Here are the most trending slang words, statements and slogans on social media in Zimbabwe 2018
Perhaps you may have already noticed that year by year there is always something trending on social media in Zimbabwe.It could be certain type of news, events, high profile persons as well as slang words, statements and slogans. 2017 had its own list of these trending slangs and just to mention politically, there was a statement called "ThisFlag", coined by one political activist, Evan Mawarire. I would not want to delve much into that one as my main thrust is 2018.
The purpose of this article is therefore to highlightķ some of these trending slangs in 2018, mentioning the people who coined the words and their percieved meaning. Here is the list of some of the most trending slangs on scoial media.
This is shona language slang statement which started politically but ended up being adopted even in non-political scenarios. This statement is believed to have been coined by Zimbabwe's opposition party, the MDC Alliance led by Nelson Chamisa. The most common forms of this trending statement are zvadirwa jecha and tozvidira jecha. The statement generally mean to throw into confusion, throw into disorder, throw into disarray, cause confusion/turmoil in, play havoc with, derange, turn upside-down or to make a mess of. These are the meanings of the statement derived from how it is used on social media, not necessarily as intended by the persons who coined this slang.
It is because of the origin of this statement that someone is likely considered aligned to a certain political party if he or she uses the statement in some situations. Recently Zimbabwe's top artist Winky D was almost labeled political by some fans after producing a single track titled "ka song kejecha".
Let's Confuse Them
This statement is trending and is still on the rise. I am not sure who exactly coined it but what I know is that it emanated from a highly active facebook group called Mvenge Mvenge. The statement attracted mixed reactions from group participants and on social media in general as some felt annoyed either by its sound, meaning or both. The statement is general used to trigger a group of people with common interests, profession , place or affiliation to speak a language, common words and names that are understood by that goup. So the usage is like this, "#group lets confuse them", where #group is the group of common understanding, can be people from Marondera, or teachers or doctors. You may agree with me that surely if you know nothing about the confusing #group, you will definitely be confused and I think this is what makes others dislike the satement. You are angry too? Let me continue with the list!
Well, this one is quiet common to many people and I am sure some can actually make a picture of the legend, our gogo, the mother of the late MDC President, Morgan Tsvangirai who accidentally coined the statement. The intetion of gogo Tsvangirai when she accidentally coined the statement was different from the meaning intended by those who later adopted the word as slang. The word "ndozvisungirira" first appeared on social media as a threat or warning by gogo to the now President of MDC Alliance, Nelson Chamisa, that if he was going to be at the funeral and lead MDC she was going to hang herself (commiting suicide). Somehow this attracted attention of those who thought she was just an unnecessary threat.
A few days later the word was all over social media with many seemingly ridiculing her and some using the word to express their feeling in various circumstances. Generally, the Zimbabweans on social media ended up using the word to mean "I do not accept that" or simply to refuse something sharply.
This is a statement in Swahili which translate to, "Thank you very much". This statement was the final given by Zimbabwe's fomer president Robert Mugabe before his exit from power on that fateful night. Robert Mugabe did not coin the statement but I just think he popularized it. Many were expecting "good news" that night, all zimbabweans glued to their screens, when all of a sudden, Mugabe concluded his presentation with Asante Sana while Zimbabweans expected otherwise.
Adopting the statement as slang, Zimbabweans on social media used it to mean several things, but the most common percieved meanings were handisati ndasaina (I have not signed yet) and the struggle continues. Literally Zimbabweans were saying when Mugabe said Asante Sana, he either mean that he was not going to sign the resignation or that the struggle(fighting & poverty), was to continue either under him or his successor who is now President Emmerson Munangagwa. If this was really the meaning, Was he correct? Controvessial !
This is the last trending two word statement, that I am going to explain on. The statement was coined by supporters of Zimbabwe's current president, Emmerson Munangagwa and the prefix ED refers to his names. The political statement generallly translate to taking ED and install him on presidential position (Pfee). Some political rivals interpret the statement to mean ,"taking ED and put him on position by force or at all costs". There is actually a political song to this satement by Zvishavane-based musician Chief Shumba who latter accused Winky D for singing for the oppostion in his "KaSong kejecha" track.
So what does the list help? Zvinobatsirei? Well, I am tempted to add "Zvinobatsirei" to the list, just joking. The purpose was to expose the perceived meanings, which I have done well. Many times if you are new to social media, you always come across these statements and wonder where they come from and what they mean. You can add more in the comment section!