With a fake smile, she said something like this when translated, “I did not need your help you uncircumcised one.”
It is called Nairobi and the rains are accusing havoc especially in areas prone to floods and puddles. As a good citizen of this great nation called Kenya, we do our best to make sure someone is safely across something hindering smooth flow of people.
Yesterday evening, el Nino rains had pounded the area and the land was not fit for walking with support, especially to elder citizens. The night was smiling happily for people and I who were about to cross a certain river through the metal bridge.
But before hitting the bridge, the red volcanic soils mixed with runaway rainy water into a perfect concoction kept beckoning for those who do not have good eyes for the road. There happened to be one perfect person, who in the process of push and pull to access the only solid ground along that puddle way out, stepped in mud and yes! I offered to help out. That was a sad bad mistake that I would live my remaining life to remember!
Just after guiding her through and safely on the bridge she looked at me, gave me a hard stare and later a grin confirmed that she had an issue to settle with me. As a concerned guy, I told her to keep moving because there were other people who were using the bridge. It was then that she broke the bombshell. She spoke a few hurting words in her mother tongue while smiling thinking that I do not understand her language. That was a cheat!
Obviously, I was mad at her. She apologized in switching into Swahili but I was not ready to listen to such a hypocrite.
Why would anyone assume that they are safe to speak evil about someone anyway? Why is tribalism so deep-rooted in our society that we can see only evil in anyone’s deeds? Kenya is such an amazing country, but I hate what some people say about others because ethnicity.