The Swahili word, ‘mzungu’ or ‘muzungu’ (sounds like “muh-zun-gooo”) is generally taken to mean ‘white man’, although it does apply to women as well.
It can also mean some sort of ‘boss’, whether you are male or female, black, brown or white!
Originally stems from the phrase, “those who wonder aimlessly”, and linked to African experiences of early explorers, traders and missionaries.
In itself mzungu is not a derogatory or negative term. Although it can appear aggressive or negative if accompanied with requests for money.
Mzungu! Mzungu! I help you?
The mzungu is coming soon, he can pay.
Bye bye mzungu!
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