The Drinks Party, Nairobi

28th June 2015

The drinks party was an intelligent crowd of NGO workers and Kenyans; High flying journalist, teacher, Architect-turned- african livestock specialist, an uber-cool fashion stylist and entrepreneur).

The first person I met was Hussain, a chatty Muslim, Nairobian, (who eats pork), who enjoys participating in Ramadan each year.

‘Do you know the town Luton?’

‘A group of Muslims there have taken over the town, over-ridden the town!’.

Wondering what I’d missed on the news. (Guest next to me: ‘I didn’t see that on BBC news’) I see a video on his phone shot by a far-right group ‘visiting’ Luton.

The video is taken from inside a car, framing a bald middle-aged man talking to the camera from the driving seat, live-reportage style. Bearded apparent Muslims outside the car, wagging their fingers, or shaking their fists at the car interior, looking angry.

‘This is not the way to behave’ Hussain said, talking of the angry mob of Muslims.

He told me he had seen another YouTube video where a Luton Muslim, got into a heated argument with the ‘live-reporter’ in the car, and punched him through the window.

‘It’s not not the way to behave’ Hussain said again.

Avon for Medicine

I spoke to a guy who is implementing 18 ‘hubs’ distributing medicine through an Avon model. Current trained medical Kenyan volunteers, are able to distribute (sell) medicine) thereby becoming paid workers by making profit. Tried and tested in Uganda already, and works apparently.

Later on I was talking to somebody else:

‘Oh, you have met so-and-so?’ (meaning the guy above). ‘Who sells using the Avon model?’ The other guest went on to say that there is a lack of trust in purchasing medicine from Local Chemists, from bogus advice being given.

I imagine Faith (my sisters’ Godmother, who worked for us when we were young children) selling medicine to her community Avon style, and walking around on daily errands, also distributing (selling) medicine.

Faith would be trustworthy, as she is an outstanding carer for her community. Surely there is a risk of a few rouge distributers capitalising in the same way as the shops did by pushing unnecessary medicine onto their customers? Or capitalising through various nuanced subconscious methods?

The model is based on the fact that it is easier to act immorally as a business to a group of people who are not in your social circle, than face-to-face with somebody you have social connections with.

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