Meat lovers can’t just understand how vegans survive.

Especially in this continent full of animals to slaughter.

Meat is the ultimate festive season diet, and we can’t always look forward to our next meaty meal. Actually, vegetables are stereotypically for bad days when you are broke, and when you are on a roll, you will be feasting on some meat.

The only people who don’t eat meat in Kenya are those allergic to it.

And their body reacts poorly to animal’s proteins. It is by the doctor’s prescription that they don’t eat ‘nyama‘.

However, of late, the concept of being a vegan is being sold on Kenyans.

I don’t know how possible is it for a Kenyan to turn into a vegetarian voluntarily?

The only way you are going to make a Maasai or Kalenjin who keeps 100 bulls for beef to go vegan by telling him that the price of cows has gone very high and thus he would rather sell those cows and make money than eat them.

That scenario is not possible for people who were fed goats, cows and sheep since they could eat.

We keep cows here like nonsense.

Being vegan is a strange thing. It is definitely an American culture where there are no cattle herders. Pastoralism is real here in Kenya and some communities, actually in every Kenyan household there is a cow and a few goats.

Even if a Kenyan is living in Nairobi, trust me, he has a cow back in the village and one goat that he can slaughter during the festive season.

In a country like England, if you want to eat meat, you simply buy it.

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That is not how we eat in Africa.

If an African family wants to eat meat, they buy a goat and slaughter. It is because there is an abundance of cattle here.

And we have organic meat here if there is something like that.

We don’t eat hybrid cows unless we are taking their milk. The chicken we eat is what we have kept and seen grown to maturity.

And we can feel their weight before we slaughter them for dinner.

We feel a sense of pride when we eat our own meat.

And thus it is quite disturbing for Kenyans or just Africans generally to turn their back on their culture and start doing Cabbages, Kales and Cucumber for dinner.

White meat instead

There is so much flesh to be eaten in Africa, apart from the animals we keep at home, we have lakes and oceans with freshwater fish.

The biggest Tilapias you can eat in this world are found in Lake Victoria.

And if you want to introduce vegetables in our diet, all that we can agree to is to add it as a small portion of our main course.

That is how we Africans consume Kales and Cabbages.

We cook our beef or organic chicken, and when it is ready for serving, we throw in a portion of Kales to make it feel better.

We do like vegetables, actually in a home if you cook meat without ones, we usually ask the cook “how we are going to eat that?”

Yes, we love meat but not to that point where we can abandon our meat completely.


Africans simply don’t understand the notion behind being a Vegan.

Different schools of thought have come forth and tried to explain the science and logic behind it, and we are not convinced with the explanations given so far.

First of all, they claim it is healthier to do vegetables than to opt for meat.

We understand meat has cholesterol, but we consume healthier versions of meat.

Stewed meat and smoked fish is just alright with us. They don’t have much cholesterol as nutritionists are trying to explain.

Another reason for going vegan is to save the planet.

There is a campaign being run by Jay Z that if we consume less meat, we can save the environment in the long run.

But its argument doesn’t hold water.

To what extent does being a vegan help with the environment? You can just visit this website and see it.

African people are built for hard duties.

We farm, do a lot of manual activities, and thus we eat foods that help us build muscles and fibres like meat. And besides, we have been eating vegetables.

The African weather is suitable for all varieties of plants; Kales and Cabbages are very foreign to us, and instead considered luxurious.

What we are used to are vegetables like pumpkin leaves, cowpeas and managu. There are more I can’t even find their names.

But we sure eat these nutritious greens to boost our health. Kales is a white man’s vegetable.

Our parents

Do you know why it is pretty hard to turn Africans, especially the millennials into the vegan lifestyle?

It has been tried and tested for years that it can’t work. We grew up with constant criticisms from our parents telling us to eat more vegetables.

Remember I said that we eat vegetables as a supplement to a fish or chicken meal.

That is when our parents would be urging us to add more vegetables on our plates. And we never liked it.

Health is usually not a priority for younger people.

It is when guys hit the 60s and start being conscious with their health that they start urging their families to watch their health. However, smart parents introduce the concept of health into their kids lives at a young age.

If you find millennials who are health conscious, it simply means they had a very good upbringing.

That of parents who watch what their kids eat.

We love our meat as Africans, and the kind of vegetables we have here is just golden.

We put sour milk in our vegetables and store it for days. By the time we start eating it, it is the healthiest meal any vegan in any part of the world can dream of. We are roughly 30 per cent vegan and 70 per cent meaty.

And thus there is a shred of hope in increasing our vegetable consumption. As according to this article, millennial moms are health conscious, we may expect they will raise Vegan kids;)

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