POPULAR NIGERIAN STREET SLANGS

The Nigerian Pidgin English is a very unique language, bulk of its Slangs include borrowed words from the diverse languages spoken in Nigeria. The Slangs originate from funny situations, music etc. The Slangs create extra humour in the expression and like you know, Nigerians are one of the most humorous people on earth. Get familiar with these Slangs below because I'm sure you will still come across many of them.

1. Sapa

Sapa is used to describe a state of hunger and being broke. Owu used to be the term for it before Sapa became popularised on social media especially Twitter. A Twitter user once made a joke about it, he said, "Sapa don knight me, Sir Pa". It was really funny as the wordplay was easily understood.
Example: Omo bros, Sapa dey here oo.

2. Tush

Tush is used to describe something or someone that is well polished or refined. Calling someone tush is different from calling the person an ajebo because an ajebo refers to someone born with a silver spoon while being tush is being a well refined person.
Example: Na people wey tush full Victoria Island

3. Pepper don red

This is used to describe a situation that is favourable especially when money lands. Remember how pepper is usually green before it becomes red? Yeah. That's the meaning of it.
Example: my guy, my pepper don red oo.

4. Soro Soke

Soro Soke is borrowed from Yoruba and it means to speak up and not be intimidated. It became popular during the end sars protest in Nigeria. It was used to encourage people speak up about their grievances and their ill treatment.
Example: If I see anyone being harassed, I go soro soke.

5. Inside life

Inside life was popularised by Naira Marley through his music. It is used to describe either an unfair or unjust situation. It can also be used to express surprise or shock.
Example: Inside life, man go hustle finish e no go still fit see money spend on top himself.

6. Mafo

Mafo is also another slang popularised by Naira Marley through his music. "44-4, Mo Fo ti(40)" he said in one of his songs. Borrowed from the Yoruba language, Ma fo means you shouldn't give in, don't relent or not letting disappointments get to you.
Example: My gee mafo, nothing dey sup.

7. Gbogbo wa ma je breakfast

This phrase is borrowed from the Yoruba language and it connotes that we would all get served. As it is popularly said, life na turn by turn. This slang literally means what goes around comes around and life will serve us it's dish and that the dish is ample enough to go round.
Example: Gbogbo wa ma je breakfast, asiko lo yato.

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