9.3.05

NAIROBI MEMORIES DATABASE

It would be interesting to create some kind of Nai database of 80s vocab, games, TV, music, foodstuffs, crazes, so please send me the following and I will compile them into a list for this site

-80s popular slang vocab (with translation or description)- most current slang words like kobole, bakes, nyake, came out then
-Names/brief descriptions of 80s games
-Names/brief descriptions or web links of 80s
TV programmes & adverts
-Names of 80s hit songs (esp. Kienyeji ones)
-Names and brief descriptions of 80s snacks, foods (remember scones/ ‘thigoji’),
drinks, sweets
-Funny shrubs
-Crazes e.g. dance moves, hairstyles, clothes (mnakumbuka high-tops!! And those woolly sweaters)
-Anything else, even things like old bus numbers/routes

Just email me at nairobimemories@yahoo.com (or leave a comment here);
all contributions will be credited, so if you don’t want your name attributed to a contribution just let me know or you can use a pseudonym.

54 Comments:

At 1:12 am, Anonymous Mama JunkYard said...

I can't contribute much to most of your categories but I love this site

I think they list all the cool programmes like Banana Man, He Man, Gummy Bears, Thundercats. Fraggle Rock...plus video clips too.

 
At 1:14 am, Anonymous Mama JunkYard said...

Pole about that past post. I forgot to close the link tags

The site is http://www.80snostalgia.com/

 
At 11:38 am, Anonymous Memoire said...

Thanks, it's amazing how much people everywhere like to reminisce

 
At 9:51 pm, Blogger Wambui said...

The busstop! I loved it! Asked some kids when out last week if they remembered it and got a blank stare ;-)

 
At 10:21 pm, Anonymous Mama JunkYard said...

Don't know if this was just an 80s snack but I have just remembered "Goodie Goodie" the toffee stick in a red wrapper. There was another toffee stick by House of Manji and they were fatter than Goodie Goodie and had I think 3 or 4 diff flavours.

 
At 6:36 pm, Anonymous Memoire said...

oh yeahhhhh!!! Goodie goodie came in mint, caramel (yellow wrapper).. I only kumbuka bikus by House of Manji (remember their big tins? They'd get kulwad haraka sana)

 
At 8:25 am, Anonymous ssunis said...

i found your blog by googling around, seeking some specific information about nairobi in the 70s.

i spent my childhood in nairobi. and one thing i was remembering right now was the kfc-hut at westlands.

now i am desperately seeking some photography of this hut. i know, that later, during the 90s, this 'building' was out of service and fully overgrown and that they removed it later.

if some reader here can help me and provide a photo of it, this would be highly appreciated.

you may contact me via mail: my mailaddress is ssunis@gmail.com

thanx in advance for any help or hint.

 
At 12:09 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey man, u guys are insane you have seriously taken me back to memory lane especially with the house of manji biscuits, man they ROCKED! my favorite was "nice" with the sugar coating

 
At 2:32 pm, Blogger Grapestress said...

Hello there..I found your blog when I was looking for Exo-style masala chips recipes online. I am an ex nairobian who has now made a life in the US. I miss home terribly and it helps that my family still lives there. Reading about some of the food that you mentioned made me want to shout out 'me too!'.

Congratulations on capturing the essence of 'maisha jema'! You have been bookmarked.

Kwaheri..

 
At 9:15 am, Anonymous Masilo said...

Hi guys.

Jina langu ni Masilo. I stayed in Valley Arcade, Argwings Kodhek, katika '81 na '88. That's kitu 20 years ago and pengine I am a bit rusty. But I penda your blog mbaya sana and will return. Keep it rolling.

 
At 3:18 pm, Anonymous Mama sukuma said...

I was looking for Kenyan recipes on google when I stumbled into your blog - yani you've pelekad me mpaka home! Talking of sweets, I remember when we would buy one Big-G to share amongst 5 of us...and the pink Patco sweets! Keep on writing, I love your blog

 
At 12:07 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hola! This blog is the ish. Is it still open and stuff as in is there still new stuff??? I don't even know how I got here. It was kinda by mistake, ha ha ha but im glad. If stuff is still being published, pliz inform me by mailing me on chikonde1@yahoo.com. Thanks!

 
At 5:50 pm, Anonymous Buru 3 said...

Buru 3
Men..oh men.. I remeber playing brikisho and shake in buru..
plus who remebers lonjo..it was like a wet mabuyu and we used to sack it from the back of the paper..or closing day when our parents gave us 5 KSH during closing day and would buy, kashata, some sugary powder we used to lick...or cooking chapos using cowboy..
How about that commercial.." kasuku yenye ladha kwa chapati na kaimati kasuku tumieni yenye ladha.heheheee"

 
At 2:20 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just came across your blog and am wondering if its still active. Memories are made of this..its soo interesting..i grew up in the 80's and I know exactly what you are talking about...manze, memories...

 
At 12:52 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seriously guys, kwani nobody remembers pussycat chewing gums? the black minty ones? Anyway I stumbled here looking for a kashata recipe, but the shake game, I was such a guru I remember at one point trying to figure out a way of registering it into an official Kenyan invented sport. You know, the way they have baseball and american football in the US, only they call them world series but no other country plays them? ha ha

 
At 12:53 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

do you guys remember tapo ya mkebe. Im not sure it was called that, but I remember once the game started the unlucky counter never caught anyone cause somebody always kicked the mkebe.

 
At 12:54 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember building dede traps with grass and lying on that grass the whole day to catch dedes so we could pluck out their legs one by one.

 
At 12:56 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who played walls and kati? The stingos we used to unleash without any care as to who saw our underwear is just beyond imagination. And for some reason the balls were so hard so that when you are hit, there is no doubt about it judging from your scream.

 
At 7:01 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

do you jamaas remember fishing for tadpoles thinking that they were genuine fish then proudlly displaying the jars with greenish water at home, ha!

How about police and robbers, shake, bano, bottletops?

Then there was the slang; someone please decipher these words; ponyi, sonyi, sinya, shonde, wiro, dido, jawiz etc

 
At 10:17 am, Blogger JAMES said...

Yaani you jamaas have really jazzed me with that talk about hardy boys and nancy drew, wow what memories!
I remember competing with my classmates to read the whole set of hardy boys, and trust me i was through with all 42 of them in one month!

After hardy boys we 'graduated' to Biggles and we thought that nancy drew was too girlie, tee hee.

Who remembers James Hardley Chase paperback with those pretty cover girls? How come they were always in bikinis and holding some sleek gun? what i remeber is these books were so so american. yaani american damu.

As for comics, i used to bury myself in dandy, topper, beezer, beano, asterix, tini tin, the works. Remember winker watsons escapades in school?

And captain haddocks cursing; Ten thousand thundering typhoons! blistering barnacles!what the hell was that about? tintin always walked with his ka white dooggie snowy in tow and then there was the absent minded professor calculus. hey! is that not what we learnt in maths in high school, but as kids we had no idea.

Memories truy are made of this. i can go on and on.......

 
At 6:46 am, Blogger Rob said...

good old days, it all started closing when you had 5 bob from your folks and it was the august closing which meant it was thelong holiday..man, there used to be this lady outside our school with these fried waru's I don't even know what they were but they had this sauce on them OMG!!then kashata and those ice thingy's in a nylon pack haha!! and then there was always someone who h alikuwa amewekwa wanted there was always a guarantee of a fight closing then you fika home and at 4 its chai na mkate...I can still taste the blueband...and who can remember that white uji...and then my sister (who was older) would come from boarding school later and we would eat chapo's cuz she hadn't seen them for long and she would be stuffing bread down her throat!! and then OMG kenchick chips na sausage.. I didn't think they sold anything else I mean why would they..????and there used to be this one candy thing that came out in like different flavours which my sis got for me, it was called fizzy or something like that it was like goody goody only better....and meatpies, samosa's, masaa chips,and kachumbari and chevra, and masala sticks, haha and crisps feels so wired to say crisps...man I gotta stop there its torture..

 
At 8:53 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember closing day and how ur enemies would "wekea u a wanted". For games, in brikisho there was a time kids would yell "amevunja nyungu" I dont even remember what that meant. Later on we had this song "by shot I love you baby . . .the baby to the sun"

Food - dextrosol glucose-we would lick that all day. and in mango season, we'd buy those one bob mangoes and fill them with salt and pepper and really enjoy ourselves. Maziwa ya watoto wa Nyayo - who remembers that?

 
At 3:37 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just came across this blog and man...memories are made of this..

 
At 12:18 pm, Anonymous kiama said...

Remember going to Playland to play videogames (on Moi Ave.)? Hit TV series were Knight Rider, A-Team, Blue Thunder, Airwolf. Popular drama/soaps were Dallas (JR Euwing), Dynasty, Falcon Crest. Moonlighting, Man! Music: Altantic Starr, Sky, Pebbles, Lisa Cult Jam, Doug E Fresh, Cameo (Word Up)! Hangouts, Wimpy (Kenyatta Ave), Exotica. CLubs: Bubbles, Swathe (Boomerang with DJ Paco Perez), Visions Annabels, Beathouse. Nuff said, those were the days.

 
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At 8:04 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome blog!!! Kudos.

 
At 10:50 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yani all you guys are crazy,each and every one of you.you've made me cry and feel lonely and msiing out on life's bestest things from my home Nairobi. Mi ni muindi lekini i was born in Easteleigh, yes i remember all those things from the goody goodies, to mkate nusu na bue band in the kiodo's to the githeri and ugali's. ( actually i still eat ugali with sukuma every saturday, to the WANTED DAYS in school to the kashata and sukari ngutu from the lady outside. not forgeting the ice lollies cylindrical shaped ones. also walking in matope when you pull your foot out, yani ume lost yor kiatu.and getting chased by the wild dogs from school or the mad man. i went to ainsworth primary i dono if n e one of you guys were from there but i had my best time there.your bloggers are true bloggers. iremeber all the kenchic chips and sausage as mentioned by rob to the exo chipo and thithino fish and chips to playland games where you find someone who knew how to gonga games after game on the flipper machines.talk about beano, beazer,dandy yes i was there too. talk about vioja mahakamani and mama kayai.then came sunday and we used to go boating at uhuru park, yani this was to impress the dames. then walk back to kimathi street ati window shopping before heading to odeon cinema to watch the non stop shows, finally hastily retreating on the no 6 bus or matatu back to base easteleigh. Men i miss my home and my friends. yani hiyo ilikuwa maisha, i think i can go all night writing. may be we should make a film what do you say guys. keep the blog going.

Ajuboyzs from Juja road.........

 
At 8:06 pm, Anonymous kamagra said...

Oh no man, 80's is almost a time vortix where evolution stopped for 10 years!!! I simply can't stand this decade, it was a total fail. no doubt. I think the only good things was my birth.

 
At 6:06 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wazee, Can you kumbuka Munyiris at 5am, Iliki cafe' and Califonia cookies. days when two three Kangemi used to rock with "Don't talk dirty to me" and such like hits. Before the "Rosas" hit Eastleigh number nine. Days when we could go to "Suncity movies" at 10am to watch the kids movies like "Banana Joe". Those were the good old days when "Just a moment" at 6.30pm was the main music show featuring "Osibisa" and most popular hits. Paco Perez and Tubs rulled Club Aimsworth or Boomarang for those who know what I'm saying just next to Bubbles and when Annabells was a classy spot. I miss those days and Nairobi is not as fun anymore now.

 
At 1:42 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to kula patco when I was young. If you went to a kiosk the jamaa would dip his filthy hands in a glass jar and give you however many you had paid for.

 
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At 7:54 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember Pussycat, Goody Goody, Breadance moves & the movie, Embassy Cinema, New Eden, Imani Hse, Visions , Boomerang,F2 , Hussein Abdallah Jnr, The kangemi Mathrees-Golden Child, Mishinda Estates, Second wave,Polaris......the list is endless

 
At 7:55 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember Pussycat, Goody Goody, Breakdance moves & the movie, Embassy Cinema, New Eden, Imani Hse, Visions , Boomerang,F2 , Hussein Abdallah Jnr, The kangemi Mathrees-Golden Child, Mishinda Estates, Second wave,Polaris......the list is endless

 
At 1:13 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember back in the day there was this DJ who used to play at Annabels. I think his name was Booker? This guy used to mix music like craazzzy. I remember he was the only DJ who could mix acapella and instrumental. And the only DJ who played old music for at least two hours at the club like at around 1 or 2 at night. I was just wondering if anyone remembers this guy, too? He was one of the top DJ's in the '80s. I know there was Paco Perez, Booker, Jeff, Bobbs and his older brother, Tony. Does anyone know what happened to these guys? Thanks!

 
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At 10:33 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I grew up in Karanja road estate Kibera. Lots of memories. Playing banta, hunting birds with fea in the nubian cemetery, going fishing in five holes hurlingham, fishing lobi, making toy cars from wires robbed from fences, we used to cause damage to fences and wire hangers at home got lost come april, safari rally. Remember driking strungi, chewing bolgam, eating sambu, mburusu (backfired popcorns), memories....

 
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At 6:41 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember the adverts:
MOTOKAA MARIDADI YA SAFARI, IKINGURUMA KWA HAMU YA KUANZA SAFARI. LAKINI ZIONE BAADA YA SAFARI ..ZIMEJAA MATOPE NA KUPONDEKA BONDEKA, NA UMARIDADI WOTE UMEKWISHA..DADEREVA WENGI WA SAFARI HUTUMIA DUCO....

 
At 10:38 am, Blogger wanjiru muthoni said...

naweza pata goody goody wapi?

 
At 6:13 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man...you guys made my night,better late than never...by show I love u baby,the baby to the sun,the sun to the order,the order to the man,the man to the bush baby sere 123 kata kona...n makofi...viazi vya karai...song..."cant touch me,murder shiro...God! I miss goody goodies, wonder why they stoped makin them! I MISS HOME!!!

 
At 9:04 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Omg I remember that

 
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i remember playing a rough game called chobo ngoto

 
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At 4:05 pm, Blogger Baba D said...

who recalls this Crown advert....found it today and brought tears to my eyes. I didn't appreciate colored TV until I saw this. Back then it was all black, white and different shades of gray...
http://www.tv-ark.org.uk/mivana/m.php?p=crown_it&spl=1

 
At 4:57 am, Blogger carol said...

There was only one kind of goody goody. It had a red wrapper. The other kind you are thinking about was called cream toffee. They were much longer and wider than goody goodys and came in different flavors. Red wrapper was strawberry, brown was chocolate and yellow was coconut. Goody goodys were my fav though. I would roll em up and stuff them in my mouth. Wish they could revive them. Remember the chewing gum pussy cat that had the cat pic on the wrapper? Then there were these tiny 'purus' (another slang for back in the day) that sold for 5 cents each. Those were the days when you could buy something with 5 cents or a penny. And the 80's we still had 5, 10, 20 bob notes. Orbit wrapper was different. I could go on and on, lol.

 
At 5:07 am, Blogger carol said...

Oh, when blue band, kimbo, cowboy were packaged in tin containers. We used to make jikos out of the big tins and sufurias out of the small tins and cook. Everyone was given something to provide and we'd go steal from home and prepare it. Funny thing is that it was basically the same thing people ate at home but for some reason it just tasted extra good (or so I thought), cooking in the recycled tins. Then using sticks to push tyres. And making cars from Omo boxes and discarded bottle tops. Then do you guys remember how the coca cola company used to have competitions where you would collect different animals from the bottle top underseal? The games we played with those white seals 'pooza' where you would try to turn them over by blowing hard when u said pooza or with hitting your hand on the surface to create an air flow. We were so creative when it came to amusing ourselves and it always seemed like every game had a season, lol.

 
At 8:04 am, Blogger Eva Mwangi said...

Wow..reading all this nostalgic stuff,takes me back to the good old days. Does anyone have photos of sweets like goodie goodie... and any other nostalgic pics from the 80s & 90s.

 
At 9:18 am, Blogger Dennis Ndungu said...

Yes pretty much interesting stuff. Goody goody.. Lol nice one. Any idea where i can 70s out fit. Wig/blocks/bellybottoms etc
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At 9:18 am, Blogger Dennis Ndungu said...

Yes pretty much interesting stuff. Goody goody.. Lol nice one. Any idea where i can 70s out fit. Wig/blocks/bellybottoms etc
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At 5:38 am, Blogger sam21 said...

Hey goody goody lovers......someone told me they back in the market. ......is that true?

 
At 9:33 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I realise this is an old blog but it really took me back to the good old days.

I was looking for 80s Kenyan interior decorating ideas and items. Yeah I want to have the old record player, cassette player, walkman, old tv (not flat screen), pvc sofa set, formica top coffee table, pantry (za ushago), old blueband and kimbo tins, omo carton boxes, old calendar, magazines (like Drum, Viva), 80s newspapers, metal basins .... kila kitu. If you have the items or know where I can get them please inbox me at rustickenyafurniture@hotmail.com. TiA

 
At 10:05 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who remembers the rainbow coloured Schweppes sodas? KBS buses ( in cream and green colours)?

In the 80s the snacks were amazing. I remember deep fried cassava and roast maize spiced with a a lemon with cayenne pepper and salt. There was also crisps with scones combi, mabuyu, 'ice' in rainbow colours. We also liked to eat sweet or salty indian snacks and broken cookies. Mandazi, samosas za nyama,waru or ndengu, chips and sausages were eaten daily and no one got food poisoning lol.

Then came Rally Gums and everyone was trying to have a collection of the different safari cars. The Coca Cola people were not left behind, they made their bottletops liner peelable and had different footballers like Pele? Who remembers playing with those liners by blowing on them so that they could flip? The balloon people also had this game where you selected a square that they peeled to reveal the balloon that you had won. Everyone wanted the biggest balloon of course. I remember peeling all the numbers thinking the balloon was behind the stickers. The shopkeeper was not amused! hehehe

We also enjoyed games like shake, kati, tapo, rounders, bladder, monkey climb and reading Famous 5, Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Tin Tin, Betty & Veronica, Longman storybooks like 'No Feast for Kiundu'..

I remember guys in shags wearing the wooden shoes (clogs) and dancing to 'Celebrate good times c'mon'. While us kids danced in our Sandaks from Bata and I think Tiger Shoes also had a brand of plastic shoes too. At the height of the disco craze, everyone was wearing white socks with Bata's 'rubbers' (white sneakers polished black with shoe polish) so as to look like MJ. The curly kits were so shiny they could catch fire hehehe. All the Number 9 (Eastleigh) conductors had to wear that style. That's when the Eastleigh ma3s were a brand called I think.. Rosa. It was during that time that older kids were still watching the King Kong (1976 edition - it was viewed for nearly a decade).


 
At 7:26 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really appreciate your blog na effort ya capture na leta hizo memories that I can relate to from them days. Thumbs up. I came across this blog while searching for a song nilikua nasikia nikiwa ndani ya mathree Nai. The song in question is a song that used to name macelebrity wa 80s, it used to name the celebrity's name with a Yaaay after every name, like Schwarzenegger! Yaaay! Eddie Murphy! Yaaay!,and so on. I remember ikisema " Keep on! moving!". I asked some of my friends the name but some were saying ilikua ikisema "cinema" but I doubt it. Anybody remember this na jina ya hiyo song?

 

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