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Everyday Naija Slangs That You Should Know

Which of these slangs do you use on a regular basis

Everyday Naija Slangs That You Should Know

Naija is a country of many tongues has it has over 250 languages. Although English is regarded as the first language, there are several other derivatives of it including pidgin which is also known as broken English or slangs.

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  • Amebo: This word is used to refer to a person who likes to gossip or likes to spread rumours. For example, ‘you too like amebo’ means ‘you love gossip’, whereas ‘she’s an amebo’ means ‘she’s a gossip’.
  • Ajebutter: This term is used in Naija for people who are well off or born with a silver spoon. It sometimes can also be simply termed ‘butter’ for short.
  • Control(Ctrl) P: This is a term used when someone is taking a situation too personally or has escalated it much more than t should be.
  • Fall my hand: This is a slang that is used when someone is disappointed by a person or something that happened.
  • Gbosa: This slang is used to describe a punch or slap, but can be used to refer to the sound made when someone or something is being punched.
  • Jack: This is a slang common among students in Naija schools and should not be confused with the English name. To ‘jack’ means to study or revise effectively.
  • Soji: This just basically means to be knowledgeable about something or be street smart.
  • Jara: Jara means to add extra or give a freebie after something has already been bought or paid for.
  • Kolo: This means to go crazy or mad. This can be literal or metaphoric depending on the context it is being used in.
  • Maga/Mugu: This is used to describe someone regarded as a fool or someone who is very gullible or is susceptible to be conned.
  • Yab: This is used by younger people and it is used as a diss word usually in a playful yet insulting manner.


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