It is 1.21am on a Thursday night, you are at a gents at an uptown local and life is coming at you at a frightening speed.
You have just barely managed to pay the bill and you have no extra money in your wallet.
You had previously okoa-d jahazi and not paid it back.
You have zero credit on your phone, zero on MPESA, and your bundles have run out.
So getting an uber never mind the mechanics of paying for it becomes a matter of rocket science.
This is when you stare at your phone and wonder who you can call to help.
As you realize that it is true a friend is someone who you can call at 1am and they pick up and help. And that despite the overflowing phone book you have very few friends.
Getting here may seem far-fetched and I can hear you wonder how a grown man can be so irresponsible.
Let’s back track.
Man has not seen his friend who happens to be a woman for awhile. So man asks woman friend for a meet and chat. Woman is hanging out with her friend who is a mutual acquaintance and she asks if she can come with the acquaintance and man innocently says yes.
Drinks are enjoyed. Meat is ordered.
Then the acquaintance invites over a cousin who partakes of his drink and the meat and leaves.
Then the acquaintance has a phone chat with her best friend who happens to be in the vicinity and she comes over and also enjoys her drinks.
Shortly, the best friend of the acquaintance calls over her boyfriend who orders for drinks.
Then the woman friend, remember her, leaves.
All this time, the bills were piling up and the man is left with a hefty bar bill that no-one is interested in paying.
Man who has just about paid the bill asks one of the wait staff to sambaza credit and man is able to hail an uber which gets him to an ATM thus enabling him to pay for ride home.
How often are men in such situations and they are left crying in the toilet?
Do women have a responsibility to also pick their share of the bill in joint company?
In polite company, should all those who have partaken of drinks and meal on a table share the bill?
If invited to a meet-up, as a lady, is it really polite to tag along your entire crew?
To get loaned credit – Okoa Jahazi – *131#
To get loaned bundles – Okoa Bundles – *544#
It is important to have emergency money in M-Shwari for a rainy day.
Man-up. You are not alone. A huge number of men have found themselves in a similar situation. Chalk it up as a scar of war. Pick the lesson and be cleverer next time.
GOD BLESS KENYA!