What makes us, us? What makes us who we are? Now that’s the million-dollar question…which, of course, is easy to answer. What makes us who we are is everything that surrounds us: from the friends we hang out with to the family we cherish, from the school life we dread to the work-life we casually step into, from the childhood experience we had to the trials of adult life we get to experiment with…. But that’s not the topic at hand, we are here to speak about Culture Swap.
Let’s start with something that’s a bit obvious before we get to the juicy part…shall we?
There’s a lot to look forward to when it comes to weddings, well… apart from the “I do” part and the cuisines and drinks. There an excitement that comes up when the bride is welcomed by a group of women, singing traditional wedding songs to welcome her…and the whole fiesta entices other women to join in.
But who has noticed the words are becoming more unfamiliar, there’s more humming and dancing to the song than there is to the actual singing of the song? Okay, maybe it’s me… but what about the introduction of modern music at weddings? Don’t get me wrong, I love modern weddings, but the truth is, we are losing our cultural heritage that our ancestors had cherished.
Let’s not go too far, there is a “new tribe” The Nairobians who are born in Nairobi but have little/no clue of their mother tongue (native language), prefer white-collar jobs than blue and most likely than not, have little clue of their traditional cuisines.
We need to dig a bit deeper into the past… most work done by our ancestors were blue-collared…think of the blacksmith, farmer, hunter, herbalist, warrior, and the likes…and they were known for their skills and hard work. But look at us now, rushing for the next big company to be part of their labor force, ashamed and maybe clueless of the juakali industries. Yet ironically, that’s where the money is at.
Shall we take a stride into memory lane? Name 5 best restaurants that you wouldn’t mind killing your budget for…now, how are their Menu? Any African cuisine in there? I bet 80% of the list has exotic or non-native food. Hold up! We all know the reason behind all this is the fact that restaurants are meant to break the normalcy of what we eat (African dishes) at home.
But the fact remains, there are a few African Restaurants as compared to fast food and exotic restaurants, and most importantly there are fewer choices in the African Cuisine Menu. Why isn’t there githeri samosa or Fish BBQ pizza or Matoke pie? Why aren’t we integrating African Cuisine into the modern art of cooking?
….am I way off…..or do you agree with it? For some I bet, I’ve given them a business idea, which will only cost you to follow us on our page and comment if you think this is all crazy and messed up.
There is a lot that we can talk about, but this is supposed to be ‘food for thought’ kind of thing… but ask yourself this one question, are you Kenyan by blood or by culture.