​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.
Banka – Crib/House

Bitson – Beating

Chuom – Alley

Gafe – Cigarette

Gendi – Matatu

Gwangi/Stepa/Dingo – Gangster

Hasapa – Here

Kushandwa – Get Shot

Lamba lolo – Lick lollipop, have oral sex

Mabanga/Mavedi – Cops

Maunenge/Kinenge – Hunger pangs

Mauru – Bad boy/girl

Maweng – Money

Mbekse – Two

Mble/Mbleina/Fafude – Fool

Mbogi – Group/Crew

Mbulu – T.V.

Mitiech – Hoods

Moshatha – Upcountry

Ndeng’a/Chrome/Itoka – Gun

Ngiavati – Chapati

Ngono – Cart

Ngwai – Tea 

Nyai/Pona – Steal 

Nyuria – Die 

Pinchi – Pick pocket

Pori – Wallet/Pocket

Rada – Understand/be alert

Riba – story

Ridhe – Bullet

Rombosa – Dance

Shandwa – Get shot 

Tenje – Phone

Tonje – Laptop

Tutu – Coward

P.S: Note that sheng differs slightly from hood to hood. Add more that I haven’t included.


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


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11 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..

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  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



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