2019 has been a tough year for Kenyans and filled with tragedies that shook the nation.
However, hard times did not dictate happiness and joy spread on social media platforms.
Memes and Gengetone music saw its growth this year which contributed to the jargons and phrases that went viral.
Musicians, politicians, pastors and children played major role in shaping the phrases.
Here are 12 phrases of 2019:
1.Kama Hakuna kaa na mama yako
The phrase was created by the governor of West Pokot Professor John Lonyang’apuo.
The governor was a serious comedian this year and his choice of words cracked ribs of residents of his county and the whole country.
2. Kijana Fupi nono round
The words were said by professor of mathematics John Lonyang’apuo when he was referring to one of the former MCAs in his county and it soon picked momentum in the interwebs.
3. Mbiginji imekulwa na ndogi
This was a kid from Meru trying to say that a chewing gum was ‘eaten’ by a dog and it went viral.
Memes and funny videos were created from the same.
4.Inauma but inabidi uzoee
The phrase was said by Mihadarati hitmaker Stivo Simple Boy.
After dropping Vijana tuache Mihadarati, Stivo Simple Boy became an household name attracting attention from Kenyans and bloggers.
In an interview with Tuko, Stivo recalled people calling him a monkey because of his looks.
“Inauma but itabidii uzooee” was his reply when asked what he felt about it.
5. Kwa ground vitu ni different
This was a political phrase which later went viral and Kenyans started comparing things to real life situations.
This was evident in Kibera by-elections where residents believed that some party was shown love online but in the ground, things were different.
This also has created memes and banters where one compares online life and actual situation.
6.Vijana Tuache Mihadarati
From Stivo Simple Boy’s song, the phrase has widely been used to mean “you are not serious”.
For example if I say Rihanna is my crush, someone will tell me Vijana tuache Mihadarati, meaning that I should stop dreaming.
7. Nipeleke na Rieng/ Mutaratara
This is a ghetto phrase meaning what’s up.
It has been widely used when asking someone to fill you in on their plan.
8. Twa twa twa
As easy as it sounds, the catchy phrase by Female Pastor means to have sex.
The pastor was teaching couples on the importance of sex in marriage but the video leaked and Kenyans are ever United on matters sex.
The phrase is believed to have led to couples having sex anywhere in accordance to the message.
9. Bora Uhai
The phrase which hit headlines means ‘at least least you are alive and kicking’ This was commonly used when things were not going in the right direction and was used as consolation.
10. Parte after parte
The famous phrase came later at the end of the year after a viral song by a Ugandan artiste hit Kenya’s airwaves. The phrase means to party non stop.
11. Wamlambez & Wamnyonyez
This means to lick and suck and it went viral after an ice cream shop having the words went viral.
12. Sco Pa Tu Manaa & Bomboclat
The phrase means to give your honest opinion on topics or to caption aligned together.
What other phrases trended in 2019?