The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Sheng Competition Winner Unveiled

A new organisation known as Go Sheng is determined to make Sheng one of the leading Kenyan languages. Recently, the organisation that was awarded by Ford Foundation as the champions of democracy for translating some of the most important chapters of the constitution. It also held a sheng crossword competition that saw one Ms Ng'endo Machua awarded a Sh20,000 cash prize.

The organisation is also working closely with comedian and radio presenter Rapcha the Scientist who has been spearheading the campaign both online and on his show.

"Sheng is here to stay no matter how much we avoid it. It is the language that connects the older generation with the younger one since the words do not change much.

The fact that it is a lady that won this competition shows that it also cuts across the gender and it does not matter where you come from because Ng'endo did not grow up in Eastlands but in Ngong. This shows that this language unites us all,"Rapcha told Word Is.

The crossword founder Duncan Ogweno said that their dream was to see sheng recognised and even incorporated in the school syllabus.

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