Oscar Daudi is a 13-year-old boy of Swedish descent who has learned to not only adapt to a completely new environment but also embody the culture and lifestyle of the community he lives amongst.
After landing in Tanzania at a tender age of 8, he had to undergo assimilation into the famous Maasai culture by learning how to hunt, herd hundred if not thousands of cattle as well as speak their language.
Speaking to Global Publishers while donning Maasai attire, the elated chap narrates how he had to learn to speak two foreign languages; Swahili and Maasai.
He left Sweden at the age of 8 along with his mother and decided to settle in one of Tanzania’s Maasai-dominated rural parts and now speaks fluent Swahili and Maasai.
Oscar says he doesn’t like wearing trousers or regular clothing and rarely walks around without his club (rungu). He wears Maasai leso and his neck is decorated in flashy Maasai ornaments.
“I do not like wearing trousers because they make it hard for me to watch over our cattle. I can easily face off with wild animals and I have once gone head to head with a 20-year-old man. I am a Maasai,” he declared.
How He Learned Maasai and Swahili
When asked how he managed to learn two foreign languages at a go, the young boy said he did so by listening.
“No one taught me. I just used to listen to people talk then I learned how to speak fluent Maasai and Swahili,” he added.
His adoptive dad Daudi who works as a guard could not hide his pride and praised Oscar for fitting in so well despite coming from a different country and culture.
“I am so proud of my son. Everyone in our community considers him as one of us and my peers refer to him as the Maasai boy,” Daudi gushed.