I’ve been giving my Kamba friends bananas and avocados in anticipation that when the mango season comes, they’ll reciprocate or return the hand. ‘ gūcokia guoko.’ You can call it bribery but I choose to call it barter trade. Yeah, remember Kaūs were long distance traders who used to traverse the coastal lowlands to the yatta plateaus all the way to Sukuma in Tanzania. And if you thought barter trade ended go to Gakīndū market in Mūkūrweinī Nyeri. When I was in nursery school, sometimes I’d be late to go to school and mama would give me a small kiondo full of oranges to give to the teacher. The teacher would then find it difficult to cane a pupil with oey goey eyes carrying her oranges. It’s not bribery. It’s called barter trade. Exchanging a few strokes of the cane with oranges 🤣. Funny enough it worked. So my dear Kamba friends, if you thought I was giving you avocados because I’m kind, you got it all wrong. Soon I’ll be expecting my fare share of mangoes. Na sio tafadhali 🤣🤣

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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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