Bien’s Hate For Githeri Goes Way Back Not Just For Him But For Many Millennials

Famous in Africa but not necessarily popular, Githeri has always had a love-hate relationship with most Kenyans.

Githeri is a traditional Kenyan dish made from boiled and mixed maize and beans. It is a staple food in Kenya and is often consumed as a simple and nutritious meal. It’s cheap and easy to cook a reason why it’s so popular.

But it’s for these very reasons a majority of Kenyans –especially millennials– have grown to hate it.

Bien Aime Baraza, the frontman of the highly successful Kenyan band Sauti Sol, on Monday officially labeled the food the “worst meal” ever.

In a podcast, the artist opened up about his personal preferences, including his dislikes, and surprised many by revealing that he dislikes Githeri to the extent of banning it from his kitchen.

The revelation came during a candid conversation where Bien answered questions about his culinary preferences.

“I told my house manager, my wife, and my mum also know that nobody is allowed to cook that food in my house. It is the worst meal in my world,” he declared.

Bien confessed that he had even tried giving Githeri a chance but it didn’t help.

“I tried eating it with avocado, BlueBand, and other things, but it did not work.”

It’s not the first time Bien has expressed his hate for the meal so we are hoping this doesn’t shock you. Interestingly, his hate is a true reflection of the love-hate relationship most millennials have with Githeri.

Bien,36, in the podcast even goes ahead to hint why his generation hates the meal together with another one; Cabbages.

“I also don’t do cabbage because of high school.”

Githeri holds a special place in the memories of millennials, but not necessarily for the right reasons. Unlike their predecessors, the Baby Boomers, millennials harbor a distinct dislike for this once ubiquitous meal.

School might be a key reason many grew to hate the meal.

Millennials and the Githeri School Era:

Githeri was more than just a meal during the school years of millennials; it was a culinary companion that accompanied them through the halls of boarding schools.

Unlike the current generation, Gen Z, who now enjoys a diverse array of meals in schools, and the Baby Boomers, who were predominantly day schoolers, millennials’ relationship with Githeri was a pervasive and, for many, an excessive one.

Boarding school life for millennials meant encountering Githeri almost daily. From the confines of primary school dormitories to the challenges of secondary school life, this simple mixture of corn and beans became a near-constant presence on their plates.

Consuming it nearly ten times a week over their 12-year school journey, many millennials emerged from their academic years with a strong distaste for Githeri.

The Githeri Fatigue:

The sheer frequency with which millennials encountered Githeri in their daily lives created a phenomenon best described as “Githeri fatigue.” As the go-to meal in boarding schools, it became synonymous with monotony, and its repetitive nature contributed to a generation-wide dislike for the once-unavoidable dish.

The monotony of the boarding school Githeri experience has left a lasting impact, leading many millennials to distance themselves from this once-ubiquitous meal.

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