Monday, May 18, 2020 – Ukrainian athlete Olga Lyakhova is on the receiving end from Kenyans an on twitter after her post about her experience training in Iten went awfully wrong.
The 2019 European Championships 800m bronze medalist, took to twitter to share her experience in Iten where she’s been training but her attempt to describe the quiet life in Eldoret backfired spectacularly.
“Life in Kenya is moving slow, it’s not metropolis where people don’t have time to raise their head to look at the sky.”
“In Kenya, it’s own charm, it’s own charm.”
“Kenyans never rush anywhere.”
“They even say I’ll come at 2.00 but African means maybe an hour or more late.”
“This really makes me angry. Can’t you do everything on time.”
“But they live like that and that’s their feature.”
She went on:
“There is the same price for products everywhere in the market, there is no price for products.”
“You can live here, even for little money.”
“Local products are cheap, but the meat is expensive.”
“Life in Kenya is like getting into the past, 20 years.”
“But civilization will come here.”
This did not go down well with a section of Kenyans who called out for the condescending attitude.
A tweep by the name @Mumbimaingi wrote:
“Western standards /living are not the benchmark of civilization. Kindly educate yourself.”
She moved quickly to defend herself stating that her post had been misunderstood following a misinterpretation by Google Translator and asked Kenyans to pardon her.
“I want to ask Kenyans to forgive me because what I wrote in Russian meant that Kenya has good time for socialising compared to European countries where even small children are busy in their gadgets. I love Kenya and I will always be coming here to train for various competitions,” she said.
“I wrote the message in Russian but Google translated it to mean something different from what I had intended. Iten is a good place to stay and train and why should I even think of badmouthing this place.”
The Kenyan DAILY POST.