So there I was waiting impatiently in line to buy my supplies at the local shop back in my home townof Naromoru. Its a small sleepy town with nothing much to call home about and super boring to the nairobi types who look for olepolosish plans. We are getting tarmac within the town though so plus for development there. . Anyhoo I was inline to get me some bread. Not those brands like supaloaf that comes in polythene wrappers. I only do Broadways bread. Comes wrapped in paper , makes it look airy and the mass to moisture ratio is perfect in my books. Awesomeness defined.
Where was I. . .right the queue. Now this is a regular upcountry joint and aside from most guys tucking in their trousers in their socks due to the mud outside there isnt much of a fashion statement to be expressed here. Clothes are for warmth and covering the embarassing bits. Period. As i said, nothing to call home about. Everyone knew the shopkeeper dude, including me. I forget his name though. Infront of me was this guy narrating how the lean economic times had to make him creative to keep the family running. He narrated how nowadays the regular recipe for cooking ugali was so two thousand and late. The new improved way to get with the flactuatng schilling rate and rocketting cost of well just bout everything was to be down right inventive. As a result he has resorted to a new method of cooking ugali. First you more or less brew tea (minus the milk which is too expensive anyway) , sieve the tealeaves out , then cook ugali with what remains. The result, which will be cristened ugalea , saves on cost, and incorporates the taste of tea right into the ugali which creates a ready to eat meal.
Now you need to hear that story told in Kikuyu because it sounds absolutely hilarious. Maybe I should ask @wanjohidaily to do a spot on it. That incident made me think about how much we take things lying down. Purpoted leaders use public funds like some personal kitty that they can raid at any time for anything from shuttle diplomacy in defence of perpetrators of ethnic cleansing to rearranging the budget so that monies reserved for emergencies,tragedies etc like the recent pipeline-fuel-slum fire fiasco to paying MP taxes and the most the public does is shake their heads very vigorously. Its actually comical. Just the other day the teachers had their way by simply saying enough is enough and telling the govt to go tell their crap to someone else. That is how you get results. Quantitative action. Dont ask for what you want, take it.
Western govenments keep telling us how poor we are and assign us a label that they encourage us to use. We are called 3rd world countries, emerging markets, struggling this impoverished that, less than a dollar a day etc. . . 3rd world countries? Do we have 3 worlds? I think the colonial mindset hasnt reallly left but has been transmitted down generations and is currently manifesting in the twitter age where the idea of protest is confined to angry 140 character outbusts on a US based internet service by the tech savvy middle class youth. The University Student unions are so compromised that strikes are called for very mundane and childish reasons and the officials are as clueless as the next guy as to what power they actually weild in being the official leaders of thousands of the leaders of tommorrow as is so commonly alleged.
We are fucked seeing as very few people my age bother to read non fictional books that seek to expound or explore long held beliefs whether in religion, pholosophy, psychology or history. Twilight on the other hand flies off the shelves. Am no judge but the type of material we consumes defines our foundations no?
But all is not gloom n doom, the Eastern tiger economies are on the rebound and American power what with their impressive military budget and technology superiority is waning. This may be the opportunity to make hay while the sun shines, the sun being the rivalry between the east and the west.
And Africa has lotsa hay, lets get to it.