Dennis Onsarigo an investigative journalist posted something close to this, some few weeks ago, “the fact that we associate with big names on twitter does not mean we are any close to middle class life, we are just above the poverty line.”I fully affirm to those sentiments and even go ahead to demystify myths people on social media have about belonging to this class.
For starters, if your not worthy anything above ten million shillings, wake up and dust off that tired dream. People in this class buy beer from anything above sh.350/-, neither do they go hue and cry when Governor Kidero slaps them with sh. 300 for parking fee. They can afford designated drivers if not hiring taxi just to avoid this alcohol blow madness. They carry with them sophisticated phones if not Ipads though the reverse is not true, fly to coast within less an hour as you take a drive of 12 hours. They do not visit Malindis and Naivashas of this world during Christmas, they are likely to be imbibing great wine or sipping cappuccino in a less congested ambiance down in Southern Africa or far off.
They enjoy fruits of financial freedom unlike many of us who are financially promiscuous and heavily indebted. They plan early enough for holidays, six months and beyond, without encroaching capital for family business. Their daily worries range from when to get the next pedicure, massage or visiting the hairdresser to whether the DSTV premiums have been paid.Their tales are re minces of their last trip to Las Vegas and Dubai to watch the rugby boys.They passionately attend every Kenya Safari rally event from Kajiado to Nanyuki. And as you whine about the digital migration, they give you a scorning face. Their kids do not necessarily do well in national exams but they are assured of life in campus in what is coined ‘parallel education’. And speaking of kids, a good number of them have worse children who harbor no dreams about their future, they best they can do is hang around malls with buddies.
These are the type of people who you are likely to meet in several county investment forums eager to put their money in lucrative opportunities. They many a times prefer to do online buying with an after sale offer of home delivery services complemented by their gated estates. When Mututho menace strikes, they are likely not to be affected since they are members of sport and business associations and clubs where unwinding can take place anytime of the day.
Many of us clearly do not belong to this class.In matters of school, they invest generously towards ensuring their kids get the best education. No wonder they cough huge sums of kindergarten fee akin to what a day school student in form two would pay in a term. As 2014 approaches, we can only roll up our sleeves, tighten our belts, put our thoughts together, possess a risk taker mentality and make strategic decisions.