Dreaming of becoming a fibre optic millionaire.....
I was utterly amazed by the entrepreneurial spirit of the Kenyans I met in Nairobi last week. I used to think rags to riches stories were only found in fairytales. Well, those fairytales were written in Nairobi. One young man started off selling second hand clothes in a grubby market and now is a millionaire several times over. And not just in Kenyan shillings. Another built his first tin shack 30 years ago. He doesn't build tin shacks anymore.Our host, a jovial woman with a bar room handshake and a laugh to match, gave me a crash course in marriage partners. By the way, I think she should be president. Kikuyu women, according to her, have an inbuilt sensor that detects when a man's wallet is empty. It beeps. Fairytale, I thought.
I found Somali women to be incredibly stunning and graceful. There was one by the hotel pool, up on the seventh floor, resplendent in black and gold jewellery, smoking lustily from a hookah, her face a heavenly vision glimpsed through rolling blue smoke. I was about to walk up to her - to ask for her photo of course - when there was a loud beeping. For a moment I though it was the fire alarm. Then I realised what it was. Somali women have the Kikuyu wallet sensor too.
"If this is the dream God has placed in your heart, who are you to doubt?"