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5 bad habits Kenyans should drop

29 April 2015, 16:53 Shakila Alivitsa

Nairobi - Heading to work this morning, I peep out of the window. There at the stage was well dressed man looking very gentlemanly in his suit and tie. But lo, and behold, he kept digging in his ear. So, I just raised my eyes to the heavens and said no, not another one. Thing is, he was well armed for the process, a couple of earbuds in his other palm. With no apologies, right there, at ten o’clock in the morning just cleaning his ears.

I am not one who minds people’s business but seriously? If it had been five in the morning we would have made adjustments and understood that maybe you had to rush out and you like your ears clean. It was ten though, what had he been doing since six or even seven in the morning? He would then proceed to chuck them on the ground. This makes my number one of some of the grooming habits that Kenyans just do not mind sharing with the rest of us.


A couple of days ago, you will remember that trending picture that had a man stuck in traffic and he decided to polish his shoes. I actually understand those people driving cars and they already know they will spend 2-4 hours in traffic so you figure you do not even need to get dressed. Just zip up the pants, you will button the shirt later, the ties and socks too-while in traffic! Just carry the shoe brush as well and the Kiwi, you will figure it out after you are one reading the newspaper.

And it’s just not the ones driving, I cannot count the number of times a lady starts changing shoes in the matatu or a shoe brush is pulled out before the man gets to town.


We cannot have this list without this culprit-picking teeth in public. There are two ways you will find the HomoSapien Kenya, not in his natural habitat, picking his teeth in public. There are two ways that have enabled us, the public to identify the tools commonly used. His or HER fingernails or the toothpick from the restaurant. Why couldn’t you just stay and finish the job before you left the restaurant? The worst is, when a person smiles, they feel they have a bean cover or Sukuma wiki in their teeth, put in a functional grin and pull at it. Two ways of disposing, swallow it or rub it off their fingers, then proceed to shake the next person’s hands.  Cringe! Wipes are not just made for babies and you can get the very small pack cheaply.


Now, you see how men brush shoes in traffic, women make their nails and file them too. We carry the nail file for a reason for minor accidents. Some women though, take it far. She has the remover, nail file and the nail lacquer. So while idling it will hit her that they do not look good at all. So she will get the wipes, remove the old coat. File the nails and further proceed to paint them-in the matatu. There is no problem with doing your nails, problem is when you file them and that stuff falls on the clothes of the person next to you. Also nail polish has a strong smell when fresh which cannot be good for some people especially when you do not want to open the windows. Dare you tell a woman lass that she cannot do nails next to you. You will receive such a tongue lashing and she will still do it.


I am still looking for that one that will brush their teeth in public, it is soon bound to happen. Believe it or not, I used to know a lady who would carry a toothbrush and toothpaste in her bag. After a meal she would brush her teeth in the ladies. She took those science classes on teeth cleaning seriously.

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