President Uhuru Kenyatta adopted a new accent, which online users believe is American, when he was hosted by U.S. Head of State, Donald Trump, at the White House on Monday, August 27.
After a brief meeting and series of photo sessions, President Trump asked his Kenyan counterpart if he had something he wanted to tell journalists, who had been accredited to cover their meeting.
Of course, President Kenyatta said he had one or two remarks to make.
“Let me take this opportunity to thank the President and the First Lady for welcoming us here to the White House. As President Trump has said, Kenya and the United States have had strong, solid relationships ever since our independence. We are here to renew that partnership; we are here to strengthen it…”
“So, I’m really looking forward to this discussion and also looking forward to seeing how we take this relationship to the next level for the mutual benefit of our two countries,” said President Kenyatta.
A powerful statement by the Kenyan leader, many said.
However, what stood out for some – actually, a significant section of online users – was President Kenyatta’s accent, when he made that statement.
Some Twitter users argued that American representatives would have had difficulties deciphering what Mr Kenyatta said had he spoken using a “normal” accent, which Kenyans are used to.
Presidents Trump and Kenyatta held bilateral talks on trade, partnerships and security between the two nations.
— DD (@Disembe) August 27, 2018
Hiyo kizungu ya @UKenyatta joo!!!
— CPA Agrippah Odhiambo (@AGRIPPAH2) August 27, 2018
Manze,Uhuru anaturepresent vizuri ,I'm proud of him,hakuna kuchoma picha,hiyo kizungu imeweza #UhuruMeetsTrump
— Josh (@JoshOriginal11) August 27, 2018
That's my president…rusungu👌
— GladysHope (@GladysHope6) August 28, 2018
Great confidence mr President
— john mburu (@muirurijmburu) August 27, 2018
What he did was the right thing. Many Americans have a hard time understanding our Kenyan accent thus the need to speak like them in order to be understood. Having studied in the US, Mr Kenyatta knew this in advance.
— David Warutere (@davewarutere) August 27, 2018
Now, if only Uhuru can be so articulate and elegant in running Kenya as he does in speaking English !
— Aisha (@SomaliChula) August 28, 2018
Uhuru has a campaign accent, central accent, Kenyanese accent and the one he talks to western world leaders with.
— Kimanzi®™ (@Kimanzi_) August 28, 2018