Kenya

Top 10 Things

  • What NOT to do
  • What to do
  • It is immoral to wear short clothes in front of elders in Kenyan culture. Do not wear short clothes when you know you are going to meet elderly people. You can be viewed as an immoral person. --Vincent Nyoike
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  • Do not argue with elders or interrupt them. When talking to elders, if you differ with their opinion, do not argue with them. Keep your ideas to yourself and just agree with them. --Vincent Nyoike
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  • The head of the family has a specific seat. When you visit a Kenyan family, do not sit down until you are shown where to sit. There is usually a seat reserved for the head of the family. --Vincent Nyoike
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  • Never hunt in Kenya. Hunting is prohibited in this country --Mercy
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  • Kenya has over 42 tribes, each with distinct culture and language. Do not ridicule or talk negatively about a particular tribe, culture, or practices since it can be perceived negatively and you can be termed as an enemy. --Vincent Nyoike
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  • In kenya, When someone says hi to you especially at the coastal region, Just respond to avoid unnecessary dramas. --Zack Ochieng
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  • Do Not Ask Everyone If They Run --Joseph
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  • A handshake is a form of greetings in Kenya. In Kenyan culture, you should not pass elderly people without greeting them. --Vincent Nyoike
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  • Do not enter the public transport if you dont like noise. The matatu culture in Kenya allow loud music, its like a moving club. --Joseph
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  • Do not say no to food or drink from an elderly person. Food or drink is a sign of hospitality and generosity. --Vincent Nyoike
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  • The official language for Kenya is English and Swahili, though we have other languages. --Joseph
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  • Tea and milk is the most common beverage in many Kenyan homes. When visiting a family, make sure to bring them tea leaves and milk. --Vincent Nyoike
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  • Learn some basic Swahili words. Kiswahili is the most common language spoken in Kenya. You can use the Swahili language to ask for directions or to bargain in the market. --Vincent Nyoike
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  • Irony and sarcasm are part of Kenyan culture. When you have done something good, people will congratulate you sarcastically. --Vincent Nyoike
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  • Ask for permission before taking photos of strangers. Many Kenyan communities believe in witchcraft. Taking photos of strangers without their permission could mean you want to bewitch them. --Vincent Nyoike
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  • Ululation is a sign of happiness. During events like weddings or birthdays, elderly women must ululate to symbolize that they are happy and that the event is joyous. --Vincent Nyoike
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  • Respect for elders is paramount in Kenyan culture. You must give way to elderly people, and give a seat to an elder person in public transportation. --Vincent Nyoike
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  • In Kenyan culture, an event is not complete without meat. When inviting people to an event, make sure to slaughter for them. --Vincent Nyoike
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  • In Kenyan culture, some meat is meant for men and others for women. For instance, the liver, and gizzard in a chicken are meant for men. Women should eat drumsticks and meat from the neck area. --Vincent Nyoike
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  • Family and loved ones are part of a Kenyan’s life. It is important to enquire about someone’s well-being, their family, and loved ones even if you don’t know who their family is. --Vincent Nyoike
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