Let me tell you Maina! Top phrases by Maina Kageni that have lit the streets

Maina Kageni is the king of radio.

His breakfast show with Mwalimu Kingangi has a cult-like following.

Everything they discuss on air is super emotive with the battle of the sexes taking centre stage.

But one constant thing that doesn’t change is the fact that Maina Kageni’s phrases and lingo used on the show always go viral.

Here is a list of lingo that has hit the street and it’s origin can be traced back to Maina’s show.

Let me tell you Maina…

This phrase is so popular on the show that its usage has spilled over online. It is used online by netizens who are giving their opinion about an emotive issue that is trending.

Aki yaoo
This is a trademark Maina Kageni phrase that is popular among many a t-shirt vendors who  plaster the term on tees for sale. The phrase is a short form of the Kiswahili phrase ‘Aki ya Mungu’, but it’s shortened to ‘aki yaoo’.


This is a Kikuyu word that means ‘I can’t even!’ It can be applied in situations where something is so unbelievable you are unable to ‘can’. Super unbelievable.

Nie reke gwire

This is another of Maina Kageni’s popular phrase that shows utter astonishment to matters being discussed.

It translates to ‘Let me tell you’ and when you use it, the news that follows that phrase has to flabagast the lister or else you are using it all wrong.

Nie maundu maya

Yet another Kikuyu phrase used by Maina to relay how unbelievable the new is. It loosely translates to ‘Yaani this issues…?’

Ici ni ngoma

Maina loves to express himself the best way he knows how and once in a while you will hear him exclaiming this phrase in the middle of a heated debate on the breakfast show on Classic 105.

This phrase translates to ‘this is sorcery’.

Absolute nyugis

When Maina Kageni says this, just know that song is a hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit. Blazing hot hit. Most times he couples up the phrase, ‘This is absolute nyugis’ with ‘This song will finish me one day.’

Ni kii wee
When Kingangi expresses too much of his biased opinions to a point where Mains has to tell him, “Ni kii wee”. It translates to ‘what is your issue?’ Or ‘worris?’.

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