew. It is at this point I ask, why can’t people work even on volunteer basis? Take an example, many of us from my village, cannot drive to our homes, reason being, there are no roads, instead we have pathways. If we had people ready to work on volunteer, for the benefit of the whole village, then we wouldn’t be talking about lack of roads today. When we have sick people, funerals, and other emergencies, this is the only time people talk of how important it is for us to have roads in our villages. All the energetic people are in town, so we cannot make roads in our villages, and those that are at home are busy complaining of how life is frustrating and that there are no jobs. So, what do they do? Drinking alcohol becomes their only way out.

Kenyan Police raid local dens.

Women Empowerment

This was also one reason that I found very interesting. I was informed that with the women empowerment, many men now feel out-of-place in their own homes. Women are now involved in many women groups and therefore, make it easy for them to access money and hence, change of roles. Women are slowly by slowly, becoming the bread winners.  Just like in towns, many women are now part of various merry go rounds, women chamas and sister-sisters. I am informed that many men have problems with women earning more than them, it makes them feel intimidated and that it robs them of their position as the head of the family. So drinking becomes the better option, it gives the men a ballooned ego to be able to maintain authority over their families. (Very shallow way of thinking, I am sorry to say).

Catch up with the rest of the world

Mbale, Taita

I am challenged to go out and find out how many business ideas came into being. I am told many of these were done over a drink. “Patience, at the bars, at the drinking dens, many people are very adventurous and very creative. This is where people think, build castles and think outside the box.” So many men are out drinking, not just a reason to escape from realities, no, many want to know what is happening in the world around them, many want to feel like they belong somewhere. (This is the need to cater for the intimidation encountered at home, because the wife is slowly becoming the head). The political temperature in Kenya is fast rising, left, right, center, Kenyans are discussing politics, so many will be out drinking as a way to catch up with the latest politics and lobby for their favourite aspirants.

Cheap Alcohol

The greeny Taita Land

Imagine for only Ksh. 50, you are able to get half a litter of M’bangara.  Where can you get the same in Nairobi, you can’t. In Nairobi, that is not even enough for fare, from the house and back, so we can’t drink as they will do back at home.” Said Mike. Many of the people in Taita, just need Ksh. 50 to get a drink, and if you are loyal customer, you can get it at 30 shillings. “And there are many ways of getting such little money. Casual jobs, borrowing from friends and relatives, from people like us, who are now going home for Easter, there will be a lot of, “Abaaa nitesie na 50 bob nikwane na wambenyu”, remarked Samson*(Please assist me with 50 bob, so that I can get a chance to catch up with my people.) “Patience, what is 50 bob, you actually give this poor fellow 200 shillings, hoping that he will buy something for his family too, because he is your neighbor at home.

Masherere, Mbale, Taita

Then I ask a question, these are the people who complain that they have no money for their family/ house responsibilities, where does all this money come from on a daily basis?

“Patience, many women don’t believe this, but you can have zero shillings in your pockets and drink for a whole week. Just visit these dens, the level of brotherhood that exists there, its unbelievable.  Men will always buy for each other, so if you don’t have money today, you can be assured that others will buy for you, of course with the expectation that when you have money, you will also buy for others, that’s just how we operate.” Said Mwachofi.

The Sunrise

Now I know, at least I know the factors that make these Kenyan men drink as they do. This means I have to write another blog post on this topic, try to explore some of the effects when this drinking goes overboard. I will also try to highlight some of the channels we can use to restore our lost brothers. Let me know if you have any suggestions.

“You own yourself, so if you want to do something that destroys yourself, go ahead. Just don’t harm others when you do.” Jim Goebel

On Drinking and Taita Men!

Norwegians visiting Taita

I hail from Taita land in the Coastal Province of Kenya and I am particularly proud of this area. Taita is probably among the most scenic areas in Kenya endowed with beautiful hills and very pretty landscape. Whenever I have visitors, I ensure that they get a chance to see this side of Kenya. The rural setting is quite adventurous, plus I have to mention that Tsavo East National Park, Tsavo West, Taita Hills are some of the spectacular touristic areas that are quite something, just so that you know if you haven’t been there yet.

Eating Guavas in Taita, Kenya

Taita Men and M’bangara

For those who know me quite well, know for sure that News is my favourite TV program. I stay glued on the TV with the TV remote on my hand so that I can flip through the various channels available. Last Friday, at 9pm, I am seated with my younger brother and sister watching News. The three of us are all born and raised up with both parents who are typical Taita’s meaning we are all  typical Taita’s.

At this specific time I am watching Citizen TV and guess what comes on TV? News about Taita men and their drinking manners.  The News about some Taita men becoming very irresponsible as a result of addiction to this local brew famously known as M’bangara is really not news to me. I frequent Taita whenever I can, (God willing, I will be there for Easter), so I pretty know much about their addiction to this local brew.

Girraffe in Kenyas park.

The News item shows some of the men being whisked away from the local dens and within the clip is a plea from this female chief who says, time has come for Taita women to take action against such irresponsibility. Immediately after this, we start a discussion with my siblings. My brother, just like many Taita men tells me, “Come on, this is just a fraction of the Taita men. Many of us are quite responsible, and you will never find the responsible ones being whisked away like the ones you have just seen on  TV.”

What a Shame?

I am still supporting my point that this is such a shame to the Taita community. I go to my village and as I take an evening stroll, I see how many men are wasting their lives by drinking M”bangara, day in day out. Some of these are people I know quite well, brothers and fathers of my friends and even relatives. The worst scenario is when you spot your former teachers staggering their way home after classes. This of course explains why Taita Taveta County was number 45 out of the 47 counties in the Country after the release of the 2011 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (K.C.P.E) results.

Mbale, Taita, Kenya

This explains why it becomes so hard to get students with at least 400 marks out of the possible 500 marks in the K.C.P.E results. With the many sponsors who want to help students pursue further education, Taitas’ will continue to suffer and complain that we have been marginalized in many development projects in Kenya. We take all the blame to our leaders and blame them for everything that goes wrong in this beautiful land in Kenya. Last year, I took the initiative of looking for students with over 400 marks in Wundanyi Division and I will tell you for sure, there was none. How is this possible?

So when I posted this status on my Facebook wall, I knew I had started a war and I was ready to deal with it. “Taita Men you are such a shame to the Taita Community.” I wrote. Of course I had the option of saying “Some Taita Men”…But I intentionally chose not to. Within an hour, there was a huge discussion with at least 117 comments, Taita men flaring up and others still sending me messages demanding for an apology to all Taita men. As it is now, I promise that I will NOT apologize, not at all. I have 101 reasons to support my statement.

Kenyan roads, Mwatate-Voi

“Patience, don’t forget that your father and your brothers are also men from Taita. Despite the fact that we drink a lot, what can say about men from the slopes of Mt. Kenya where women decide to become the Congestina Achiengs and Mike Tysons, and the KBL trophy always in Meru, and not forgetting our G7 brothers (kalenjins). What can you say about them? Commented Erik Maghanga.

Kindly do read this link as well, get to know how this drinking has gone overboard.

You will find the second part of this story on my blog this Friday. In the meantime, I wish you a Happy Easter and for those who will be traveling, I wish you journey mercies, stay well and God bless!