They had heard that the missus had defied tradition and gone to fish in the lake and so they came to see who the hell I was and how different I was. I’m certain that apart from my large forehead, they found me pretty much normal. Being the storyteller that I try to be, I regaled a few aunties with tales about my village. I lied to them that I owned a small canoe, that when I go to shags I push it out into the lake for a fishing expedition. They laughed at some stories, or maybe they were just laughing at me. We shall also take you to the Lake at midnight and make you spend a night in a boat wearing nothing but a headscarf. Every time the missus spends a night in Kendu, she normally insists that I push a table against the door of my Simba, on top of bolting the door. Because growing up she was told of naked Luo night runners who hurl themselves against doors, especially behind doors that visitors sleep in, or pee and shell at doorways. As fate would have it, we grow up and we start chasing Kikuyu tail. Have they progressed in life faster than I have because one of their own is in State House. Ok, they might have had roads built right outside their shags but they hardly ever go to shags.
I told them I can debone a whole fish blindfolded and not get chocked. We will also make incision in your skin with a rustic knife and rub herbal medicine in there to protect you from evil. Like you would be sleeping in the Simba and suddenly a naked man, lithe and black as Django, suddenly bursts into the house with the door then proceed to run off laughing hysterically into the night. But sometimes, you will hear something from your parents’ mouths, something they didn’t mean to say before you because they claim to raise you differently. Then we dragged them home and looked at our parents’ faces, as they remained ensnared between modern thought and dark ideology. I will still worry about the schools fees for Tamm’s class one next year. Life will go back as it should because ultimately your direction in life isn’t anybody’s business. Very few can claim to be happier and safer than say Papa Shirandula because Kibaki was been president. OK, it will for a two minutes, but life will move on. But at some point we shall all realise that we have bills to pay and that Raila won’t write us a cheque. Life happens very quickly when you focus on stuff that doesn’t add too much value to your life.
She’s called Wambui – named after her paternal grandmother. And since I didn’t know what she was saying, I replied everything with “eeeeh! You know how people always joke about Kuyus boiling anything that can be boiled? Trays and trays of boiled delicacy arrived before me.
You get off the main road at the shopping centre called Irebu, then you plunge into greenery. The small talk that ensued was fleeting, itchy and marked by gaps that were filled with surreptitious smiles, most which had missing teeth. Even the passing hens stopped at the doorway to stare at me with cocked heads. Finally, I was asked to go see the grandmother, who I found seated outside basking on a stool, after her nap. I looked into her white-clouded eyes, and her face curved deep with age as she started jabbering in Kikuyu.
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And if there is time, I added, we shall also teach you how to Nightrun. But she always insists on that table against the door. We grow up with them because they are our neighbours; we go to school with them. Sneaky Kikuyu women who will kill you in your sleep and take off with your wealth. Being a Luo married to a Kikuyu means while the 9 O’clock news is just news for the rest, for us it’s an art of political correctness. Let’s make it peaceful, if not for us, then for our kids.
Does it mean, also, that I value them less or that they think less of me? And I’m sure they are stuff they admire in us, like how we can be so totally comfortable in our (fore) skin.
No, it just means they are scared if Jakom comes in, Uhuru Highway – as a mockery to UK – will have a lane specifically for Luos.
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