Nostalgia over the sunset
On Friday Morning there was a feeling of anticipation and excitement as we made final preparations for the very first Wazua get together: 'Mbuzi za Skenge' . Thankfully, we had received an adequate number of confirmations as our instructions were to cancel the event if only 15 people or less confirmed. The agenda, delicacies menu and designs of the tokens were scrutinized and changed a few times. Clearly, our team wanted everything to be perfect!
On behalf of Wazua, I reached Pizza Garden at around 11.00am on Sat 09th January. The section reserved for Wazua was already draped in the Wazua colors: green, black and white. There were 12 tables with 4 chairs each as we were expecting about 50 people. Njoki the banquets co-coordinator was really helpful in ensuring our specifications were met.
By 3:15pm the first guest had arrived – the son of a Sultan in Sudan with his guest. Slowly more people started trickling in. Welcome drinks were served promptly and by 4:00pm the mixed grill platters were brought to the tables. Our Master of Ceremony for the day Ted Muganda together with a facilitator then led the audience through introductions. The over fifty attendees were divided into four tables named Circles, Squares, Triangles and Squiggles based on their personality profiles.
Ted then proceeded to give an informative talk on how Mbuzis were eaten over the centuries and where they fit in our African culture. And then the debate of the day began: If you had 10 million shillings, would you invest in Bonds, House, or Business? And the hours clicked by with laughter, chatter, merriment as people expressed their different opinions on matters to do with wealth. Adjudicators from the community awarded the tokens to the winning tables Circles, who made the most convincing arguments that bonds were the safest bet. As per feedback, the debate was one of the most enjoyable parts of the evening.
Media was also present to capture the event and partake in the community whilst respecting our members' privacy. Our tally shows approximately 60 people attended. People begun leaving at around 8.00pm others choosing to remain behind and socialize (etcetra details withheld). All in all it was a very lovely experience. Guests included Business people, Accountants, Government, NGO employees, Bankers and many other people interested in wealth creation.
We are definitely looking forward to the next Mbuzi Choma!