African girl stereotypes!!!

       1. African girls carry water on
           their heads 🙂
       2. African girls walk for long
            distances to fetch water 🙂
       3. African girls know where to
            find firewood 🙂
       4. African girls know how to
            light firewood and jikos 🙂  
       5. African girls know their
            mothertongue 🙂
So I went to my grandmother’s place to spend the weekend last Friday 🙂 🙂 I had quite the experience I tell you 😀 😀 😀 She’s my mum’s mum,absolutely the Ultimate Iron lady 🙂 🙂 🙂
She lives in one of the most remote places I’ve ever been to,Dudi,near Yala o_O (I didn’t know the place till I went there). And I hadn’t been there since I was three o_O
So the day before we left,my mum dropped a BOMBSHELL on me,there ain’t no electricity at my grandma’s place o_O “hakuna stima kwa shosho btw” I swear I almost died!!! How was I gonna charge my phone???? Keep in touch with the rest of the world???? How will I survive without my phone???!!!! O_o
“Don’t worry,its only for the weekend honey”
“You should even leave your phone behind coz its gonna go off anyway,you won’t need it” 😀 😀 😀
I won’t need my phone??? My dad clearly doesn’t know how much I need my phone 😀 How can you say that to a teenage girl???? My phone has everything I need!!!
Okay,I went anyway 🙂 I had to see my grandma 🙂
She’s 79 now and super strong 🙂 🙂 🙂 ps,I’m named after her,Shiraku is her name 🙂 Her place is awesome,
so peaceful and green,I loved it 🙂
Now,my shosho assumed that I know how to speak Luhya,my ethnic language,since both my folks are Luhya,lol 😀 worst assumption ever!!!! I can’t speak Luhya to save my life,hahaha 😀 she laughed at me sooo hard and called me a City girl o_O,which is kinda true……so I spent the weekend trying to prove to her I wasn’t….I failed miserably 😀 😀
First test,fetching water. Psssh,that’s easy right?? Wrong!!! We had to climb hills and valleys to get water,mind you we had ten and twenty litre gallons to carry,and we had to make about four trips o_O
My grandma told me that I should carry water on my head….like hell I can,lol 😀 I tried and ended up with a headache 😀 So my grandma is convinced that I’m a mzungu probably,hehehe
Second test,fetching firewood to cook. Honestly,I have no clue how to choose which wood is good for cooking and which one isn’t….so I failed that one 😦
Third,lighting the firewood….and a jiko….I can do both of those but it takes me a bit longer than usual 🙂
So she proved that I was indeed a city girl and probably not an African,lol 😀
But I refuse to be defined by all these African girl stereotypes. So what if I can’t speak Luhya??? I can speak two International languages,that counts as something,doesn’t it??? And its not my fault,hint hint… mum and dad 😀
I can’t carry water on my head,but I carry a lot of knowledge in my head….I’m book smart as hell 🙂 and that will take me places 🙂
I can’t find firewood or light it as quick as possible but at least I can cook,right?? 🙂
I’m not your average typical African girl but I’m still African and I’m kind of a city girl….and I’m proud coz my folks are proud of me 🙂 I’m pretty sure some of y’all dudes out there would have a hard time herding cattle and sheep and goats too,y’all are city boys too 😀
But we are proud because if the people from our rural places came to live in the city,they’d have a hard time too!!!
Just be the best you can be,wherever you are 🙂
I had a great time anyway,the experience was new but fun. And guess what,I survived without my phone,though it went off and I couldn’t take a pic of my grandma  😦 🙂
My grandma even said I was fat o_O,if only she knew how many kilos I’ve lost since I went to School 😀
I love my grandma alot…..will I be going back there soon?? I’ll think about it,hihihi 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Ps,special thanks to Collins Rimiah for the great advice 🙂

Happy Christmas eve beautiful peeps 🙂
Merry Christmas
Happy 2016
God bless you all
Xoxoxo,spread love this festive season 🙂

image

Merry Christmas 🙂

image

Happy new year 🙂

image

City girl Tess 🙂

Posted from WordPress for Android

African girl stereotypes!!!

       1. African girls carry water on
           their heads 🙂
       2. African girls walk for long
            distances to fetch water 🙂
       3. African girls know where to
            find firewood 🙂
       4. African girls know how to
            light firewood and jikos 🙂  
       5. African girls know their
            mothertongue 🙂
So I went to my grandmother’s place to spend the weekend last Friday 🙂 🙂 I had quite the experience I tell you 😀 😀 😀 She’s my mum’s mum,absolutely the Ultimate Iron lady 🙂 🙂 🙂
She lives in one of the most remote places I’ve ever been to,Dudi,near Yala o_O (I didn’t know the place till I went there). And I hadn’t been there since I was three o_O
So the day before we left,my mum dropped a BOMBSHELL on me,there ain’t no electricity at my grandma’s place o_O “hakuna stima kwa shosho btw” I swear I almost died!!! How was I gonna charge my phone???? Keep in touch with the rest of the world???? How will I survive without my phone???!!!! O_o
“Don’t worry,its only for the weekend honey”
“You should even leave your phone behind coz its gonna go off anyway,you won’t need it” 😀 😀 😀
I won’t need my phone??? My dad clearly doesn’t know how much I need my phone 😀 How can you say that to a teenage girl???? My phone has everything I need!!!
Okay,I went anyway 🙂 I had to see my grandma 🙂
She’s 79 now and super strong 🙂 🙂 🙂 ps,I’m named after her,Shiraku is her name 🙂 Her place is awesome,
so peaceful and green,I loved it 🙂
Now,my shosho assumed that I know how to speak Luhya,my ethnic language,since both my folks are Luhya,lol 😀 worst assumption ever!!!! I can’t speak Luhya to save my life,hahaha 😀 she laughed at me sooo hard and called me a City girl o_O,which is kinda true……so I spent the weekend trying to prove to her I wasn’t….I failed miserably 😀 😀
First test,fetching water. Psssh,that’s easy right?? Wrong!!! We had to climb hills and valleys to get water,mind you we had ten and twenty litre gallons to carry,and we had to make about four trips o_O
My grandma told me that I should carry water on my head….like hell I can,lol 😀 I tried and ended up with a headache 😀 So my grandma is convinced that I’m a mzungu probably,hehehe
Second test,fetching firewood to cook. Honestly,I have no clue how to choose which wood is good for cooking and which one isn’t….so I failed that one 😦
Third,lighting the firewood….and a jiko….I can do both of those but it takes me a bit longer than usual 🙂
So she proved that I was indeed a city girl and probably not an African,lol 😀
But I refuse to be defined by all these African girl stereotypes. So what if I can’t speak Luhya??? I can speak two International languages,that counts as something,doesn’t it??? And its not my fault,hint hint… mum and dad 😀
I can’t carry water on my head,but I carry a lot of knowledge in my head….I’m book smart as hell 🙂 and that will take me places 🙂
I can’t find firewood or light it as quick as possible but at least I can cook,right?? 🙂
I’m not your average typical African girl but I’m still African and I’m kind of a city girl….and I’m proud coz my folks are proud of me 🙂 I’m pretty sure some of y’all dudes out there would have a hard time herding cattle and sheep and goats too,y’all are city boys too 😀
But we are proud because if the people from our rural places came to live in the city,they’d have a hard time too!!!
Just be the best you can be,wherever you are 🙂
I had a great time anyway,the experience was new but fun. And guess what,I survived without my phone,though it went off and I couldn’t take a pic of my grandma  😦 🙂
I love my grandma alot…..will I be going back there soon?? I’ll think about it,hihihi 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
Happy Christmas eve beautiful peeps 🙂
Merry Christmas
Happy 2016
God bless you all
Xoxoxo,spread love this festive season 🙂

image

Merry Christmas 🙂

image

Happy new year 🙂

image

City girl Tess 🙂

Posted from WordPress for Android

Where is the love????

Remember that Black Eyed Peas song – where is the love??
      “people killing,people dying
       Children hurting even crying
        …..Father Father Father help
        Us send some guidance from
        Above….coz people got me
        Questioning,where is the
         Love????” O_o
I love that song till today 🙂 🙂 🙂 (ps,where did those guys go???)
Where is the love really?? If love really was out there,then people wouldn’t be running around mugging each other,killing each other,terrorising others etc
If we all really are brothers and sisters,then why don’t we live like it???
Or why do we pretend to love each other then we turn our backs against each other at the darkest moments ???
Kenya as a country has experienced its fair share of being tested if this love really does exist.December 27th,2007,Post Election Violence 😦 Certainly one of the darkest times we have go through 😦
We managed to prove that we love each other and we also proved that there is no love. Neighbours slaughtered each other because of ethnic indifference 😦 And neighbours also helped each other and overlooked ethnic indifference 🙂
Almost 8years later,we are still recovering from that fateful event. Scars still healing….houses being rebuilt….people being remembered,we are still recovering….
Today I’m a dismayed girl,in a happy place though  🙂 I’m at home….for the holidays yaaaay  🙂 but not because the semester ended,nope,its because of an entirely different sad reason – Tribal Clashes o_O
Yes,you heard right 😦 Tribal/ethnic indifference between two dominant tribes at my school!!!! The two simply could not agree and resulted to fighting,like serious fighting I’m talking stones,bows and arrows,machetes,clubs…..it was terribly terrifying 😦 😦 😦 😦
But the worst thing about it was that we turned against each other in the name of defending “our people” I say we because it was us students. Classmates turned against each other,roommates,comrades 😦 we forgot that we see each other daily in class,at the mess,at the hostels,in the same groups and clubs and enmity took over us!!!!!
Many were injured,many ran for safety…..unfortunately,one student succumbed to his injuries 😦 😦  is that what these hooligans in the disguise of University students wanted???? To take a life????? And then what???? What did that prove,NOTHING,ABSOLUTELY NOTHING 😦 only that we are more primitive than our stoneage ancestors 😦 they are murderers 😦 Instead of embracing each other’s cultures and unique differences,we fought them for being different,for being from a different tribe…….and to think this story started on a petty note – disagreement during a football match,NKT!!!!!
Clearly we learnt nothing from the tragedies of The Post Election Violence 😦  Learned University students,who should be the mirror to society,who should be in the front line to erradicating tribalism in Kenya…..we failed ourselves,our country,our posterity,we failed God 😦
He loves everyone no matter what,who are to hate????
      “…..you don’t have to hate because my Jesus loves all.”
       Demi Lovato- I really don’t
         Care 🙂
So where is the love???? Its in our hearts…..its human instinct to love and help each other (I hope it is coz if it ain’t,humanity is doomed o_O )
LET LOVE REIGN
Do it for our kids in future
      “Heal the world,make it a
        Better place,for you,me and
         The entire human race….”
          Michael Jackson-Heal the
              World 🙂
Do it for the love of God 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
Spread the love y’all
Lets love each other,especially during this festive season 🙂
Xoxoxo
I love y’all 🙂

image

image

Love each other's unique differences 🙂

Posted from WordPress for Android