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 🙂

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17 thoughts on “African girl stereotypes!!!

  1. This article will have to be my best one yet, you awesome princess!!! I’m just incredified, girl you’ve laid out all those deets so well!!! One, I’m also that non-typical African girl. My Lord, I have no idea if I would EVER survive a trip down the stream and back! 😂😂😂 Second, firewood, I can’t even light up charcoal in 5 mins like my mum does!!! 😂😂 What else? But what I am so grateful for, like you dear, is the knowledge I have, the skill to cook, (you’re forever welcome for my chicken cookery, always) and that all that dignity too. 😊😊 Love, thank you for speaking out for all thy African city girls!

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    • 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 Deeeee
      Thank you soooo much 🙂
      You know you are my biggest blogging inspiration coz you have a dream and you won’t stop till you reach it 🙂
      We are not the typical African girls but we are phenomenal African ladies 🙂
      Thanks again love 🙂

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