Television news presenter Lulu Hassan has reminisced on how life has changed compared to when she was growing up.
She pointed out how back in the day a child was the responsibility of the community but that has since been surpassed by time.
“I grew up in Majengo King’orani ( Mombasa) during a time when everyone treated each other like Family.
“We went outside to play, we got dirty and we didn’t eat fast food….we ate viazi karai, muhogo, Achari mabuyu, kunazi, vitoria, maembe, mapera etc.
“We played bladaa, mskatili kamba, gololi , football, Puzza, kode, Mti and kibe bado aka Hide & Seek, Kibe cha mkebe, Kibe cha mwizi na askari, Uki, Ya Kati yakujaza chupa.. and raced against each other in the street. There was no bottled water, we drank from the water hose.”
She went on:
“We watched cartoons on Saturday mornings, walked to the corner store, and rode our bikes for hours without a cell phone.
“We weren’t afraid of anything, not even The Police. If someone had a fight, that’s what it was…a fistfight.
“Kids didn’t have guns when I grew up. The street lights were your curfew. The school was mandatory.”
“We watched our mouths around our elders because we knew If you disrespect any grown-up, you’re gonna get hit with whatever’s close… #ItTakesAVillageToRaiseAChildRe-post if you’re proud that you came from a close-knit community and will never forget where you came from!”