I was just riding the matatu (minibus used for public transport) to work when an mlevi (drunkard) got on the bus. As soon as he saw me he started shouting, “America!” and then something indistinguishable about Jesus. I don’t know if it was in English or Swahili because he was slurring. By now he had put his teddy bear in my lap — I know, what the hell? — and everyone on the bus was obviously staring at me. When I finally understood that he wanted me to say, “Amen” I just smiled and looked nervously around.

How can you out wit a charismatic drunk man with Jesus on his side? I admit I was at a loss for words… all I could come up with was, “I don’t say ‘Amen’.” I didn’t say it too loudly because I didn’t want to start a debate. I guess I shocked him but it didn’t matter because after a few seconds he went on shouting about America and Obama.


<em>Yesu yu aja</em> minivan in Nairobi
Yesu yu aja minivan in Nairobi

Yesu yu aja (“Jesus is coming”). Wacko alert! Yes, they do exist outside of Texas! I think this guy parks his minivan on prominent streets in Nairobi to get the word out. I’ve seen this van before so it was like bumping into an old friend. When I saw it I thought, “Oh, it’s that car!” and I just had to stop and snap a picture. Thank the lord for cell phones with cameras. Citizen journalism, baby!

I wonder if he knows something we don’t, or if he will adjust the date next year when nothing happens on July 10, 2010. If he’s wrong, maybe he’ll change the date to something more in line with the real end of the world, December 21, 2012. Anyways, keep your eyes peeled while you walk in town and you might catch a glimpse of this hilarious minivan.


So look busy! Errr, get ready for the end of the world! I saw this message on the back of a car while walking down Moi Avenue in Nairobi today. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Jesus is coming

The Swahili on the bottom says Yesu yu aja! (“Jesus is coming!”). So you’d better jipange sawa sawa (“organize yourself well”)! ;)