Kenya is one of the places where there is huge gap between ‘the have s’ and ‘the have-nots’. There are varying degrees of ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’ but nothing in between. I know that our family fall within the haves and one thing I can say is that there is certain amount of class based snobbery that exists amongst the haves.
I know one of my prejudices is centered on where I socialise when I am Kenya. There is no way you would find me in any pub/bar/club that has in its title either or any of the following words..”ka-mwangis” “bar and butchery” “board and lodging” and “usikojoe hapa”.
Coming to Belize has really made me aware of this particular prejudice especially when I was in Cayo. Most of the bars and clubs, in fact nearly all their structures have that “bar and butchery” look – rickety wooden structures, mabati roofs, pools of stagnant water near the entrance, extremley loud music and even louder conversation which can be heard twenty streets away.
When I first arrived at Legends nightclub in Cayo I was petrified and that was just on the outside. To add to that I was with the Croc Wrestler and of course everyone stopped to stare at lone white person in the club. After five minutes..I calmed down and had such a good time and if you have been following my blog you will know I was back at Legends the weekend after and the weekend after that!
I am not sure if you will ever catch me at Ka-Mwangi’s when I am in Kenya but I certainly won’t avoid them like I used to.