Wabenzi

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Wabenzi is an Anglicization of the pejorative Bantu colloquialism WaBenzi, originally used in Kenya to refer to members of the new ruling class that superseded the colonial regime, that has come to refer to the new ruling class in any post-colonial African country.[1] The term usually refers to a corrupt government official, or family member of one, and derives from their being seen as driving an imported car.[2] "Wa" is a prefix that refers to people in some Bantu languages; "benzi" comes from Mercedes-Benz, a car perceived as prestigious. The Anglicized form is more common than the original Bantu WaBenzi.[3]

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  1. ^ Eliseev, Alex, Its a Wabenzi Frenzi June 2009, IOL News. Retrieved June 2011
  2. ^ Wabenzi' Urban Dictionary. Retrieved June 2011
  3. ^ Naipaul, Shiva, North of South: an African Journey, September 1996, Penguin Classics, ISBN 978-0-14-196197-2. Retrieved June 2011

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