Kenyans respond to Mark Zuckerberg’s “Ugali & Tilapia’ photo with hilarious comments


Mark Zuckerberg is in Nairobi. And as the saying goes, ‘when you are in Rome, do as the Romans.” For Mark, founder of social media platform Facebook, being like the proverbial Roman entailed eating lunch at a local food.

Still like the Roman, Mark found it wise to share a photo of himself delving into the meal with his host(s), on the platform he owns-Facebook.  He went further and noted:

“I had lunch in Nairobi with Joseph Mucheru, the Kenyan Cabinet Secretary of Information and Communications. We talked about internet access and his ambitious plans for connecting everyone in Kenya.

We ate at MAMA Oliech Restaurant. -a local place everyone recommended. One of my favorite parts of traveling to a new country is trying the food. I enjoyed ugali and a whole fried tilapia for the first time and loved them both!”

The above post has elicited tens of thousands of flowery comments from Kenyans; creativity being the denominator of the feedback Mark Zuckerberg got.

Here are some of the comments:

Mubea Murithi: Before you leave ask for the trade minister and ask him to introduce you to Kenya’s next big cash crop and dessert. It’s called Mogoka, thank me later.

Kimani Machari Simon: Please pass by Sidai Oleng along Kiambu road and enjoy what I call Mūgūnda! A mixture of all you can get in a farm on one plate. Eggs, nduma, ngwaci, mucere, terere, mutungo, kabici, nguku, mburi, ngombe

Lydiah Claudiah: Ozuckerberg is now your Luo name after eating that fish!!!

Washington Osiro: Mark, your cultural attunement is beyond reproach. You are eating a favorite – kuon/ugali and ngege mochiel – corn meal made into a dough and fried tilapia. On the side is sauteed collard greens or “sukuma wiki” and kachumbari; the latter the Kenyan cousin of Salsa. Rock on Mark! Rock On!!”

Wendy Gacheri: Yet we have foreigners who’ve been in Kenya for years but only eat ArtCafe food because they don’t trust our local food. Borrow a leaf from this great, humble man.

Mcben GB Muriithi:  Try this “mathigothanio” too ….you will fall in love with the chef


Obila Jnr Billy: It was like obvious he must try and love fish first before the likes of mokimo hahah , Luo diet, that was even blessed by Jesus. We are Global na haturingi. Karibu Kenya. Hakuna Matata

Stiffler Odhiambo: Btw now that you are in Kenya, please can you tell Kenyans that if they don’t type ‘Amen’ on Facebook they won’t die

Harkeem Olamiposi Oloyede: I’m quite Sure MAMA Oliech Restaurant will be verified on facebook and instagram now that Mark has made a Salivating comment about the place. #JustSaying