Thursday, 3 November 2011

I Have a Name!!!

We have lived in our neighbourhood for almost six years.
Along the road there is a cluster of much poorer homes and kiosks (little shops). With this cluster of homes, come children by the dozen.
Each time I pass through these homes, these children yell... 'Muzungu!!'
Muzungu means 'foreigner, white person.' It's a word of observation - nothing deragatory about it.. just a gesture of letting everyone know that there is a white person passing.

I can drive through there 3,4,5 or 6 times a day and it's the same thing every time. 'MUZUNGU!!'
I just smile and wave.

Well...Beni has been going down to the kiosks with Bucumi and Solange, our house help, to get various items when we need them.
Last week when I drove through the homes, I  heard... 'Mama Beni!'

I am no longer Muzungu. I have a name!! 
I'm quite pleased about this.

When we pass with Beni in the car... it's like he's a major football star passing through - it's hilarious! They all come running, yelling his name and want to greet him.
So much for the rest of us... but I'm happy with Mama Beni!

2 comments:

Rhoda said...

Love it! and Love you! :)

Susanna said...

Thanks for sharing Mama Beni!! Love it - and can imagine on a small scale how that must have felt. :)