“O jewa ke eng?”
I’m sure by now you must have seen this strange looking question somewhere and thought “What language is that?” or ‘What does that mean?”. Those were the first thoughts on my mind too when I initially stumbled on it. Well, it is not English or Yoruba language, neither is it Hausa or Igbo language. Let me tell you what it is.
This trending question is South African and it simply means “What’s bothering you?”. It came into wide spread online recognition after being tweeted by @akreana_ on the 5th of January, this year. She originally meant the tweet to be just for her predominantly South African follower base, but the question was quickly taken up and spread like wild fire, becoming a continent wide trend.
The question “O jewa ke eng” has been used since then to help people share stories of what they are going through in their lives. Several threads have been created with this question and heartbreaking stories shared by people from all over the continent.
This trending question also made it into the Nigerian online space but trust us as the ‘Giants of Africa’ to take it up a notch. While using it to share depressing life stories, Nigerians have also found a way to have fun with it by creating hilarious threads on tweeter. Here are some of the most hilarious answers to the question “O jewa ke eng”:
The African Mum Thread
2 yrs ago, my mom called me to her room & gave me money & talked me into starting a business of my own. She wasn't happy dat I was jobless. I was surprised & happy, even thought of jobs I can do with the money.
Until she hit me & said April Fool, go & give Mama Ada her money.
— Furk Naa Furk🇳🇬 (@Furk_Naa_Furk) January 23, 2019
The last thing we ever did in our house was allow my mom watch football match ..
She was all bewailing and paranoid like ''blood of Jesus ,I command you not to score in the name of jesus' pic.twitter.com/CFPMXvcv4z
— MC DREIN (@itzprezdaniel) January 23, 2019
— olúwatósìn (@Lawuyi1) January 23, 2019
Me :breaks plate breaks plate
Africa mum : break all my plates oo ,Weldon
Africa mum: breaks plate
Her :who put this plate here
— Аарон Кинах🇳🇬🇪🇸 (@LodbrokAaron) January 23, 2019
Me: *stays home all day for weeks*
Mum: No man is an island on his own. You have to meet people. I can't find wife for you oo. Socialize!!
Me: *spends two minutes at a friend's place*
Mum: So you've finally moved out of your Father's house.Should i bring the rest of ur things?
— YorubaBoyNextDoor (@EyahnuFalana) January 24, 2019
Some other people used it to give savage clap backs.
Me: What's bothering you?
Mum: He said what's bothering you?
Sister: He might not like it… So, nothing.
Me: O jewa ka eng?
Sister: At 24, you still don't have a single strand of hair under your jaw. Don't you have shame?
— Your Daddy (@ToyosiGodwin) January 18, 2019
Baba ; Go and bring one pant
Guy ; Brings pant
Baba ; D ritual is unsuccessful
Guy ; O jewa ka eng ?
Baba ; D pant has been used to buy Benz 2 times
— Jhay ㊙㊗ (@OfoluwaJ) January 18, 2019
John: Osato come! Our baby's about to say his first words
Osato: He's trying to say my name..
Baby: O jewa ke eng?
Osato: I'm sorry John, this child is not for you, he's for oga landlord 😭😭😭
— Four-eyed Edo boy™ (@Alex_Houseof308) January 19, 2019
The Nigerian Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), who are currently on strike and crippled activities in Nigerian Federal and State owned tertiary institutions, tried to go with the trend…
O jéwa ka éng?#TertiaryEducationVersion
— Official_ASUU (@ASUUNGR) January 20, 2019
..But it backfired as Nigerian students currently stranded at home didn’t find it very funny.
— PETERPIROSKY 🇳🇬🦅 (@Pitapirosky) January 20, 2019
O jewa ko…O je rice ni
If you don't geddifok… pic.twitter.com/MoZOTPEAH4
— ✊Vincent ✊ (@VinceSaintC) January 20, 2019
— Flower Boy (@millzOchronic) January 20, 2019
— Onatola Damilola (@Lilphresh__) January 20, 2019
When students catch the guy behind this handle pic.twitter.com/E3UgQp10oS
— GOODyoruBADboi💦 (@Young_Swaggss) January 20, 2019
Me rn😏 pic.twitter.com/9tXOSXkNFh
— 🌸Snowyee Aan🌸 (@ShinarhzarhM) January 20, 2019
So answer this question for me;
O jewa ke eng?