“Sheng” The Nairobian Language.

Have you ever walked in a middle of a conversation and you find yourself blank. The language in use may not be familiar. Well this has turned out to be for most people who have not familiarized themselves with Nairobian “Sheng”.

Living in Nairobi should be inclusive in one’s CV. It’s a special skill in it’s own. As Varcity, today we decided to highlight some of the sheng words. The words keeps changing with time.

 

SHENG WORDS

ODUKO- SHOP

sogi/NDAUO- WATCHMAN

FERARI- FARE

SWARA- BAD LUCK

BERWA/RUABE- Soo Mbili

DIWOWO/WODE- WATER

NGEDE- PETROL

BAMBuKA- ALIGHTING

CHIMAMA-GIRLFRIEND

MBETEKA- RUGBY MATCH

tei/ngwai- Alcohol

Laz’e – Weed

KDF – Muguka

Ma-red Rose- Beautiful girls

Njui – Fifty Bob

Kuteveva – Being scared

Niko wire – I am broke

Godha – Steal

 

Bombee – Rich Person

Nyambisha – Fire a gun

Omre – Good friend

Seng’eng’a – Day dreaming

Thofo – Fat woman

Yeda – Wing man

Gondo – Pregnant

Mkoro or  Monsai – Mum

Mzengazwang – A man or

a boy

Mboi – Counterfeit

Kujaa Gas – Getting angry

Gwara – To fail

Kuwa mfuko – Being rich

Kukuwa Liquid – Having     money

Maweng’ – Money

Cheza kama wewe –     Make it happen or make

it count

Badest- Bad guy

Cheza chini – Ignore or avoid

Mnonyi – Liquor

Hustle – Buzz

As you purpose to rub shoulders with Nairobian’s in their busy streets expect to hear new slangs protruding from their mouths. Learn so fast or else they will say, “Uko na Ushake,” to proclaim your naivety.

Different touts in the Kenyan Capital have also thronged Matatu passengers with new slangs day in , day out. Be on the know or else you might find it hard to adjust to the City Life.

What are some of the sheng words, have you come across as a city dweller?

 

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