Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa has excited netizens after remarks that there are no more Nangilas and Wangilas in his constituency.
The outspoken legislator said the improvement in the health sector courtesy of the collaboration between the national government and the Bungoma county government has greatly changed the naming of children.
According to Barasa, the availability of ambulances and well-equipped maternity facilities has saved women the agony of delivering by the roadside.
Ever since the introduction of Ambulance in kimilili, no more names like Nangila and wangila as a result of mothers delivering along the road.The emergency response has been and continues to be of great imperative to our people. @BungomaDigital#KimilililiPeopleFirst
— Hon Didmus Barasa, MP Kimilili (@DidmusWaBarasa) May 30, 2020
Just like every other African society, the Luhya community sometimes named their newborns according to ti the circumstances surrounding their birth.
Traditionally, most births took place at home, with assistance from co-wives or the mother in law.
However, some children were born by the roadside as the mother was on a journey, in which case the baby would be named Nangila for a female and Wangila for a male.