Kabi WaJesus

Why is Kabi WaJesus wearing red nail polish such an issue for many Kenyans?

Kabi WaJesus hasn’t had the best in terms of publicity the past two weeks. The reason for that was the unproven allegation that he might have fathered a child 7 years ago that he had refused to take care of.

Added to that, the father of one who is married to fellow popular YouTuber Milly Wa Jesus made a move that has many Kenyans up in arms with him.

The YouTuber was spotted wearing red nail polish while driving his car recently. The video is below:

The video elicited a lot of hate from many Kenyans who accused him of being overly feminine (umama), with the subliminal connotation of homosexuality reeking from the comments.

Some of those are below

๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ˜นako na mimba.

Amepatwa na ile ugonjwa ya bahati๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚.

Ameanza umama๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

We have lost another man๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ.

Umatako tu ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚.

Kidogo tu aanze kuvaa thong๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚.


Huo ni umama

๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…I knew he had some part of a woman in him.

Si uongo anapenda wasichana๐Ÿ˜‚โœŒ

As one can see, the overwhelming reaction from Kenyans shows me that his move wasn’t well-received from most Kenyans.

And it made me wonder? Was what he did such a bad thing? Was it something that should have gotten all the hate that Kenyans had directed his way?

Honestly, I don’t know but I have some thoughts on the issue.

Kenya is still a very traditional society and while we might want to think that we are liberal, we still have a long way to go. A sizeable majority of us still believe in traditional gender roles and behaviours.

A man seen wearing nail polish is akin to him wearing a dress for many in our society. The fear is that the man might either be a homosexual or is overly feminine-Neither of which is favourably looked upon in Kenya and Africa in general.

The two are not only frowned upon but can be treated with brutal hostility in many parts of the country.

The savage reaction from the comments section tells me that Kabi’s behaviour is still a non-starter for many Kenyans, leading me to the question, “Why does something that doesn’t affect a person, bother a person so much?”

While Kabi’s behaviour is troubling for many, it is still allowed under the law under freedom of expression.

While he can wear nail polish and lip-stick if he so chooses, he will still have to deal with the consequences of those choices-and in a country that still has conservative norms.

But what do I know…

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