​Latest Sheng Words And Their Meanings

01 Jun

Sheng has baffled many outsiders due to its dynamic nature. Every generation comes up with new words and phrases that render those of yesterday irrelevant. If you move out of Eastlands, Nairobi, say for 2 years or so, believe you me when you come back the language will have changed to an extent you’ll have a hard time keeping up with conversations.

Earlier linguistic scholars predicted a premature death for the tongue, but it has defied the test of time. Growing to become the unofficial lingo of Kenyan ghettoes. Scholars have written numerous papers about it, yet, they haven’t been able to state with finality whether it is vernacular, pidgin, creole, standard, classical, or lingua franca. 

Conversions in Facebook pages where cops, going by the monikers Hessy wa Kayole, Hessy wa Dandora etc, have taken the war against crime (precipitated by the likes of Gaza and Mauki crime families) in Eastlando have many bewildered. And that is the basis of sheng, to keep those who don’t understand the language out of the convos in Kayole Crime Free, Dandora Crime Free, Dandora Love People, Eastlando Crime Free, Kayole My Kingdom: Together We Can Make It A Safe Place. Here are latest sheng words you are likely to encounter in the groups and their definitions.

Arif – friend

Banka – Crib/House

Bitson – Beating

Bronchez/breathe – brother

Chuom – Alley

Father/fathela – father

Gafe – Cigarette

Gendi – Matatu

Gwangi/Stepa/Dingo – Gangster

Hasapa – Here

Jaba – Khat

Kushandwa – To get shot

Lamba lolo – Lick lollipop, have oral sex

Mambang’a/Mavedi – Cops

Mathe/mukuru/mokoro – mother

Maunenge/Kinenge – Hunger pangs

Mauru – Bad boy/girl

Maweng – Money

Mbekse – Two

Mble/Mbleina/Fafude – Fool

Mbogi – Group/Crew

Mbulu – T.V.

Mitiech – Hoods

Mjulubeng – Manhood

Moshatha – Upcountry

Ndeng’a/Chrome/Itoka – Gun

Nganya – Matatu

Ngiavati – Chapati

Ngono – Cart

Nguna – chic/girl

Ngwai – Weed/marijuana

Nyai/Pona – Steal 

Nyuria – Die

Palito – radio

Pinchi – Pick pocket

Pori – Wallet/Pocket

Rada – Understand/be alert

Riba – story

Ridhe – Bullet

Rombosa – Dance

Shandwa – Get shot

Sistare/mtasis – sister

Tenje – Phone/radio

Tonje – Laptop

Tutu – Coward

Read more new sheng words and their meanings
P.S: Note that sheng differs slightly from hood to hood. 

Feel free to add more that I haven’t included or offer correction where wrong.


Posted by on June 1, 2017 in Lifestyle, Tips & Tricks


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39 responses to “​Latest Sheng Words And Their Meanings

  1. Vivian

    June 1, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    am so poor in sheng, I can hardly sustain a conversation in that damn language. thank you for the insight. at least if I hear people talking of “ridhe” or “shandwa” I have an idea how to behave.


    • eduzmi

      June 2, 2017 at 12:57 pm

      You’re welcome. No one can say they’re perfect in sheng because of it’s dynamism. The only people who can boast of proficiency are those in the heart of Eastlando to whom it’s a primary language.


      • kim

        September 19, 2017 at 10:32 pm

        where is the heart of eastlando


  2. eduzmi

    September 20, 2017 at 2:16 am

    Hard to say, Dandora maybe?


  3. Snoozie

    October 14, 2017 at 12:54 am

    What does Lamba Lolo mean?


    • eduzmi

      October 14, 2017 at 7:30 am

      It literally translates to lick lollipop. The implied meaning is vulgar; giving head


  4. Roy Oliver

    October 23, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Impressive sheng lugha ya baba na mama..

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Brendar

    December 12, 2017 at 6:21 am

    Yo lolo inamaanisha?


    • eduzmi

      December 12, 2017 at 6:58 am

      Literal meaning ni lollipop. Hidden meaning ni nyap ama mjulubeng


  6. Nandez

    February 12, 2018 at 2:58 am

    Mi ndio mode ingieni daro n wafunze


    • eduzmi

      February 12, 2018 at 5:28 am

      Hello Nandez, feel free to add any that are not on the list. Will appreciate that. Thanks


  7. Peter

    March 6, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    Tea is not ‘Ngwai’. Ngwai means weed or in other terms ‘vela’. Tea is known as ‘Ngia’


    • eduzmi

      March 6, 2018 at 7:50 pm

      Noted, thanks for your input


  8. kapirate

    March 10, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    Spelling ni:
    mban’ga (one cop)
    mamban’ga (many)


    • eduzmi

      March 10, 2018 at 9:52 pm

      Thanks for your input kapirate


      • sammy ongoro

        March 16, 2018 at 1:37 pm

        the spelling is pinji and not pinchii..
        alfu bado kuna koto meaning breaking into someone´s. house.

        Liked by 1 person

      • eduzmi

        March 16, 2018 at 10:56 pm



  9. mc colosa

    March 19, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    banju– dance
    nga’nda— enda
    ndai gari


  10. Zecky

    March 23, 2018 at 6:10 am

    Waaah, nayo nganya ni nini?


    • eduzmi

      March 31, 2018 at 9:15 am



      • John Sila Mc

        June 21, 2018 at 4:38 pm

        Na salasa ni nini


      • Edwin Nyakang'i

        June 21, 2018 at 5:20 pm

        Thirty bob


  11. Rob Otoyo

    March 28, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    Video and Chat in Sheng


  12. Kevin

    April 6, 2018 at 6:50 am

    Thought tenje was radio. E. G naskiza tenje


    • eduzmi

      April 6, 2018 at 7:10 am

      Hello Kevin,
      Tenje sure means radio in old school sheng. It now means mobile phone


      • Mike Lang

        April 7, 2018 at 3:31 pm

        palito also means radio…

        Liked by 1 person

      • eduzmi

        April 7, 2018 at 5:19 pm

        Thanks for your submissions Mike


  13. Clement

    May 11, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    izo n Kali yangu sheng no tobela lolo


  14. mwas dudu mbaya

    May 18, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    ahh manze hizo zinaokolea…mbulu##t.v


  15. jay killer

    July 23, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    kreki -kuwa mud


  16. jay killer

    July 23, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    shen’ni lugha fiti bro! kaa unajuwa kubanja iyo lugha give thank 2 jah mwenye amekublase na lugha wogwan


  17. jay killer

    July 23, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    mtaa yetu mah! bwois bado ni waga den bado waje eva kwa kubanja shen’ ata ubonge aje washii kaa nishi mita mi nita do aje jameni


  18. jay killer

    July 23, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    2040 shen’ndo itakuwa lugha ya taifa so e’ nafa who g’ funze kubonga shen’


  19. Cutie

    August 18, 2018 at 11:35 am

    Iyo sheng’ ngori… kuna sanse inamaanisha police

    Liked by 1 person

  20. jay killer

    August 29, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    gendi -mata2-dzuo-shule

    Liked by 1 person


    February 19, 2020 at 1:56 pm

    Oyah majamaa 2achane na madem mauru wazeya

    Liked by 1 person


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