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Why do Kenyan men fear child birth?

02 August 2016, 18:23 Shakila Alivitsa

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.

Him: Ati 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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