Mungiki members taking an oathHello there!
Hope you are all having a good week so far! I have just received a comment from a colleague that has thrown me. So picture this...I am grabbing my first cup of coffee when I meet two colleagues in the kitchen, a woman and a man. So I happily say Good Morning and the first thing they say is "Nyachomba, your hair looks nice" I say thanks and continue on my quest to wake up via caffeine.My hair is currently in braids tied up in a high ponytail.
The man says "Eish, Nyachomba its better than the way you normally look like a Mungiki" then the lady retorts "Its true Nyash, your hair normally looks..shaking head" and doesn't finish what she was going to say. Anyone who has met me knows that I am very bubbly and always happy so I just smiled, grabbed my wake up coffee and went back to my desk, started fuming and then told Mary the story via chat. For anyone out of Kenya, Mungiki is an aggressive politico-religious group that claim to the the true sons of the Mau Mau. They reject the trapping of western culture and grow their hair without combing which looks dirty and unkempt. This is different to free forming locs which have been discussed in this blog because they are washed and taken care of unlike those of the mungiki culture. They are a very strong force who are against alcohol and smoking, against women wearing short skirts and trousers and run cartels in small towns.
I have had time to think about this and to be honest at the beginning I was pretty sad by that statement, actually on the verge of tears (must be pms). Then I realised that, only a very insecure person who does not love themselves and their hair would say that. Whenever I go to work I always have my hair neatly in a bun or a neat twist out so why would anyone attack my hair. I never come to work with my hair unkempt or even closely resembling Mungiki locs (not that they are ugly btw). Calling me a member of Mungiki is not only rude but an attack on my culture and my hair.
I sincerely wish that Africans would stop thinking and believing that their hair is unkempt, ugly or undesirable. We have beautiful hair, whether wavy, curly, tightly coiled, kinky, locd. Stop attacking people, do not attack anyone's hair, skin colour or creed. I shall not make any apologies for my hair or how I keep it! I just needed to rant but I am sure you guys have a few comments that have made your angry, sad or disappointed maybe even a mixture of all three..please feel free to share in the comment section.