#TokosaFoodFestival 6 Things You Missed

#TokosaFoodFestival 6 Things You Missed

Lets get it clear,  I don’t attend a lot of events. No weddings. No funerals. No Baptisms. No introductions. No engagements. I used to think it was a countercultural rebellion to my parents. I have come to understand it as never being any such fancy thing. I get bored easily.

Anyways, I end up attending this much talked about socialite thing called the Tokosa Food Festival. Third event happening in as many years. Having never been to one, I was obviously watching with “new eyes”. New eyes = the sense of wonder you have when you have just arrived from the village  into town; also described as the realization of how the other half lives; also commonly called “Maalo” in Ugandan speak

But if you didn’t make it to this Year’s Tokosa event this is what you missed, or didn’t. See the highlight reel here.

  1. THE FATHERS’ COOK OFF

Obviously I was going to start with this because I participated in it. There were 4 of us. I was hopelessly under qualified and over confident. Which is why I probably was ranked last by the judges! But to be fair, they asked us to cook a kid’s breakfast and I only learnt his halfway through the 20 minutes!

Now, I grew up in the village and kids there don’t have breakfast. They just eat a left over sweet potato and a melamine cup of water and the day begins. So I knew I was in hot soup. But I knew we (me and my ego) were well and truly cooked when the eponymous Gonahasa (the one who cooks, not the talker) showed up.

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Egg fried frankfurter sausage on a baguette with fresh tomatoes

20 minutes and all I could come up with was a starch heavy African child breakfast. But you should have seen me stunting! Banange! like I knew I had this in the bag. But as they say about history and victors.

2. ZUMBA DANCE WOMEN

The Zumba women who came close to the end of the event sent the crowd into a a near riot. of course Gerry Opoka who runs Beats and Steps studio was on hand to teach some moves on how all that food people had stuffed themselves with could be worked out of the system.

I don’t get Zumba but when you see those women gyrating, moving to a rhythm from deep inside you have to wonder. Is it these kind of things that give us the stereotype of a sexualized nation? I wonder because you can’t help but ask yourself, if she can do this on the dance floor what about on a 6×6 King size bed with things like school fees, saloon money, side dishes on the line? Either way, you have to see a video to know what it’s really like. Sometimes the movements are slow and almost sensual, the other times it feels like they are trying to relax an itch that cant be reached. So much fun to watch.

You just start losing weight just by watching people exercise that vigorously.

3. THE GAMES

Another highlight of the day’s activities were the games. The kids were so excited it was not even funny. they had sack racing, egg on spoon, obstacle games. There were even games for adults to play. No, not those games.

As usual, Brian Mulondo (he of the mob FOMO) shone through and tons and tons of kids walked away exhausted from a full day of food fun and music.

Although, I must say some parents looked like they brought their kids there to just stuff them with food!

4. THOSE GIRLS DOING “SWALLOW THE CHICKEN”

Of course you can’t have an event hosted by the lady queen Miss Deedan where she doesn’t play a diabolical dirty trick – purely for her own pleasure.

And that is how she tricked some respectable-looking but erstwhile hungry young ladies into trying to eat and finish a 20-piece bucket of KFC chicken. This is similar to trapping you to delicious hot food.

What you really missed was how the ladies were watching Maurice Kirya, King of Mwooyo as if he was “Kyakulya” which means he looked edible, like chicken.

5. ALL THOSE SHADES

There were just simply too many types, colours and styles of shades at this thing.

 

I know I will definitely come to the next Tokosa event. Even if it’s to just spend a day giving to charity which is what the event is about. Part of the proceeds went to Bless A Child foundation which is home for cancer children.

So until next time, stay cool and drink Lite!

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But why am I lying…. It was a festival right? See all these smiles going down!!

 

 

For more images, visit the Kafunda Kreative Tokosa Album or go check out the #Tokosa17 hashtag on Instagram.

Cheers!

6 Things You Can Do With Your Shell Gas Ka-Portable.

6 Things You Can Do With Your Shell Gas Ka-Portable.

(Disclaimer: This isn’t a paid article)

I’m what you call a wanderer. I suffer acute pangs of wanderlust that often take me many places. In my few adventures, I’ve always wanted to build my own travel “go bag” – a kit that is always ready and available to go on any adventure. The go-bag is like your Rambo knife for Navy Seals or like some flour, oil and a hot plate for a Musoga. Go-bags are built with patience. A few weeks ago when we were invited to the Cocktails In The Wild” adventure hosted by Roundbob I decided to pick up an important piece of my Go-bag. A small portable gas thingie from Shell. It was a 2 day excursion but along the way I discovered some fascinating things it can do, or you can do with it- if you have one:

1.It’s Portable:

 

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The Shell Gas Ka-Portable: We got some camping mugs on our way that made drinking hot hot tea quite the adventure in shifting the cup from one hand to another.

Imagine those tiny 3 legged stools everyone has at their parent’s homes but no one pretends to know. Yeah those ones. That’s how nifty it is. Actually when you think of it, it can almost fit anywhere in your boot, on your lap (Someone of you carried girls who weighed 87kgs on the school bus and you’re out here raising your eyebrows? Shame on you)  or your leg space if your boot is packed. Weighing in at only 6kgs its also not heavy considering that you can do a lot with that on a camping trip( ahem, just like those buxom friends).

2.Making Hot Water:

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Hot Water for: tea, cofee, soaking swollen feetafter a hike, frankfurters, a hot bath, your hot water bottle, washing utensils, and ultimatley for pouring on the bear if one decides to Dicaprio you.

Never go camping with people who still live at home with their parents. Why? Because they always want hot water to bathe. In Runyakitara they are called “abatesi” in Luganda they are called people with “e’kyejyo”. Anyway, with the little portable thingie you can quickly heat up showering water in under 15 mins so that you can go back to more important things…

 

3.More Important Things than Hot water:

Yes, more important things like breakfast. Hot tea, spear grass and mint tea. Metallic cups. We came back from our sun sunrise photo run to make breakfast for the hung over people who had been turnt (If you don’t know this word please go find a dictionary) the night before. If you cook with virgin Olive oil, you can make an omelet in 2.5 minutes, scrambled eggs in 3 and French toast in 4 minutes flat. Total feeding time for 30 people = 75 minutes

We’d had an early morning taking pictures of the sun rising over the Lugazi sugar plantation. See below what we caught while there:

 

4. As A Paper Weight for your tent:

If you are caught trying hold down your tent from flying off in the meddle of the forest as the wind blows. Just simply plonk your gas cylinder in your tent and not matter how hard the wind blows your tent will stay put. Also since some of you people weigh only 23kgs because of all the dieting y’all are doing.

5.As A Back Rest:

Also possible to use as a back support if you are seated on the ground and need back support and you don’t want ants climbing all over your shirt and blouse.

 

6.As A Restraint:

As far as parties go there is always bound to be the guy who you need to be restrain, tie to a tree or even downright handcuff. The portable thingie serves well as anyone who can move around with 10kgs handcuffed to their wrist has limited mobility (forget Jason Statham movies where guys can move around cuffed to a car and hurl the car around to hurt enemies). We found our guy

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Justin wasn’t being unruly. We simply need to to prove that handcuffs can work on the gas thingie.  Ignore the furry handcuffs, that had nothing to do with cocktails in the wild

Ultimately, the little thing is light, handy and from now on a companion on any of my road trips. Thinking about it, if you are making a trip to the village, going for a funeral, or you are a regular road trip person it makes sense to get one. Unfortunately because I wasn’t paid for this article you’ll have to go their Facebook and get the price of the thingie but I can tell you that refilling is only UGX 57,000 (USD $16.7)

Are we going on a lot of adventures this year as KoiKoi? The answer is Yes – we have an exciting calendar of journeys to make this year including the much anticipated #KoiKoi North and The #KoiKoi Island Adventure!

Are we going to continue to bring astonishing exciting content from each trip? Yes – As can be seen on the #KoiKoiUG hashtag, we’ll continue partnering with brands to merge strong storytelling with real life situations to make memorable brand stories.

Shall we see Uganda fully and affordably? Yes – because each #KoiKoiUG adventure becomes a fully affordable, bookable trip on the Roundbob website.

Finally, shall we have fun? Well, I can’t answer that but you do know, eating French toast in the wild, now that’s what living is all about. See you on our next adventure.

 

Special Thanks:

Moroots without whom the trip couldn’t have been such an amazing memory, also because she took most of the shots of me. 🙂

David Gonahasa who is building the future right before our eyes at Roundbob

Siima, Gilbert and Rudende  and the whole X FM Crew who brought fire and spirit to the the wild. Those guys are LIT!

The #KoiKoiUG guys who make every adventure one worthy of the name.