By Michael Okoth
What exactly did we expect when we proudly merchandized ourselves not as a normal(or is it a common?) people but as a lifestyle and a software?
It was never going to take long before the more smarter Kikuyu entrepreneurs saw a business opportunity and took full advantage of this so called “software” to improve themselves. Where the deluded and highly pretentious Luo middle class see an opportunity to showcase their fake largesse to the whole world and prove beyond any reasonable doubt the fact of their “softwareness”,the entrepreneurial Kikuyu middle class see an opportunity for business and economic exploitation;
when young Kikuyu men and women are spending sleepless nights thinking of how to make money and create wealth for themselves, young Luo men and women are spending sleepless nights thinking of how to spend their little hard earned money and “destroy” their imaginary wealth on cheap women,expensive alcohol and high-end unsustainable lifestyles.
Interestingly,it’s the former who are always on standby with everything from “yellow” women to expensive alcohol to big expensive cars to big mansions to quench the latter’s thirst for good life.They say a Luo only lives once (LOLO).
As the middle and upper class Kikuyus smile to Equity Bank,the not so economically lucky Luos blame them for grabbing and stealing everything!Yet this is a vicious cycle that thrives purely on either Luo ignorance or foolishness or both. It’s also a cycle that the Luo attitude is unable to break.
As I write this,some fast-thinking Kikuyus who through their Luo proxies long hijacked the Luo Cultural celebrations and converted it into a multimillion money minting enterprise where attendees are charged exorbitantly for some night-long cheap and stale external stand up comedies intertwined between some carefully selected boring luo music have organized a “Luo Cultural Night” at Carnivore, Nairobi.
The Luo middle class and their girlfriends and mipango za kandos have jammed the place.By tomorrow morning, each one of them shall leave the place at least 30k poorer as the happy organizers of the event smile to the bank.
It’s either the pretentious Luo middle class change their mindset or just shut up.