Why do Kenyan men fear child birth?
02 August 2016, 18:23
Nairobi - Me: So what did you do when it was time for
your wife to give birth? Did you go?
Certain Kenyan man: Heeeeeeeeee, that day, nilijipatia shughuli (I found something to do).
Ati wananipigia simu ati she is about to deliver. Heeeeeeeeee, mimi huyo
nilisema niko stuck somewhere trying to do some work. Ati niende, heheheheh,
mimi kama nani wah!
(They are calling me telling me she is
about to deliver. I just excused myself and said I was stuck somewhere doing
some work. They think I will go, as who? [Laughing])
Sorry for the sheng’ but there is no other
way that hilarity would come out. I was dying with laughter, add the man’s
expression. I always say that Kenyan men are very funny human beings when they
can easily talk to you with no repercussions. They just spill their thoughts.
So when it is time for you to deliver and
you want your man there but he is unavailable, because he has some work, now
you know. Even if it is on a weekend at midnight he will go get stuck in some
imaginary traffic just not to be there. He will make up an accident he got into
or an emergency just not to be there.
That You Tube video you think he should
watch to prepare himself for the ordeal is the last thing he will want to watch
after he reads the comment. He will not be preparing himself for anything other
than holding the baby- after you have cleaned up and taking you home. Besides
is he the one doing the delivery? It is you!
Or in the room, with you, helping the
surgeon or whoever deliver; you will wait. If he is dropping you off, he will
go read a newspaper at the cafeteria. I think that is part of the reason they
do not ask for prior maternity leave until after the fact because he wants to
have as many excuses as he can muster.
African men do not want to be in that
delivery room looking at the process and listening to your screams. You just
scream, you are not the first woman to give birth. Neither does he want to be
there for the emotional drama.
wananiambia wanataka nideliver motto. Niliwauliza kama ni pesa wanataka ama
nikuje hapo kuangalia kuwaste time tu.
(They were asking me to go deliver. I asked
them if it is money they want or they would rather I was just there staring,
doing nothing and wasting time?).
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