Ibrahim Onami: In America, KFC Is For ‘Chokoras’ And Broke People

Kentucky Fried Chicken, popularly known as KFC, has firmly entrenched itself as a leading fast-food chain within Kenya, having maintained a presence in the country for numerous years.

Originally conceptualized by Colonel Harland Sanders in Kentucky, United States, KFC boasts a storied legacy, tracing its humble beginnings to serving its iconic fried chicken from modest roadside establishments.

Renowned globally for its distinct blend of herbs and spices, KFC has cultivated a unique flavor profile that has garnered a sizable and loyal customer base.

The trajectory of this fast-food behemoth is characterized by its trailblazing endeavors as one of the pioneering American fast-food brands to venture into international markets.

By the mid-1960s, KFC had not only solidified its presence in its country of origin but had also expanded its footprint into countries such as Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico, and Jamaica.

This global expansion has effectively positioned the brand as an emblem of American fast-food culture on the international stage.

Nevertheless, recent commentary from Kenyan content creator Ibrahim Onami, currently based in the United States, offers a different perspective on the reception of KFC in Kenya.

In a lighthearted YouTube video, Onami amusingly dismissed the notion of patronizing the popular restaurant during his recent visit to Kenya, juxtaposing the perception of KFC between Kenya and the United States.

According to Onami, “In America, KFC is for poor people; it is meant for the homeless or the broke. Or in Kenya, you can call them chokosh.”

To substantiate his claims, Onami documented a visit to a KFC outlet during his time in the U.S. As he asserted, the restaurant appeared notably deserted, with scarcely any customers present and the parking lot nearly vacant, accommodating only two cars.

“You can see there are no customers, and the parking lot is almost unoccupied,” he remarked.

Putting his assertions to the test, Onami proceeded to order a chicken sandwich accompanied by French fries, with the bill amounting to a mere 8 dollars.

In another video segment, Onami shed light on the harsh realities faced by homeless individuals in Minneapolis during the winter season.

Capturing poignant scenes of small tents blanketed in snow, he engaged in dialogue with a woman named Alexa, who articulated urgent needs for improved shelter, sustenance, and a sleeping bag.

Demonstrating empathy amidst trying circumstances, Onami took the initiative to provide her with coffee and doughnuts from a nearby eatery, pledging to secure a sleeping bag for her.