When you are a visitor in my tribe of Karimojong, the food you are served may sometimes speak volumes. To be clear, it’s never the host’s intention if this is the case.
- Chicken or meat (especially goat’s meat) served with a choice of rice, matoke (mashed green bananas), potatoes, sweet potatoes, or yam etc. translates as; we haven’t seen you in a while and we are very pleased to see you.
- Beans served with either rice or posho also known as ugali (solid cornmeal) says – you are a regular visitor whose presence is always appreciated and you are one of us. But it could also dryly mean that you are probably not worth the trouble.
- Posho/ugali served with greens simply means that, it’s all we have got and cannot afford anything else. Regardless, please join us for lunch/dinner.
The first visitor also gets a choice of either beer, soda, bottled water, milky tea, or a combination of all these beverages if he or she is up for it.
The second visitor gets a glass of water or a cup of tea, and the third visitor gets either a glass of water or a cup of black tea.
Please don’t hesitate to visit and remember, it’s never the host’s intention to be this blatant, it’s just what it is.