KENYATTA UNIVERSITY CELEBRATION

Trip Start Jun 30, 2010
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Flag of Kenya  , Nairobi Area,
Friday, July 2, 2010

2nd July

The house we stay as guests is 45 km from the city of Nairobi.

Nicholas has no sense of the distance his family says because he has never driven a car in his life, and he is a very easy going person. He is in fact the happiest person I have ever seen in my entire life. He is very religious, and he will give what he has if he sees a person is in need.  He knows he will get back what he needs from God!

A free day today, and we are getting acquainted with every new thing.

Although we wanted it to be a really free day, Nicholas suggested that we attend a relative gathering at the University of Kenyatta where a relative of theirs is graduating.  We were told that this will take just about an hour so we agreed to go.

A little after 12.30 we drove to the University.  It is just opposite the main road, very near where we stay. 

KENYATTA UNIVERSITY:

We arrive at the University.  There are crowds of people and much traffic in the road.  We are drop ped off near the entrance, and Jack tries to find a place to park the car.

People and relatives of the Graduates have arrived from distant places to honour their relatives who receive their Diplomas today.

We are in the premises of the University.

We wait and wait and nothing happens.  In fact we wait for hours and I cannot understand why they want us here in the first place.

Honestly speaking I am angry, and I am informed that we are soon going to meet the relative who is graduating today.  Even the President of Kenya has arrived here for this event. For Kenyans who have graduates this is a very important day.  It is the day when relatives and families meet.

The reason I am angry is that we are at a place waiting not even approaching the parade, just being there!!!

After many hours of long waiting, we move to the exit where we are supposed to meet this (scarce) relative!! Other families are already celebrating with their graduates, singing and dancing, and we cannot find ours.  I very loudly infront of the relatives say that this guy must surely be a fool, because the whole family is looking for him, instead of him coming to us.

Later on I discover that this relative is a grown up man of about 40.  He is married and has already a family and grown up children.  He used to be a Primary Teacher and from now on he is going to be teaching at a High school.

So after hours of being out there, we are told to get in a small lorry.  A lorry of 10, where here in Kenya they load these lorries with more than 17 people one piled up to another.  The whole family should get in that lorry. Luckily we are told to sit next to the driver.  We drive off for a few metres and the car stops.  Everyone gets off, and I count 19 persons including us coming out of the car.

They call for another (taxi) as they call them, and then we are soon driven to a near-by village where other relatives and neighbours wait for us to arrive.

The roads are terrible. Beyond the worst expectations!  The whole area is so filthy.

I feel so sad for these people, and the way they live.

There is a tent put up with more than 120 chairs underneath.  There is a man who opens the celebration with an introduction,  then a prayer, some singing, a speech from a priest, lunch, and then we are all given envelopes to put some money for the family of the graduate.  By the time we leave it is after 6.30 pm…..and we were supposed to stay there for an hour or two!!! I am so angry and disappointed.

The end of a very tiring and boring day!!!
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kili-kelly
kili-kelly on

I am sorry to hear about the experience but I am sure that it was an experience that you will remember a bit more fondly of in a few years. Pole sana.

tony55
tony55 on

excellent

corinneconley
corinneconley on

The pictures look very interesting! I am sure you learned a lot about to community through all your waiting around :-)

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