Why Kenyans In London Love ‘Uncle Bob Mugabe’ And Wish Him A Long Life

Zimbabweans protest on The Strand - and get in the way of Kenyans' beer and ugali.

Zimbabweans protest on The Strand – and get in the way of Kenyans’ beer and ugali.

I just had a very interesting thought:  One of the favourite drinking spots for Kenyan boys working in the City of London (or the “City”) is Zimbabwe House, no. 429 The Strand.

But we just call it “Uncle Bob’s”. The beer is cheap (at least 50% cheaper than in the High Street pubs) and there is Sadza (Sadza in Shonaisitshwala in isiNdebelepap in South Africa, or nsima in the Chichewa language of Malawi, Ugali in East Africa, says Wikipedia). It is a cooked cornmeal that is the staple food in Zimbabwe and other parts of southern and eastern Africa. This food is cooked widely in other countries of the region.

The Sadza at “Uncle Bob’s” is served with pork chops, ox tail and “matumbo” (offals).

So no surprises when you hear Uncle Bob is very popular in the City. Long live Bob.


This short note was sent to me by my worthy friend David (full name withheld) in the spirit of the Merry Season. I thought it would make for one of the winningest and pithiest blogs ever.

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