One packet of wheat flour, unga ya ngano, can make anything from between 18 to 22 chapatis. It depends on who you ask. A packet retails at kshs 115 and it is cheaper than a packet of maize flour by almost 20 shillings. So chapatti is replacing ugali at least as the urban staple.
It is healthy to blow one’s own trumpet but allowing others blow your horn will carry the sound twice as far. Too much self admiration can morph into an addiction and we live in a society that is structured to get us high off our own supply.
Apathy has become a way of being. The lack of enthusiasm I witnessed in my village is a coping mechanism. When you have been disappointed time and again by political leadership, it is sensible to insulate oneself from future trauma using the principle of ‘I don’t care’.