Kenya is a beautiful country with beautiful people and amazing cultures. Kenyans love and support their own. Whether you are the President of another country or a player in an international soccer team. Even if you changed your nationality; we still love you as our own and will talk about you with great pride and excitement.
Kenyans love having a good laugh and will laugh at each other even during difficult times. Nothing keeps us from laughing. Not even terrorists. That’s how we “deal” with tough times. It’s not uncommon to find us on the streets standing in crowds, engaged emotionally and discussing political and social issues as if our contributions on such fora had any impact. We love talking. In matatus, in hotels, in parks if you are standing next to me, be sure I will tell you what’s on my mind and I expect you to listen, and contribute.
We are curious. We ask questions. We may not have the answers but we’ll still ask the questions. We always have an opinion and we get offended easily if you don’t consider “our wisdom”. We have our own experiences that we will share with you generously. We are story tellers. We love details and a little bit of exaggeration. It’s a skill that if you dare indulge us, you will definitely drink from this cup.
Kenyans love to help. If your car is stuck, if you are stranded, if your food is too much; just ask. You will get help. Don’t be too surprised if it’s more help than you needed. We come in drones to help. Some of us are “help consultants”. We will not do the actual helping but we will give suggestions of how we would do it if we were the ones implementing the helping.
We don’t care about names that much. We would rather give you titles. Often, “boss” will do just fine. If it’s a lady, “madam” will work. We have received some hostility from the ladies for using this title but since “sister” never gets the results we want, we have stuck to “madam”. Our market research however indicates that both genders are apprehensive to the term “Mzee”. We have since reduced the use of this term until further notice.
We love hosting guests. We know that when we invite you for a cup of tea you will won’t come alone. So we put measures in place to accommodate your entourage. You are luckier if you fall in the “mzungu category”. You will definitely get better services, faster. We don’t hide it. We are awed by the Mzungu community. We don’t care so much which part of the world you came from, if you are a Mzungu and you plan to visit Kenya, learn how to respond to “Jambo!” and “Taxi?”
We respect anyone in authority. Top on that list; our politicians – mheshimiwas. Our parents come in a distant second. A unique relationship exists between us and the politicians. They speak we act. They lie we believe. They fail, we vote them back in. No amount of education has managed to disconnect us completely from this school of thought. The struggle continues.
Karibu Kenya. Jambo? Taxi?