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Humour in times of a terrible epidemic

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I don’t know how people in other countries get by during a crisis, but we Kenyans cope by laughing at ourselves and making jokes out of situations that aren’t even remotely funny.

Think about it, the world is in the throes of the coronavirus calamity, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at our social media space, which is a haven of ‘coronavirus jokes’.

Following the government’s recent announcement discouraging large congregations, several churches have suspended Sunday services until further notice, with the Presbyterian Church of East Africa even advising its members to either postpone their weddings, but if, for some reason, they felt hard-pressed to go ahead with the ceremony, that it should have a maximum of five people — “including” the couple, best couple and the officiating minister.

Imagine a wedding without your parents, siblings and your entire clan. Weddings are showy, expensive affairs in this country, and even those with no cent to their name would gladly take an expensive loan to finance this one-day event.

Kenyans have been having a field day with this, saying that there will never be a better time than this to hold a wedding, therefore the men intending to marry should propose to their girlfriends now because the wedding will cost next to nothing and will be stress-free.

On Wednesday morning, I happened to briefly listen to Ghetto Radio’s morning show where the two young men driving the show introduced themselves as “Corona wa Kariobangi” and “Corona wa Githurai”. It was so unexpected, I could not help bursting out in laughter, especially because they said it so nonchalantly.

Where do you come from? Did you say Kinoo? Then that would make you Corona wa Kinoo — yeah, I know, it shouldn’t be funny.

What about the so-called ‘coronavirus challenge’ which involved Kenyans posting pictures wearing DIY face masks (one had padlocked his nose) ostensibly to keep the virus at bay? And isn’t it interesting how we have managed to shorten the name of the virus to corona this, corona that? It almost seems as if we’re talking about a dear friend.

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There’s also that joke that has been doing rounds about an expected baby boom in a couple of months to come, thanks to self-quarantine, which has forced couples to start interacting with each other again.

As for the memes, they are out of this world, and will leave you gasping with laughter. There’s one that I especially found funny, probably because I could relate to it — that of a woman busy working on her laptop while her three children lay on the floor next to her, their hands and feet tied together, but more importantly, their mouths firmly tapped shut.

There’s also a picture of someone washing his hands captioned, “It’s Corona time …” Talking of washing hands, I cannot begin to count the number of times I wash my hands in an hour nowadays.

I wash them so often they have begun to look like an old woman’s hands. I have a feeling that the most important lesson many of us will draw from this crisis is the importance of hand washing, after all, the hands are primary transmitters of disease-causing germs.

It is true that laughter is the best medicine, in fact, there are studies that prove humour has a healing effect, and not just for a depressive mood, but disease as well. I guess we have learnt, over the years, either consciously or unconsciously, how to use humour as a stress coping mechanism.

By Carol Njung’e


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Fearless girl asks mum to start doing house chores, says she’s tired

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A video has emerged on social media in which a young girl could be seen arguing with her mother over house chores.

The girl expressed her dissatisfaction over the house chores her mother left for her. She asked why her mother does nothing in the chores and leaves everything for her.

She said she lays bed, cleans and arranges the house and told her mother to learn how to do these chores.

Young girl challenges mum over house chores

She told her mum not to kill her with house chores, adding that because she gave birth to her does not mean she should do nothing in the house. @mediagist/Instagram
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The girl told her mum to give birth to another child, adding that she would stop doing house chores in the house.

She said because her mother gave birth to her does not mean the latter would do nothing in the house.

By Tuko.co.ke


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VIDEO: Fans react after Dr Ofweneke’s video mopping house surfaced

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Comedian-cum-emcee Sande Bush popularly known as Dr Ofweneke has proven to be the most romantic man alive.

The father of three will do anything for his better half and recently he sent tongues wagging after he shared a video mopping the house using a piece of rag and bucket of water.

The video ignited mixed reactions with many applauding him for being a husband material while some claimed it was a punishment from his wife although he didn’t respond to that.

Reactions include;

terencecreative They have sitted on you.

pstruthmatete @terencecreative sitted on him properly like chapati😂😂😂. Oh my poor brother😂😂😂

jeridah.andayi Finished! I should probably send this video to your Mama. You are finished my brother. Abaneeeeee😂😂😂😂😂

blakaende Bro… osha chupi yake publicly tukuamini

xclusivedeejay Nunua mop wacha kuishi ni kama uko Abuja 😂😂😂😂

 

borrow_yeng Mwanaume hafai kuwa na dusters kea nyumba

yvonnemeshofficial Unavaa kiatu size 90😂😂😂husband material 🔥🔥

alanmola Are mops out of stock too bro? 🤣🤣

moureenbreshy Haikosi umekaliwa chapo mbichi😎

namalwa_chesoli I wanted a husband like this one,but who is God,he gave me one who puts his legs on the table and removes the socks at the door and still asks Kama nimeziona!

aokowinny09 Kwani bibi alikuwacha?

kemmy840 Ama hii ni punishment kutoka kwa bibi

daudis.mnalila Akii kuna kitu umefanya si bure🤣

okuonko_walker Bibi amekukalia bro

evannvane Usituchezee sisi wakisii😂

angulu_babos Huyu alikua analala kwa mens conference 😂😂😂😂

chepwogenmercy @drofweneke look for a wife material now

rosemaryogambe @drofweneke Hahaaa UMEKALIWA CHAPATI wewe chunga 😂😂😂😂😂

elsieshish Thriving husband 😜😜

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‘We had invested…’ Churchill reveals how the pandemic has hit him

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Comedian Churchill says just like any other business, coronavirus has hit him too.

Churchill, real name Daniel Ndambuki has been doing ‘The Journey Series’ on his TV show which is originally a stand-up comedy show that attracts thousands of viewers.

Speaking to Mpasho, Churchill revealed;

“We had invested quite some amount in the production of the show. And now, you can’t use that gear, you have to put all that aside. You cannot set up something so big for like 200 people, that is loss-making. It almost takes us to where we began. We remain positive though”

Adding;

“I am happy with all that is happening from all other comedians.”

Churchill said this after the launch of TuKo App, which he is the brand ambassador.

Churchill Photo By Charlene Malwa

by Mpasho.co.ke


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