kenya01Ukarimu is Kiswahili for hospitality, generosity of spirit, welcoming. In recent years Ukarimu has become popular as a name. One of the more popular boy's names is the Swahili word for 'Blessing' - Baraka.

The tradition of the African narrative, and Kiswahili-speaking Tanzania and Kenya, is the 'we' form. 'We did this, then we did that…' 'We' is alo emphasised in traditional storytelling. 'And what do you think we did then? And then what did we do?'

The African family background of US President, Barack Obama is native Luo, Eastern Kenya. In Luo they do not say 'Yes, I can.' They say, Yes, we can.'

Some proverbs and aphorisms from this part of the world, include:

However much it rains on you, no wild banana tree will grow on your head.

Even the small leopard is called leopard.

Do not follow a person who is running away.

A baboon laughs at the buttocks of another baboon.

He who is unable to dance says the yard is stony.

He who does not know one thing knows another.

You don't teach a grown up monkey to climb a tree.

The strength of a hero does not centre on his buttocks.

Of five fingers, which is the best?

It is the grass that suffers when elephants fight.

(And Oprah Winfrey's oft-quoted favourite): 'It takes a village to raise a child.'