Mweni’s To do List on Being a typical Kenyan No. 2: Pesa otas nigga! 

 

Why do coins,  when all they do in your pocket is make noise like clickity-clack!#

She gets lucky sometimes. A man walks out of a bus and drops the loose change in her arm. But at other times, she wonders. If something happened. She overhears such stories from people. It is a skill that she has learnt. To listen to conversations. Of others, while walking behind them or in the restaurants. That is how Mweni has learnt to make sense of her world.

“Ati alidai kumpatia punch!” He wanted to give him five hundred shillings

“Alafu?” Then?

“Si nilimlipia tu. Ilikuwa tu 30 bob Ha..ha Huyo konda alikuwa karibu alipuke…”I just paid for him, just thirty shillings, before the conductor got mad. “Alafu mjamaa mwingine akampatia punch. Hehe. Si alijam mbaya.” Then some other guy gave him five hundred shillings. He got angry

“Alido?” What did he do?

“Alisaka hizo madoh zimechapa akampatia kama change” He looked for the oldest of notes and gave him as change.

“Alizikubali” Did he accept them?

“Huyo konda alimshow asiwai mpatia pesa za bank hapa tena!!” The conductor told him not to give him bank-like money again

“Ha ha ha!!”

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