Toilet graffiti : Crazy Kenyans who write on loo walls
4 months ago, 16 July 07:53
The governor of Nairobi last week came up with a directive, ordering the use of all city public toilets to be free. The order has elicited a lot of reactions, with many expressing concern over impending misuse and mismanagement of the public facilities.
One of the common problems that city residents should brace themselves for is the return of dirty and often funny, intellectual or even inspirational scribblings on public toilets walls, a culture that was fading away.
Crazy Monday went round, studying these toilet scribblings and a couple of trends emerged. For example, most of the writings are on Kenya’s pet topics, especially politics.
Also, despite these writers being weirdos, most are extremely intelligent poets, humorists and philosophers in the making. Toilet graffiti is also a form of art that cuts across class, age and gender, we discovered. It would emerge that men write more lewd stuff than women, who prefer romantic quotes.
Some of the literature is so hilarious that as you sweat out and push, it leaves you chuckling throughout.
“Forgive Baba, he is just observing good table manners as he eats with Jubilee. With his mouth full, he can’t talk about corruption,” reads graffiti at a public toilet in Nairobi. “Muli is a one minute man,” screams writing on a toilet wall at a city university.
“As early as 8am, Nasa watakua wanalilia kwa choo,” reads another at a public toilet in Nairobi. “I like dating church girls. You cheat on her and all of you blame is the devil and pray together and move on,” reads another at a church.
Ordinarily, when a person enters the toilet and closes the door, his or her privacy starts. In fact, some people describe toilets as the only place where one can have “me time”, a place to think straight and sort out deep personal and emotional problems. But who are these people who lock themselves in toilets to vent off?
Canvas for educating society
Adams, 45, teaches literature at a school in Western Kenya. From drawing human reproductive organs on toilet walls, to scrawling simple quotes and vulgar stuff, Adam believes toilet graffiti is a vast canvas for educating society. In fact he sees it as a calling.
He remembers how he changed the lifestyle of a mathematics teacher who didn’t seem to be aware of his foul body odour while still a primary school pupil.
“His armpits used to stink so much that we almost suffocated whenever he bent over us while marking assignments around the class,” he recalls.
He confesses to have made sure the teacher knew how nauseating his body odour was by launching a “smear” campaign against him on toilet walls.
“Of course, there was no way I was going to tell him his armpits were stinking like a sewer,” he says, “so I shamed him by writing about his foul smell in every toilet I could find.”
Charles Etale, a psychologist, says for an intelligent and sane person to do such stuff, he must be suffering from a suppressed mental illness.
“This motivation for writing on toilets ...
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