109 Popular Nigerian Slangs and their Meanings

Nigerians at home and abroad use different kinds of Nigerian slangs during conversations, this usually come up whenever they see their fellow Nigerians either t home or abroad, they usually use these slangs either in their local language, Whenever they see one another they flow in slangs in local, pidgin English and English languages. Some of these popular slangs include slangs like How far, How you dey, Nna men, Ki lo n sele?, wetin dey happen? Nawaa for you oo, and What’s up even though not Nigerian but used by a lot of Nigerians. e.t.c. Let’s take a look at some of the popular Nigerian slangs, here goes the list

Popular Nigerian Slangs and their Meanings

Fashi am – forget about it

Peche – Chillout

Amebo – backbiter/rumour-monger also called Gbeborun

Woza – slap

Guck –  sleep, believe a lie

Gbe ja – run away

Runs – try to do things the bad way.

Baffs – designer wears

To baff up – nicely dressed

Bakassi/Ikebe – Booty

ITK – All those “overserious” students. ITK stands for I Too Know

Aro – funny person. (peculiar to OAU)

Akata – White man

Jand – UK

Yankee – US

Ajebutter – rich spoilt kid

Comot – Leave

Nack – Hit

Domot – Entrance/Vicinity

Kak – Sit

Kaka – Butt/Shite

Pam – Chill out/Patient

Kele – Young woman

E/Im – He/She/It

Am – Him/Her/It

Dem – Them/They

Troway – Waste/Throw away

Mud – Die/Kill

Kpai – Die/Kill

Straff/Frap/Prak – Sex

Hammer – Strike rich

Awoof – Free things

Wetin? – What?

Tey (tey tey) – Long time (ago)

Mugu/Maga/Maye – Fool

Fall hand – Disappoint

No dulling – Don’t prolong things

O’boy – friend

Abi – Right (as in “exactly, right?”)

Shey? – Is that right?

Like play like play – jokingly

Wozam slap – give him a slap

Eke don carry am – police have arrested him

Chop – eat

Wahalla – trouble

Sabi – to know

Waka – travel/go/walk away

Yahoo – Fraudster

419 – Another slang for fraud

Okada – Motorcycle

Black maria – Was a slang for prison van

Shugaba – To be expelled

Gbana – Marijuana (could be a Lagos only slang)

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After One – Girl with one child prior to marriage

Agidi – Stubborn

Aristo (shortened from Aristocrat) – Married men that like young girls

Bang – Depending on context, fail or sleep with the opposite sex

Bakassi – Girls behind (bum/butt)

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Blend – Join a confraternity

Bone face – to snub somebody

Bounce – to walk in a stylish way in order to get noticed

Denge – to poise

To browse on the street – to look for girls/boys e.g Omo I wan go browse

Brush – Beat

Butty (also: ajebota) – Spoiled brat / Pampered Child

Cable – Leak a secret

Cane – Sleep with a girl

Chips – Small papers with answers to exam questions an individual takes into the examination halls to cheat or commit exam malpractice. The smaller the better (microchips)

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Cassava Flakes: Dry Garri chips, compared with Corn Flakes

Church Members – Fellow Cultist e.g Fryo na (is) my church member

Confra – Confraternity

Cow Bell – Large Boobs

Double silver – used by cultist to denote a gun

Fashi – Forget

FFF – Friend for food

FFO – For food only

Giddy – Smooch

Government Child (Omo-Ijoba) – A Corper (NYSC), A Mad Man

Joneser – Failure

Jack Robinson – Rubbish

Juve (shortened from juvenile) – Young ladies

Kawa – (I am going) – Leave

Kolo – Mad

Kposh or fa gbo or blaze – Smoke Weed

Smallie – Girlfriend or Girl

Soji – Street Smart

Tush – A refined person

Wetin Dey? What’s Up?

Wetin dey shele? What’s the latest gist?

Wuz up?

Pepper don red – Person who’s luck has changed and the person is richer.

You Fall my hand – you disappointed me

Dagbo or dub – copying someone’s work

Bust my skeroo – to blow one’s mind

Yan – talks, noisy discussions, or gist

Kolo – Crazy

Iyanga, Effizy or Shakara  – proud feeling, boisterous or pompous

Fabu – Lie

Gbege – Trouble

Demor – a show-off, act up, pretend to be something one is not

The shenkiz dem just dey matrix – the girls are stripping

Jones – lack intellect, not being smart in a certain situation

Shak up or Shayo  – get drunk or a drunk

To Jack – to study hard, a popular Nigerian students’ slang

Aproko – a gossip

Sort – bribe

To crash – to sleep

Nigerian Slangs used in secondary schools

Mescaphon – misbehave or mess up

Attachee – friend on benefits

Expo – exposed examination questions beforehand or to cheat in an exam hall.

Garium sulphate – Garri

Rake – to rant (out of anger)

Fab – steal (eg. they are always fabbing pen and pencils in this class)

NAF – No future ambition

Form – arrogant, to put proud air just to impress (eg. You too dey form)


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