Nigerians are very unique and have a way they communicate( Slangs) that is peculiar to them.
Every country has unique traditions as well as slangs, which are spoken throughout the country. In Nigeria, there are slangs unique to secondary schools, university life, and even regions of the country.
Foreigners might have a hard time understanding these slangs and locals might have a hard time explaining them. Below are a few of the slangs unique to Nigeria street life.
This is a word from the Yoruba langauge, where after someone has bought or purchased an item from the seller he asks the seller to add something at his discretion which they say this way; ” wouldn’t you give me jara”.
This exclamation has different interpretations, depending on the context in which it was used. It could mean “I get it”, “and so?” “yes”, “okay”, “continue”, “as i was saying”, “that reminds me”, etc.
3.) OROBO/ LEPA
Orobo is the opposite of lepa. It refers to a cute plump/ thick woman. It can also be used as a derogatory remark. while Lepa is a noun that refers to a cute slim woman.
This word is used to describe any person who like to spread gossip, or listen to gossip. It can also be used to refer to gossip itself. E.g. “You too like amebo” or “That girl is an amebo”.
5.) OVER- SABI
This is a word used to describe someone who always acts like he knows all things, when he might not know everything. It is also used to describe someone who never admits that he is wrong.
6.) SHEY/ ABI/ BA
Shey/ Abi/ Ba are slangs that act sort of like punctuation. They are mostly used for confirmation after a statement, thereby turning it into a question. They are like the English “right?” E.g. “You are coming for my party, abi/shey/ba?”
Ajebutter, ajebo, ‘bota’ or ‘botti’, simply refers to one who is born with a silver spoon. It can be loosely translated to mean “bourgeoisie”. E.g. “That babe is an ajebutter”.
8.) NO WAHALA
When you here no wahala, it simply means no trouble or no worries.
It could mean two different things. It’s either used when you want to get off a commercial bus or taxi and you say ‘I want to drop here’ or you want to hire a taxi and say ‘I want to take a drop’ .
10.) I GO CHANGE AM FOR YOU
Don’t think the speaker is talking about the kind of change promised Nigerians. The speaker is asking you to be careful and not annoy him or you’ll be dealt with.