I was tidying my room this morning when my little nephew came. He is eleven years of age.
“Abti!” he said alarmed, “ what are you doing?”
“Am cleaning my room abti, as you can see.” I replied.
“ugh! Come off it abti, you are a disgrace!” he said
“Why is that abti?”
“Come on abti, boys are not supposed to do that!”
“Not supposed to do what?” i asked surprised. Did i hear him say that?
“Clean!” he replied casually
“What? Who is supposed to do it then?” I was speechless at this point
“So what would you say if I cleaned the kitchen?”
“Nah abti, don’t do that. You will be an embarrassment to the Somali boys”
“Somali boys?” and wondered who had said these things to him
“Yes, abti, boys are not supposed to do that?”
“What if there were no girls to do it?”
“Get someone to do it”
“someone like who?”
“I don’t know – just someone!”
“What are boys supposed to do then?”
“Work and bring money”
Do you see something common here in the young chap, or is he just an odd one?
The thing is, at such a tender age, common inherent mentality and thinking habits are evident in him and I am starting to wonder is this how most young Somali boys see themselves – bread-winners and girls as the home-makers? how is this tradition passed down, for i am sure he hasn’t picked it up verbally?