German Ambassador Excites Kenyans After Learning Kikuyu While Buying Madafu in Nairobi

February 3, 2023

German Ambassador to Kenya, Mr Sebastian Groth, is all the rave on Twitter after he tweeted a few Kikuyu words that he learned while drinking Madafu(Coconut water) in Nairobi.

Last week, the envoy was on his way to a meeting within the Kenyan capital when he made a brief stop in Parklands area. There, he found a roadside trader selling Madafu on a Mkokoteni(handcart) and bought the refreshment from him.

Amb Groth would later take to Twitter to recount his encounter with the trader he identified as Peter.

Tweeting in a mixture of English and Swahili, the Ambassador said Peter taught him a few words in the vernacular Kikuyu language.

“On the way to next meeting brief stop at duka la madafu. What a taste, ilikuwa tamu sana. Boss ya duka ni Peter na anasema: madafu ni mazuri sana kwa kidney,” Amb. Groth tweeted.

He added: “And taught me some Kikuyu, sounded like: Nī ngatho mūno (…)”

Nī ngatho mūno means Thank you very much.

This was just one instance where Amb. Groth has endeared himself to Kenyans on Twitter(KOT), who I must say are difficult to please.

Some have been praising him for his mastery of Swahili while others have been left impressed by his down-to-earth nature.

Others were stunned that there exists Madafu in Nairobi given that coconuts are a preserve of the Coastal region.

The envoy insists he is the admin of his official Twitter, although he had a little help tweeting the Kikuyu words. This he revealed in several engagements with Kenyans on Twitter.

Check out the tweets below.

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