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Respiratory Hijacking

What has just happened one evening in the matt I had boarded is what can be safely called #Respiratory_hijacking. One of the people sitting at the back of the matt had sounded alarm at the rapid change in the composition of air saying ”Ebu fungua hii dirisha kuna mtu ameachilia kitu hapa” and within few seconds the

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… next to the drunkard

Have you been there, Seating next to the drunk guy in a mat? This is how it all starts: So you are seating there in a mat, only one seat remaining. The seat next to you. The makangas are now charged up! They beat up the metal plate next to the guys sitting near the

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9 Types of people in a ma3: Who reps you?

The TseTse Man: You know this guy! The Heavy sleeper in a mat who no sooner has he/she sat on the mat than you notice his head leaning on your shoulder/ or the front seat infront/ head swinging around like a pendulum. They might snore when they are really tired or go passed their stage.

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Music Volume That Cares…

The other day, I was surprised the response from the matatu crew when a fellow passenger asked for the volume level to be raised. Here is a snippet of the conversation: Passenger: Dere! Si tuongeze volume kidogo sasa… Driver: Kwa nini? Si hapo iko tu sawa. Passenger: Zii! Reggae sio tune iko na kelele. Driver:

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The Amazing Storyteller

Ever been in a mat then something debatable happens? You realize that there is that one person who waits for the opportune time and keeps conversing as he tries to create fun & pun out of the situation. This is always “AN AMAZING STORYTELLER”. Think of a fellow passenger who fails to songea mwenzake ili wakae watu

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From Matatu Route No. to SACCO NAME

If the trends serve us right, there is a big shift as to how Nairobians nowadays identify their way around Nairobi. The shift is from identifying a route as a number to the sacco name. Its therefore common for someone to think of boarding an UMOINNER to go Umoja and be able to choose between

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Return of the SCREENS

Photo courtesy of trendingnews.zeetownqueen.com The first matatu screens saw their way on matatu’s as early as 2002. The reigning matatus during those days included #58 plying BuruBuru, #9 plying Eastleigh and #23 plying Jerusalem Outering including others. Over the years the culture has still been there but not that public, only the brave ones or allegedly

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10 Bob is the Difference

Surprised! Just the other day at the stage, while chilling to catch a mat at Namba nane stage(Prestige), Wanyee-Satellite onboarders treated us to a non-rehearsed but well performed short drama when in solidarity, they angamizad ‘kulipishwa fare si ya kawaida’. During the peak hours(baada ya kazi as one may call it), the standard charges(fare) from Namba

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90’s vs Now.. #TumetokaMbali

Snap preview of the 90’s vs Now…. #TumetokaMbali

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How to ‘dandia a ma3’

Photo credit: http://whatsgoodlive.tv/selfiesaturday-self-reflections-the-sign-says-40/#.VfeykRGqqko Its unfortunate that whilst this is a very cool Nairobi culture i.e jumping on to a moving matatu; many have injured themselves and even died while trying to do it. I remember the first time I did it as a 10 year old and it felt awesome, I however do remember times I

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The Difference is clear

What I go through every morning is very clear!!

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Using 100/- to get 50/-

So a mathee shukad a mat and remembered she had left 50 shillings change kwa ma3.. So she took a bike and paid a 100/- to get to the mat then got her 50/- back :-/

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MANSPREADING

Just checked the Oxford Dictionary, on matatu vocabulary. There is a new word recently introduced. “MANSPREADING” which is used to describe those people — usually men — who sit and take up two spaces in a matatu. Hey Ladiesss! Now you know the name for those people who squeeze you while seating kwa mat.  

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New Route ALERT!

New Route in TOWN! Killeton SACCO is happy to announce their new routes effective 1st September, 2015. The new route will see these matatus ply between the following: 1. Yaya Centre to Ngara via by-pass. 2. Kileleshwa to Ngara. 3. Lavingtone to Ngara. They have set a standard fare of 40/= on their new throughout

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Shuka na Jam

This is a common phrase used by the konda when approaching the stage but there is some traffic snarl-ups causing slow movement of cars. This at times turns out to be a risky affair especially when the police or kanjo are around.

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Panda mat na ashu

Nowadays kupanda mat lazma ukuwe na #ashu ndo urudishiwe noty (note) i.e If the matatu is 60/ you pay 110/ and get 50 bob note as change. If the mat is 40/ you pay 60/ and get 20 coin note as change. In short shortage ni coins za 10 bob.

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Varying fare :-/

At times you get to the matatu stage and wonder how things work out.The actual fare to Westlands is 30 bob. It is somehow puzzling when the conductor whispers chini ya maji,Utalipa mbao ingia twende! Wewe peke yako.” Who can reject such an awesome offer?

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Pay Less While Standing

After an awesome working day… On my way home. Tuko stage(mimi na wasafiri wengine). To be precise, I board matatus that ply route 2(Dagoretti Mkt)- or rather Ndonyo vile zinajulikana. At the stage, there are two 14-seater matatus zote zikiita customers, “Ongwaro 40 Ongwaro 40 Ongwaro 40…(yaani Kawangware 40 bob). I pay less attention to them-unless it is rainy-because

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