I have decided to occasionally publish my behind the scenes conversations trying to convince Female Genital Mutilation sympathizers’. This is done only with full consent of the person involved and their identities are concealed. Here is my raw WhatsApp conversation with a male Kikuyu youth who believes Female Genital Mutilation should be continued. This conversation was started after he trolled me on Twitter and I gave him my number. I hope one day I can convince him to join #MenENDFGM and start advocating for the end of this harmful cultural practice.
[07:09, 10/10/2018] Youth: Hey Tony its (name withheld) ..tulkua tuongee maneno ya fgm
[08:24, 10/10/2018] Tony Mwebia: Mambo mkubwa
[08:24, 10/10/2018] Tony Mwebia: How are you. Thanks for reaching out to me
[09:28, 10/10/2018] Youth: So why are you fighting this precious Gem our Africans should go through
[09:31, 10/10/2018] Youth: Am a member of the kikuyu council of youth and we really fighting for female circumcision and practicing it on those who have undergone the kikuyu teaching ‘kirira’
[11:12, 10/10/2018] Tony Mwebia: Sorry I fell asleep kwa gari. Tell me more why do you support it bro. Your reasons. Then we can begin from there
[11:25, 10/10/2018] Youth: Its Reasons are purely based on my culture..there is something known as “mbini ya tata”(aunt’s earing) and thiri wa cucu (deni ya grandma ) wiĺl not disclose their deeper meaning but basically the rituals states that all women must find their aunts earing and must pay their grandamas fine..because their late grandma’s was circumcised IT IS A MUST FOR ONE TO UNDEGO THE CUT!!..
I don’t how to put it well in writing, its best explained orally
[11:28, 10/10/2018] Tony Mwebia: I have an understanding. Hata kama sio deeper. I am a Meru
[11:30, 10/10/2018] Tony Mwebia: I agree it’s a cultural issue. But research shows it has no medical benefits whatsoever. I believe for this reason we should abandon it. Remember our grandparents used to pierce their ears and pull them? Si tuliwacha hiyo.
[11:33, 10/10/2018] Tony Mwebia: Culture is beautiful and valuable! It should be guarded jealously. This I agree but harmful cultural practices have no place in the 21st century. This is the only reason as to why I preach against it
[11:40, 10/10/2018] Youth: Its harmful only when done in the kienyeji..it has no medical complications but cultural wise it has strong effects if not practiced
[11:57, 10/10/2018] Tony Mwebia: My friend whether done by a doctor or a nurse, the effects are the same. It is like telling me if you lose your leg as long as it’s a doctor who has cut it or its done properly then there is no harm
[11:59, 10/10/2018] Tony Mwebia: Make me understand though these cultural effects?
[12:42, 10/10/2018] Youth: Effect depends on the wrath your ancestors will give you; to those I have interacted with here are some:
1: complications during birth
2: cervix cancer (believe it or not..after the cut she didn’t go for any more chemo)
3: giving birth to abnormal children
others can’t say it here (cia mucii tí como)
you may tend to say that we are living in the 21st century, so this is hogwash and ancient but time will tell.
[15:35, 10/10/2018] Tony Mwebia: But these are just myths.
[15:36, 10/10/2018] Tony Mwebia: This is why I said you can’t allow your grandma to school you bro. Did you do biology in High school
[17:28, 10/10/2018] Youth: The myth concept was brought by the whites. It’s our culture! All those whom have undergone the cut are well with zero complications. what’s your stand against it?
As a council; We are not going back to the culture blindly…like i know fgm is fought in the rift communities to end early marriages. For us we aren’t interfering with one’s life…In fact; AM taking two UNIVERSITY GIRLS for the cut this weekend. One of them studying medicine leave alone high school biology knowledge. Am glad our people are getting back to their roots as well embracing modernity where necessary
[08:49, 10/12/2018] Tony Mwebia: Mambo mkubwa
[08:49, 10/12/2018] Tony Mwebia: Waendelea aje
[20:42, 10/13/2018] Youth: Nko poa..
There is a difference between mutilation and circumcision!!.. we circumcise our girl not mutilate. Thank you
[09:05, 10/22/2018] Tony Mwebia: The difference is the same
[09:05, 10/22/2018] Tony Mwebia: How have you been lakini
[13:14, 10/22/2018] Youth: have been good..kusukuma wasichana wapate rweji tu
[13:15, 10/22/2018] Tony Mwebia: So umekeketa wangapi so far
[13:15, 10/22/2018] Youth: Over 100
[13:17, 10/22/2018] Tony Mwebia: Ha ha ha .. Uongo
[13:17, 10/22/2018] Tony Mwebia: Wapi Picha .. Ama evidence
[13:19, 10/22/2018] Youth: Picha hakuna…huamini
[13:22, 10/22/2018] Tony Mwebia: Siamini
[11:44, 11/16/2018] Tony Mwebia: Mambo boss
[12:36, 11/16/2018] Youth: Fiti fiti sana
[12:38, 11/16/2018] Tony Mwebia: Waendelea aje
[12:40, 11/16/2018] Youth : Naendelea fiti.still preaching of our culture😅
[12:42, 11/16/2018] Tony Mwebia: Ha ha ha.. I was asking for consent to publish some of your Comments on my blog. But I will not reveal your identity
[12:42, 11/16/2018] Tony Mwebia: Na Kwa social media pia
[12:45, 11/16/2018] Youth : Its fine
[13:15, 11/16/2018] Tony Mwebia: Perfect
To my fellow Kikuyu friends is this really happening? Have you heard about it! Let’s talk,this sounds pretty serious!!!