What’s up with Kenyan dudes and long finger nails? I first noticed it a few years ago on a high-school aged kid in Kitui. I was a bit weirded out when I saw that both of his pinky finger nails were strangely long and manicured, as if they hadn’t been cut in two months or so. I thought it was just this one weird guy, but since then I’ve seen it on all sorts of other guys (never women), including a few guys at ILRI where I work.
I’ve heard of people having a long thumb nail for playing the guitar, but this is just bizarre. My imagination runs wild with what it must signify.
- Drug dealer: uses the pinky finger nail to count/sort/weigh cocaine.
- Drug addict: uses the pinky finger nail to snort cocaine.
- Mungiki member: pinky finger nail indicative of membership to the Mungiki criminal/religious/political Kikuyu organization.
I’ve never felt brave enough to ask someone with the finger nail affliction. I asked one of my street-savvy buddies and he said he’s been asking himself the same question for years. Does anyone have any insider information? What’s the deal?