From chapo chafua to teargas! Sheng words used in food kibandas

When Kamande wa Kioi sang ‘Karanga Chapo’, he said most people go to a hotel and take a soda and leave because they don’t understand the language used.

Sheng is now everywhere, even in hotels. Vibandas around our workplaces is a good example.

Most people use the language to fit in the class of people at that particular place.

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Mary, a kibanda (better known as kibandaski) seller in Westlands, told the Star she interacts with more than 50 people daily.

She has a food joint and most casual labourers go there for lunch.

“People who visit here are from all walks of lives, and it always helps using the language with them.

Customers are happy if we understand each other. Some even come with hard names, which sometimes I don’t know the meaning of.

But when we communicate, they make me understand what they want,” she said.

Here are some of the Sheng words used in our local food joints.

Kamcheti – rice,

Githeri is ballast, kokoto or ridhgez.

Chapo – handkerchief

Ugali is plaster.

Omena-Kisumu girls.

Fish – Kisumu boys

Njiva– fries,chips

Maziwa mala– Mgando,

Block bread– mattress.

Karara – Half a chapati.

When they ask for teargas, don’t run away, they are simply requesting for pilipili, while Dubai sausage is mutura,” Mary said.

Rolex is a chapati rolled with an egg,

madondo or nyagah is beans, while chafua or nyeshea is chapati with beans soup.

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From tusome katiba to Mombasa raha, here are words used to ask for [email protected]


Intimacy is one of the basic needs for every couple that needs to be fulfilled to keep a relationship going.

Here are words that the youth are using to engage in such.

Asked on how they would ask for [email protected] without sounding needy or asking directly.

Most of them said, currently the best way to say it is by doing so indirectly.

“The best play is to just make a move, not say, ‘Can we have sex?’ Ask if ‘inaweza’.

Sheng is the in thing.

I decided to get the Sheng’ words the youths are using.

Check out the list. Some will use an indirect means to ask.

  • Uko home nikam?’
  • ‘Nataka therapy.’
  • ‘Zinadai mbaya.’
  • ‘Twende Pekejeng.’
  • ‘Kunyanduana.’
  • ‘Kulambana lolo.’

From lamba lolo to rombosa here is what these sheng words mean

Another friend came and joined the conversation and said for him, if the person they are asking for [email protected] from is their spouse, they will go direct.

Kama ni Mpango, ama Team Tangatanga, lazima ukue mjanjez, I mean you have to request like this,

  • ‘Kam tupike supper.’

Other Sheng words for [email protected] include,

  • ‘Mkunaji,
  • kusoma katiba,
  • piga miti,
  • Mombasa raha.’

Just so you know, the best [email protected] is the enthusiastic fun kind that happens naturally.

Now you know how you get your lady to want to sleep with you without ruining the fun that sex demands.

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