Trying to understand the language of individuals from other counties can be darn right frustrating, but most irritating for the non-English speaker is the time and effort they put in to improve their English only to feel their progress has been minimal or zilch at best. 

Better Understand Nigerians'Slang

 I hope to dig deeper into the dialect of different cultures in the weeks ahead. But for now, I will pay particular attention to the dialect of Nigerians mostly because I came across a great article by author ANUOLUWAPO AGBOKE on how to understand Nigerans’ language.  Given that she did an excellent job explaining the concepts, there wasn’t a reason for me to try and rewrite her original work.  

So, are you ready to increase your knowledge? Ok let’s start with the word:  

Oya is

“One Nigerian slang that has no definite meaning; however, it is used in a given context which could mean come, let’s go, start or basically just an endearment to begin something or respond.

Abeg is

 “A pidgin English for ‘I beg.’ If you know a Nigerian, you would have heard this particular slang over and over again. Abeg is a plea and is simply means ‘please’. Just

Fashi is

Nawa is

Japa mean

“To abort, run, avoid, terminate, retreat and any of the above. To japa means to remove yourself from a situation. If used in a sentence, it would be articulated like so, “his girlfriend told him she was pregnant, that is why the guy japa”.lasisi elenu”

Fall my hand is

“One of the funniest slangs because when people use it, it must have been a serious situation. To fall somebody’s hand is to disappoint them, disappoint them so bad that they have to use the words “fall my hand.”

Osha pra pra is

“A new slang and found itself in all the Nigerian comedy skits, shows, songs and social media comments. Osha pra pra means something fresh, sharp and clean. When you ‘sha pra pra’ it means you are fresh Better Understand Nigerians’Slang.”

Pepper don rest is

“A particular slang is hard to interpret; In this context pepper refers to money, therefore when someone says, “pepper don rest”, it means money has landed, money is here.”

Ojoro / Wayo are

“Slangs translated to mean “cheating”. When someone cheats you, whether in a game, purchase, business, anything you can say the person did ojoro or wayo. Someone who cheats is by default, called a wayo man or woman.”

Bad Belle mean

“Jealousy. I’d like to think jealous people are called bad belle because your blessings make them sick to their stomach Better Understand Nigerians’Slang.”

Yanga/Shakara is

“Showing off. When used in a sentence, one is said to be ‘doing shakara/yanga’, that is one is showing off—beautiful girls show off, talented people show off, intelligent people show off, people in the right of a situation show off and more. It is all shakara.”

Aproko is

“Not just a slang but an insult. It is used to refer to a gossip. An aproko always has the latest information, both true and untrue. They are always whispering something too, never do they mind their business Better Understand Nigerians’Slang.”

Wahala/ Gbege/ Gobe Mean

“Trouble. Trouble has degrees, some people use certain words based on the level of trouble they are in. When the problem is so big, the affected party cannot fathom it, they simply exclaim “see gobe!”

Change am for you is

“Actually a threat. It is a light warning but a serious threat. It is often used either as a joke or in serious matters.”

Baff up/ Kack Up is

“When you get all dressed up and ready to paint the town red. Baffs and kacks refer to new clothes or fashion pieces for outings and the likes. Therefore, when someone says they are going to baff up or kack up

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