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Jongo ya tefo- (Noun) [ jo-ngo ya fo-te ]

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Meaning : Forty (Usually money)
Use : Niko tu na jongo ya tefo = I have only 40 shillings
Period: Early 2000
Related to: Money, Currency, Counting
Synonyms: Karoosi


Area of origin : Unknown
Etymology:
The word "Jongo" is derived from Sheng and it means "coin" or "token". Ya" is Swahili for "of" while "tefo" is the Sheng reverse for the English word "Forty". This term came about in 2003 when Central Bank of Kenya, issued a 40 Shilling coin to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Kenya. It bears the bust of Mwai KIbaki but interestingly, Nairobi youth decided to name it after his wife and not him!

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