I live in Newport, Kentucky, just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, Ohio. If I needed just one reminder of the reach of American consumerism and fast food mania, I don’t think I could have dreamed up the image I saw in Nairobi last week.
At one on the many roundabouts in the city, there it was, a segue, one of those silly two wheeled gadgets, never destined as a means of serious transportation, the toys of policemen and marketers, decorated with the logo of KFC: KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN. A man in a KFC T-shirt advertising Free Delivery with flyers to hand out to those patiently waiting their turn at the roundabout, where not much goes around, rode the awkward machine awkwardly.
Attached to the front of the machine was a large KFC bucket with styrofoam chicken wings hanging over the edge.
No one was taking the flyers. I was not the only one staring in horror.