Kenyans have very bizarre habits surrounding death. They is little to no decorum when it comes to funerals, burials and handling the dead.
Of late, Kenyans have been so annoying especially when it comes to death.
George Barasa has told off Kenyans to stop talking ill of Binyavanga because he can’t defend himself. He is dead.
Taking to Facebook, he wrote,
“Imagine a gay man who contributed to the society so immensely before coming out. Someone who suffered both in the closet and when he was open during his last years. Now, even in death, you are still bashing him. How can you do that to someone who cannot defend himself? What happened to us Africans?”
Adding, “I thought we respected death. It was a sacred right of passage. Our ancestors never used to disrespect gods. Which religion is that that taught you to make fun of the living dead? Who are your parents? I want to know who raised you…who is your mother? You kill someone and you still follow them to the grave to make sure they are dead. What is wrong with you human animals!”
Barasa continued, “I am disappointed. You who is so holy, apart from “going to the world and multiply,” what have you done to leave the world a better place? What will you be remembered for. This is so unbelievable.”
Well, below are the seven most annoying habits of Kenyans involving the dead that need to be stopped.
- Sharing photos of the dead in a coffin
Kenyans or rather Africans do not respect the dead at all. When someone dies, whether the family has seen the body or not, whether the family is yet to receive the sad news or not, they will go ahead and share photos of the dead body on social media.
Good example are; the late Jacob Juma and Fidel Odinga, their photos while in the coffin were shared online.
2. Buying new clothes and flowers for the dead
Why praise someone and spend millions to buy expensive clothes, casket and even flowers after he/she dies? Why can’t you show him/her love when he is still alive? It’s high time we shun from this kind of behaviour of honoring the dead and ignoring them when they are alive!
When it comes to gossip, I give Kenyans nine out of ten. They are the know-it-all. From the Facebook gossip pages to social scenes, they will make the deceased and bereaved family trend for days. A good example is Zari’s ex-hubby, Ivan Semwanga, Kenyans seem to know much more than Ugandans.
My fellow women and men will write your eulogy even before the dead is buried. Even if one dies abroad, they will make sure they dig up his past and spread rumours which don’t make sense at all.
They also gossip about the bereaved family and this can lead to depression for the grieving.
4. Ask for handouts from rich relatives
There’s nothing bad like taking the body of your loved one to the village for burial and all people want is for you to ‘toa ya macho’.
Villagers believe that anyone who stays in the city or abroad has plenty of cash and for every menial task they perform, they want to be paid. Hakuna vya bwerere.
Some even demand handouts even if they haven’t helped with household chores. “Watu wa Nairobi wana pesa sana. Wanalalia pesa kwa pillow“, that’s what most say.
They will milk you dry and ensure you go back to the city or wherever empty handed.
5. Silly dramas because of food
Funerals make for the best get-togethers in villages. If someone prominent dies, the villagers will camp at the homestead for weeks.
They will eat breakfast, lunch and super at the expense of the bereaved family but in case there is scarcity in the food department at the funeral, they will go around bad mouthing the bereaved family saying how they can’t even afford to give their loved one a befitting send-off.
‘Hata ile matanga haikuwa poa’. Some even fight for food and end up embarrassing the bereaved family in front of their guests.
6.Speak a lot when given a chance
Kenyans love hearing their won voices during funerals. Give him or her a chance to say a word about the deceased and she/he will take forever. They will go into so many stories and some will even remind you of how he bought the deceased pizza one day, how he taught him how to maneuver a level on the play station and even how to cross the Thika super highway… But why?
7. Take selfies
Some of them are well-known pretenders and only show up for funerals to take selfies and videos to post online. But why do that? There is nothing wrong with that, but it is done in callous ways. You will find that they attend the funeral for photo opportunities and Instagram shoots and zero concentration is given to the bereaved family. Your presence at that funeral is to comfort and console the bereaved not take selfies in the best light possible to post on Facebook.