Shindishindu: Boni Khalwale welcomes grandson, gives him hilarious name

  • Boni Khalwale announced that his son Tigana and wife Valery had been blessed with a baby boy
  • The former Kakamega senator could not hide his joy in adding a grandson to his pool of grandschildren
  • Khalwale a vocal politician, lover of bullfighting said the baby had been named Austin Shindishindu Khalwale
  • The name stirred the internet with Kenyans online debating on its different aspects like pronunciation and meaning
  • Shindishindu, a Luhya phrase, can be loosely translated to “another one” or something else basing on the context

Former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale is a happy man after adding a grandson to his pool of grandchildren.

Adorable Austin Shindishindu Khalwale the son of former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale’s son Tigana and wife Valery. Photo: Boni Khalwale/Facebook.


Khalwale who before ascending to be a senator served as Ikolomani MP has publicly declared his polygamous status and in many occasions celebrated his children who sit for national exams.

On Monday, November 10, however, Khalwale a lover of the bullfighting tradition of the Isukha and Idakhos had an important addition to his family, this time not a child but his child’s child.

The politician announced through his social media pages announced that his son Tigana and the wife Valery had been blessed by a baby boy.

This meant, Khalwale had added to the number of his grandchildren.

Blessing of grandson

“Amazing grace! Today my family hosts my son, Tigana Khalwale and his wife Valery to very special thanksgiving prayers in celebration of last night’s birth of my grandson, Austin Shindishindu Khalwale,” he posted on Facebook.

Khalwale thanked God and a doctor known as Professor Wanjala for enabling his daughter-in-law successfully deliver a grandchild.

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Boni Khalwale thanked God for granting him a grandson. Photo: Mpasho.

Many Kenyans online congratulated Khalwale but marveled at the choice of the second name Khalwale had given his grandsson.

Naming of grandchild

The name Shindishindu, Khalwale’s common political phrase in Luhya which means “another one” or “something else” basing on the context was the centre of discussion online.

Here are some of the comments Kenyans made:

Many said they were unable to pronounce the name equating it to a tongue twister.

Others who comprehend the Luhya dialect said the name was demeaning while others said the name was bold and good if perceived from the right context.

Lost first wife to cancer

 In October 2019, Khalwale lost his first wife Adelaide Khalwale who succumbed to cancer.

Adelaide who used to work as a secretary at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) passed on while undergoing treatment at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) in Eldoret.

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