If you’re an 80’s and 90’s baby I am sure you have the memory of having a lifestyle that was really cheap.

With just 50 bob, you could buy the world, okay not the world but the things that make you happy which was not a lot considering we did not have the pressure the kids of today have.


I am going to take you down memory lane to the things that excited us that were just 5 bob.

  1. Ice

Yaani if your uncle came home and gave you 20 bob you would run straight to the shop for Ice. The red or orange one was one of our favorites. You just toboa a small hole in the paper and suck out all the juice. That was the most fulfilling feeling.

2. Dextrose powder

Not the tablet sweet that we have now, there used to be a powder we used to lick especially orange flavor. It was something we took almost always after school.

3. Matatu fare

Catalyst - Rongai Matatu
Catalyst – Rongai Matatu

See life now? Yes, if you used to use a matatu after school to go home, standing was 5 bob only.

4. Mahindi choma

Mahindi choma is a basic Njaanuary meal
Mahindi choma is a basic Njaanuary meal

Before the economy was a joke, quarter a cob of maize was 5 bob. Now it goes for 10 bob.

Now that you have that wa wa wa feeling, Songa By Safaricom is here to bring back that feeling with the Songa na Tano.

You can stream music online by dialing *812# or downloading the app on the App store at only 5 bob a day and enjoy nothing but great music.

Remember with the Songa subscription, you are able to Download Tracks which you can then play offline without having to use your data.

If you’re an 80’s and 90’s baby I am sure you have the memory of having a lifestyle that was really cheap.