I know you might have seen this word on a sticker in a matatu or bus, zusha is Swahili for yell, shout, put your foot down, and demand… you go ahead and find the other synonyms. Kataa is on google translate, that is your homework if you do not know,
but do not google translate zusha, it lies on that one. As I have found out good does not necessarily set precedence to good, but be sure as hell that bad will always set precedence to bad. This is what I mean, if you let someone do something bad to you the first time, you are more or less giving them the permission to continue doing bad things to you, so if you want peace of mind you ‘nip bad things on the bud’ like my boss says you have to kill the first excuse once see it and anticipate other excuses that might follow and kill them before they even come out… Here goes my three minutes of activism; situations that call you to zusha:-
i. A driver decides he needs to get you home, to work or whatever destination you are going faster than you need to, tell him to go slow, kataa hio zusha!
ii. Someone insists on a gentleman’s agreement where it involves your money, demand for documentation and receipts, kataa hio, zusha!
iii. You order fish and the waiter brings you chicken instead, because fish is finished (I can’t translate better than that!), kataa hio, zusha!
iv. Because of your good nature someone decides you are a pushover, kataa hio zusha!
v. You are used to a certain degree of service (could be at your barber or salon, restaurant, name it) and you feel that this one time you are getting a raw deal, kataa hio, zusha!
vi. You go to a shop, mall supermarket, pub, bus or anywhere and you are spending your hard-earned shilling and someone behaves like they are doing you a favour, or rather it’s like your money is nothing and it wouldn’t affect their bottom-line, for heaven sake vote with your feet, kataa hio, zusha!
vii. You feel your boss is not living up to the expected standards, kataa hio, zusha! even go ahead and peel back masks…
viii. You feel some backward rules are being shoved down your throat and you want to wear better skirts, kataa hio, zusha!
ix. You are stuck in a relationship that is going nowhere, kataa hio, zusha!
This list is not even near exhaustive, so I will let you amplify it…