Paper bags, nyayo milk, lady gay body lotion and other things Kenyans miss

A list of a few things Kenyans miss

Things change. Which is one of the few guarantees in life just after taxes and before death.

Here is a list of some of the things Kenyans miss the most.

Stage Coach

This was the predominant bus company before Metro and Citi Hoppa and City Shuttle. They had cute white buses with orange and blue stripes and minimalist Stage Coach livery.

Some of them were even double decker buses.

Paper bags

Kudos to the initiative to save our environment. But life was so much easier when we could shop without paying for our bags. Packing meat was easier. Packing chipskuku was easier. Packing samosas and KDFs and smokies was just easier. RIP paper bags, you shall be missed.

Phone booths

With cell phones more powerful than the world’s first computer, missing phone booths is simply due to nostalgia. The way you had to ensure the coins were acceptable. That moment when you got change after your phone call. That moment when you had to wait for the phone to ring twice so that the call could actually connect.

50 Cent

The sumuni has essentially left the market. Gone are the days when things used to be priced at Sh30.50. Or when you could buy sweets actually worth 50cts.

Nyayo milk

There was just something about it. We just miss the free milk.

Lady Gay

They are still in the market but before Palmers and Johnsons and Nivea flooded the market Slay Queens used Limara deodorants and Lady Gay body lotion. Girls used to do blow outs and the preferred hair food was Dax.

Trust ads

Those were the days. Those were the ads. They were raunchy, exciting and just fantastic.

Hot comb

Before flat irons and blow driers and driers, there were hot combs. Which was essentially a heated metallic comb.

Nokia 3310

This was the phone to end all phones. Even with Nokia’s recent comeback and the return of a more modernised 3310, it’s just easy to miss the old one. It was bullet proof, crash proof, and dust proof. Heck it was death proof. It was the Chuck Norris of phones.

Video

That’s what kids in my backwater called them. They were movie showings where audiences paid Sh5 to see a movie. Majority of the movies were action movies starring Sylvester Stallone, Jean Claude van Damme, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee, Jet Li and Steven Seagal.

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