September 23rd 2017

Media / Arts & Culture

Why many a villager are baffled by Nairobians' selfishness

I am simply telling you to stop saying "hii ni Nairobi" and adopt..."huyu ni Caroline" ama "huyu ni Martin"...The ability or inability to 'extend a hand' lies with you, NOT with Nairobi.

By Caroline K. GikundaTuesday, 22 Nov 2016 09:43 EAT

"HII NI NAIROBI!" Thinking about this phrase and how mkono ngumu people have misused it. Its always interesting being in Nairobi. Some of these Nairobi folks forget that some of us villagers schooled here, worked here, got babies here...before several circumstances like search for "bluer" pastures, pursuit of love, adventure...etc took us to the villages. They forget Nairobi is part of Kenya, and Jamhuri is where stuff are priced depending on distance, adding to the laws of demand and supply.

Back in the country, we villagers believe that food is faeces, much as you may never get a shilling from us, (which you should understand anyway, because we rarely come across money in these places that are defined by lack of electricity) we don't deny folks food. We share freely and generously the little that we have. Its different when it comes to the city dwellers. These are people who will unashamedly remind you that "Hii ni Nairobi bwana"...

Then you wonder...are the civil servants paid less in Nairobi? Is the price of fuel more in Nairobi? Are the bank rates higher in Nairobi? Is corruption and bad governance only experienced in Nairobi? Is the price of sugar higher in Nairobi? Well, my own research shows that food is much cheaper in Nairobi as compared to Mombasa, Malindi and other coastal towns. A piece of cabbage that sells at Sh30 would sell at Sh100 in Garsen, Bura and Hola. A kilo of potatoes that sells at Sh30 in Nairobi would sell twice or thrice as much in Garissa or Mandera.

So what do you guys imply when you quickly remark "Hii ni Nairobi"?? Next time you are mean or poor enough not to afford a cup of tea for anyone outside your nuclear circle, don't blame it on Libra or Loita House, I&M building on Anniversary towers...its not a Nairobi problem that you can't offer a mug of porridge to your guest, its your sole problem.

Either because your wallet cannot cooperate and you are too proud to accept the fact and move on...or your heart is tiny, and again you are in denial. I am simply telling you to stop saying "hii ni Nairobi" and adopt..."huyu ni Caroline" ama "huyu ni Martin"...The ability or inability to 'extend a hand' lies with you, NOT with Nairobi.

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