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Kwaheri and Asante to the Family Chef

After nine years of keeping the Angama Mara family full, and nearly 40 thousand kilograms of flour later, we say goodbye to canteen chef Musa Jacob Ezekiel
Above: Musa minutes after cracking a joke in the canteen

‘Chef, I’ve done enough. I want to go home.’
Musa Ezekiel is the first person at Angama who has retired from work and gone straight home without doing another job. He’s retiring, going to his family, and enjoying life. Right away, when he told me that he wanted to leave, we sat down with him, guided him, and showed him what retirement would mean.

When he first started at Angama nine years ago, he got a nice, good-quality knife. He said that over the years, he would be coming and going and he would never leave the knife behind. So he had to make a sheath for it like a Maasai’s traditional blade called an enkalem and he carried it with him always. So, of course, he had to take that Angama knife with him into retirement.

A service certificate presented by representatives of every department

We did a party for him where we gave him a service certificate from each and every department. You see, he served the whole Angama Mara family. At his party, every Head of Department gave a speech because, without him and John Munyenye (his fellow canteen chef), none of their teams would be able to work. Every department contributed to a retirement fund as an appreciation and so many people gave him money to say thank you.

Musa's family help him cut the cake lovingly baked by Kina, Angama Mara's pastry chef
Ken Mambo, Angama Mara's General Manager, gives a speech with Chef Evans at his side

It’s a big, big job that he has done for us, for our team. He would always make sure that everybody was fed, especially in Peak Season, he always went out of his way to make sure everybody ate — even making food specially for those people who missed their meal because they were working. Every day for seven years, he and John cooked more than three meals for up to 120 people. We order 14kg of flour per day to make ugali so you can imagine over nine years how much ugali Musa has made.

John is Musa’s best friend and he gave a speech at the party. John was over-grieved when speaking, he was so sad to have his friend and colleague leaving him. I will translate what John has said about his friendship with Musa from Maa to English:

John stands with his other friends, Albert and John
John isn't alone, with John, Albert, Moses and Francis to help him

When we were young, our lives would meet on and off very unexpected. First we went to primary school together and when I left that school, Musa stayed. Later, we met during warriorhood and after eight years of being warriors together we graduated into junior elders for the community.

We had to separate then because we were all looking for a job, we were about 34 years old. I started working as a canteen chef for Olkurruk when it started. When I was working there, Musa worked at lodges in the Mara not too far and we would meet up on our off days. When Angama started, we met each other again. Musa had come first and when I came, I was amazed to find my friend there.

Ugali made by the greatest of friends; Musa and John

Musa has always been a great friend to me, actually I love him. After all those years working together, we have mostly just been cracking jokes. Since childhood, we have never fought. We have been in this canteen for seven years just me and him and I’m going to miss him.

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About: Evans Ondara

Evans is Head Chef at Angama Mara and can whip up anything your heart (or stomach) desires. If he was making something for himself, it would be ugali and sukuma wiki but when he's at home, it's nyama choma, chapattis and salads for the family. His mother taught him to cook and now he loves cooking with his two daughters and two sons. They're also fond of mountain bike riding, which really helps work up an appetite.

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