BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,25TH MAY 2017-History has been made after it emerged that the word boda boda has been added to the 9th edition of Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary following its regular use in East Africa to refer to a motorcycle or bicycle often used as a taxi.
The Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary is one of the world’s best-selling advanced learner’s dictionary and features more than 185,000 words, phrases and meaning, develops the skills students need for passing exams and communicating in English.
The word, now in common usage, was first used by bicycle riders ferrying traders to the Busia market which straddles the Kenya-Uganda border.
Bicycle riders came in handy for traders in need of cheap transportation from one side of the border to the other hence the birth of ‘border border’ which with time and due to Kiswahili influence commonly became boda boda.
Boda bodas have employed thousands of youths putting bringing much-needed relief to an economy reeling from high unemployment.
As expected some kenyans went to social media platforms to express their opinion about the matter.here are a few
“The word boda boda is now in Oxford English dictionary. I think next should be Kibindre, Tibiim, Nasa, Jubilee, Tialala, Jakom,” said @khedirakhedira on Twitter.
“The word Nduthi should have been added to the English Oxford dictionary instead of Boda Boda,” tweeted @Kamlepeter04
“I don’t think they got the pronunciation quite right though,” said Kathambi Kinoti @KathambiK