Kienyeji is a Swahili word with a hidden meaning in the Sheng language. So when people are talking about Kienyeji, they are literally talking about something other than its original meaning in Swahili. In this article, we will discuss more on the real meaning of ‘Kienyeji’ in sheng.
Kienyeji, meaning in Swahili
In the Swahili language, Kienyeji means something traditional. So, for example, if you are differentiating two chickens, there is usually a choice for farmers to rear Kienyeji chickens and broiler chickens. Kienyeji chickens are considered sweet and natural, but they are also very expensive as compared to the broiler ones.
Another example where Kienyeji is usually used is when referring to medicine. In our African culture, we had medicine, which was given by a traditional man. This type of medicine is called Kienyeji medicine, as compared to modern medicine.
Kienyeji, meaning in Sheng and Origin
Going with the above examples, modern sheng borrows from some existing words and tries to come up with something unique. According to the Kenyan dictionary, Kienyeji is a humor slang used to refer to a “girl” who is from the upcountry, usually some rural areas in Kenya. But it is not limited to this meaning. Kienyeji can also be used in the context that the girl might be from an urban area but doesn’t know a lot of things as compared to others.
So most people on social media use the word “Dem Kienyeji” to refer to this type of chic. There are even memes created to create humor around the word Kienyeji.
Kienyeji Zero Budget
Kienyeji zero budget is a term used to describe a girl from the upcountry who doesn’t have much budget to maintain.
Check out the Kienyeji budget song by Vall Wambo
Kienyeji Pro Max
Kienyeji Promax is a term used in Kenya to mean another version of a Kienyeji, like the iPhone Pro Max.
The word “Kienyeji” originated from a section of social media users. It is usually used by influencers such as Andrew Kibe, I am Kabugi, and more. Check out the below videos to understand better.