Listening to music is therapeutic to the soul, that’s why in 2009 when Safaricom Ltd decided to capitalize on it by launching the skiza (listen) tunes service everyone was thrilled. We’d change from tone to tone in a split second. Not wanting to be left behind like in the rapture story. I think Richie spice had just visited the country and I’d fallen in love with his earth a run red and grooving my girl tunes. I decided to download the former as my skiza tune and was ready to entertain my callers with pure niceness. Guess who called next? Mbosiwe aka boss; In a twinkle of an eye he was reading for me (kunisomea) a speech almost the size of Psalms 119. He be like, ‘what will customers think of you when they call and hear that tune? Remove it immediately…….’ He went on and on to admonish me on how customers would not take me seriously if that was the tune they listened to when they called me. I was working as a salesperson back then and life was not working that well for me. However what he told me went in through one ear and left through the other ear at the speed of light years instead of the speed of sound. I refused to change the tune like a thumb sucking child and whenever he’d call me he’d get super annoyed and lecture me on the reason why my sales statistics were hapa kule. Guess reason number one was what, you guessed right, it all came down to my skiza tune. And talking of thumb sucking; I remember when I used to do it with such zeal and my siblings would try all manner of things including rubbing 🌶 on my thumb. Nothing could deter me until one day when our gate was sent by Karma. Nilifinywa kidole and blood clotted on the nail portion. My sister Mugz convinced me that it was a cockroach and I swear I never sucked my thumb again. Character development nilichapwa kitambo 😂😂 wacha hii ya Covid. The skiza tune story went on for a while until I remembered a mountain proverb, ‘ndūgacindane na njogu kūmia.’ Don’t compete with an elephant in pooping. I removed the skiza tune and just like that I’ve never considered returning it again. So if you call me and wonder what kind of a person is this who doesn’t have a skiza tune, now you know where I’m coming from. Do you have a habit that you were forced to relinquish. Leave a comment. For now lemmi sing row row row your boat.


Published by Nyar Kaheti

Born and raised on the picturesque slopes of Mt Kenya, Nyar Kaheti is your girl next door vibe kind of girl. She enjoys reading, writing, hiking, and listening to country music among other things.

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