Horror and fear struck the port of Mombasa Thursday when Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) inspectors uncovered a container with bizarre looking implements, masks and trophies.
The cargo imported from China sparked apprehension in Mombasa, where belief in occult and clairvoyant sciences is strong as port officials linked the cargo an unnamed senior politician.
As you may assume, Halloween is not popular in Kenya. I came across this opinion piece while looking to see if it was celebrated at all.
The rate at which Kenyans are adopting Western culture is alarming. In fact, practices like Halloween with no benefit to the spiritual and moral fabric of our society are being celebrated like any merry holiday. In our urban centres, there is a big shift in the modes of dressing, communication, and general attitudes especially from young people.
These negative social transformations have caught our society by a storm, which is a negation of the values and tenets we need to uphold as a God fearing nation. In fact, what I see in New York, Los Angeles or London is exactly what’s happening in the City of Nairobi.
I fail to understand why we’re failing to maintain our societal norms and only accommodate foreign habits which are of no benefit to our lives. Our people need to be reminded that foreign is not necessarily good or applicable in our society. Just because it’s working elsewhere, it doesn’t mean it’s suitable for Kenya.
Our people are wrong by embracing events like Halloween which has its roots in the US, Canada, Ireland and Scotland. Most homes looks like graveyards with human skeletons dangling on doors, as children and adults roam around in frightening costumes.
So, they just aren’t used to that and, if this person is representative of more, they don’t want to get used to it. I’m pretty sure they don’t get the aspect of fun that Western nations (U.S. especially which goes OVERBOARD for the holiday) enjoy from this fall festival. But I do wonder what the intent of this cargo was for…