Sheng is a Kiwwahili cum English based language that originated or originates from the urban underclass of Nairobi, Kenya. It is also greatly influenced by many of the languages spoken in the cosmopolitan. While primarily a language of urban youths, it has spread across social classes and geographically to neighbouring Tanzania and Uganda.
The word “Sheng” is coined from the two languages that it is mainly derived from, Kiswahili and English and was first recorded in 1965.
Originating in the early 1950s in the Eastlands area of Nairobi, Sheng is now widely used all over Kenya but the hotbed of new sheng words still remains Eastlands.