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Street food you are missing out on

Nothing carries the Kenyan culture high than its amazing street food. Each region has unique dishes with special recipes that date from way back. The thing about street food is that it is affordable and quick to prepare.

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Street food is something you get when you want a quick snack during your usual errands. One time a friend told me “The dust street foods are exposed to is what makes them slap differently from similar homemade dishes” and I have never agreed more. You could try and recreate these meals at home but it wouldn’t turn out the same and that’s just the power of street food.

When looking for street food, you can’t miss vendors lined up selling a variety of foodstuff by the roadside. Find a clean vendor to buy from and focus on the general hygiene of the environment. As much as they are heavenly meals, street food has a high rate of causing stomach upset and could book you a night in the toilet.

With that in check, here are some street foods you could be missing out on;

Boiled eggs

Referred to as ‘mayai boilo’, boiled eggs from the streets hit a certain nerve you never thought existed. Kenyan musician, Mejja, in the Cheza kama wewe song he featured sings a common phrase loved by boiled egg lovers that goes, “Yule ni mse wa mayai? Muite mwambie agonge mbili.” You will find Kenyans singing along to this phrase once this song comes on and it shows the influence street boiled egg has on people. You can dress it with salad and tomato sauce to ignite its flavors. Street boiled eggs usually go at twenty shillings.

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Roasted maize

The very famous ‘mahindi choma’. You can’t miss this in any estate you visit. Roasted maize is one of the oldest street foods. It is a good meal to jog your jawline and pass time on a chill day. The secret ingredient of good maize is the chili powder on a half-cut lemon you apply to the maize. Talk about tantalizing juices. Roasted maize is very affordable with full cobs going for twenty or thirty shillings.

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Mtura

You can’t mention street food in Kenya without adding Mtura to the list. This meal has stemmed from Kenyan roots and is a favorite among many. Usually set up in front of butcheries or independently, Mtura vendors are found everywhere. The trick is to order small bits and keep them coming. Do not order a one-hundred-shilling mtura all at once. Start with twenty shillings, then another twenty till you’ve had enough which I doubt one can with the dish. Mtura is famously eaten with Kachumbari and a bit of salt.

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Smokie pasua

Smokie is one thing, but ‘smokie pasua’ is another. Smokie pasua is smokie divided in half and kachumbari added to it. The flavors in this combo drown your taste buds in greatness and you can’t get satisfied with one. Even two. You can find them everywhere and are usually twenty-five to thirty shillings depending on your location.

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Smocha

When we thought we had exhausted ways to eat smokies, smocha came into the picture. Now, smocha is basically smokie pasua wrapped in chapati. I know, I know, your mouth is probably watering at the thought of this meal and yes, it is that good. Recently, memes of people wanting to serve smochas at their weddings have circulated the internet. I’d be happy to attend your wedding if this is your plan, please add me to the guest list.

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We have come to the end of my top 5. Yes, I have tried all of them and it’s the best thing ever. If you don’t take street food, you are missing out big time. Which street food would you like others to try?

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A lot is happening in a short span of time. Therefore we thought to fill you in on happenings that may have skipped your timeline.

Nikita Kering got nominated for AFRIMAWARDS 

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Recently, Nikita Kering, a Kenyan RnB artist was nominated for the All Africa Music Awards in three categories 1. Best Female Artiste in Eastern Africa 2. Songwriter of the year 3. Best Artiste, duo, or group in African RnB Soul. Voting is ongoing on afrima.org Vote for her!

Kevin Hart launched a clothing line

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The line which is dubbed ‘the Hart collection’ is produced in collaboration with fabletics, Kevin Hart and his wife Eniko Hart. The collection comprises mostly sporting gear, hats and sweaters.

 

Venessa Mdee welcomed a baby girl

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The Tanzanian artist who is engaged to power actor Rotimi recently welcomed their first child. The superstar who currently resides in Nigeria with her fiancé announced her pregnancy with a picture on her social accounts. She followed that recently with the hand of a newborn and a caption bearing the name Seven Adeoluwa Akinosho. Kenyan celebrities who flooded her timeline with congratulatory messages include Tallia Oyando, Akothee, and Sarah Hassan.

 

Vybz Kartel bought his family property

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After 10 years of incarceration, Vybz Kartel, the famous dancehall artiste is now investing in property for his family. In an Instagram post, he announced that he had procured land for his son who was now a father, and bought a house for his aging mother and father.

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Nairobi Gossip Club hosted an opinion poll where they asked Kenya to mention the biggest Kenyan artist. As usual, fans took to commenting where most comments indicated that they considered Otile Brown the biggest artist in Kenya. Otile Brown must have impressed his fans by his work ethic, strategic collaborations and his relentless urge to rise as a star.

Other honourable mentions included Nyashinski, Sauti Sol, Khaligraph Jones and Nikita.

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Akothee speaks on her struggles of being a public figure

According to the mother of five, not every stranger who approaches you has good intentions and went on to say that she has been forced to run away from her fans on several occasions

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Being a public figure comes with its own share of challenges that come as a result of high expectations from people who at time forget you are human being too.

Now, singer Esther Akoth, popularly known as Akothee, in a post on her Instagram account has opened up on the struggles she goes through in her life as a public figure. The hit maker revealed that she is always uneasy when she discovers that she has been noticed when in a public area.

“You all might not understand but allow me to express myself today. I may appear strong but deep down I have been broken so many times. I am a moving damaged goods,” She wrote.

 

Akothee said that being on the limelight might not be as glamorous as majority of the people at times believe and events from her past still give her chills when it comes to meeting her fans.

“I have realized that I have become very sensitive that I don’t even want to leave my house. I don’t like people recognizing me in public and at times I just wished I was just a normal person passing the streets in peace,” she added.

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According to the mother of five, not every stranger who approaches you has good intentions. She went on to say that she has been forced to run away from her fans on several occasions. Akothee admitted that she is always scared to meet her fans to the extent that she gets traumatized before leaving her house or jumping out of her car.

 

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“I am Samuel” film banned

The film was produced in 2020 by Toni Kamau which highlights the experiences of Samuel Asilikwa after coming out as a gay man in the streets of Nairobi

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The Kenya Film classification board(KFCB) has announced the ban of a “gay” themed documentary on Samuel Asilikwa, a Kenyan. The film was called “I am Samuel” and was directed by Peter Murimi.

In a statement on Thursday, acting KFCB Chief Executive Officer Chris Wambua said that the ban will be in effect because the film is promoting a “gay theme”

“In the course of examining a film titled: I am Samuel, which was submitted to the Board for classification, the Board noted a clear and deliberate attempt by the producer, to promote same-sex marriages as an acceptable way of life,” Wambua said.

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He went on to say that the same-sex relationship is evident in the film through repeated confessions by the gay couple(in the film) that what they feel for each other is normal and should be embraced as a way of life.

Mr. Wambua also announced that any attempts to air the film with the Kenyan territory in now deemed illegal and any to distribute it within the country shall be met with the full force of the law.

“While the Board welcomes local and foreign support to our budding local film industry, such funding should focus on production of content that is aligned with the laws of our country. Films that advocate for same-sex marriages, homosexuality or any outlawed practices shall not be allowed for exhibition, or distribution within the country,” KFCB said.

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The film was produced in 2020 by Toni Kamau which highlights the experiences of Samuel Asilikwa after coming out as a gay man in the streets of Nairobi. It also shows his experience of rejection from from friends and some family members.

 

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