Ugali is our staple food. Without it, many Kenyans would have most likely gone hungry in the recent past. This food is appreciated in all communities in Kenya, the one food that we all can seat and eat without reservations. From eating nyama choma with it to sukuma wiki with it to fish; it goes well with many dishes.
A Nigerian author found out how sacred the African cake is to Kenyans when he posted an image on his Twitter page.
His post is below:
His caption that accompanied the image was friendly but Kenyans hapana tambua caption when ugali is involved! He wrote:
“I’m now so hooked on ugali. Mombasa’s ugali is extra delicious. Who would prepare this traditional Tanzanian/Kenyan staple for me when I return home?”
So what is the problem exactly you will ask? He ate it with a fork! Kenyans were enraged by this fact and went HAM on the people who eat a lot of YAM. They were frothing from the mouth! How could he commit such sacrilege!
The response by Kenyans was unequivocal, you have transgressed our sacred ugali laws. You must apologise forthwith! Example of some of the tweets are below:
Chastened, the author to his credit was quick to issue an apology with an image of repentance: He wrote:
“This is to tender an unreserved apology to all my Kenyan and Tanzanian tweeps. I’ve just been informed by
@MrD_Muli that I have committed a cardinal sin by eating ugali with a fork. I hereby announce my repentance. Ugali shall henceforth be demolished with my bare fingers!”
An old can indeed learn new tricks!