Kenyan in and around Cape Town

Meet Aunty Rebecca


Remember growing up and your house-help was “aunty” and everyone else who was the age of your older sisters or your mother was “Aunty”? Turns out this is not a uniquely Kenyan affair. In Mzansi, Older ladies are either “aunty” or “Ma” … I suppose its respectful and its the ‘African’ way to honor some of those that serve us in ways that might easily pass for “inconsequential”.

We have one such “Aunty” at the office and everyday for the last few years she has served us tea without fail. Her only complain has been that we don’t take our cups down to the kitchen if we take longer than the 20 or so minutes she gives us before coming round to collect the cups, hence the now famous “NO CUP NO TEA” Aunty rule. If your cup is not downstairs by tea time tomorrow, then no tea for you tomorrow.

Dear world, give it up for Aunty Rebeccaaaaa!!!

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2 responses

  1. Agnes

    Hats off for ‘Aunty’ Rebecca! I still refer to the helpers I come across as ‘Aunty’, not because it’s convenient but because I think it shows respect and appreciation for them.

    April 14, 2011 at 17:45

  2. mitch

    atleast I never called any of them aunty hehehehe

    April 14, 2011 at 14:10

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