Have you ever been on the streets in Nigeria and you are wondering what the meaning of some slangs are?

You hear different slangs and you can’t help but wonder what exactly is being communicated. This article would help you demystify 10 of these slangs.

In order to survive in the streets of ‘Naija’, you need to be street-smart. And in order to be street-smart, you need to learn the frequently used languages on the street.

In Nigeria, there are some slangs that you absolutely need to know their meaning so you won’t be lost in the middle of conversations.

Here are some of them below:

  1. You fall my hand: This simply means that you are disappointing the person that is talking to you…LOL!
  2. How body?: This is another way of saying ‘How are you?’ or ‘How are you feeling?’
  3. No wahala: ‘No wahala’ simply means ‘don’t worry’, or ‘no need to stress further’
  4. Wetin happen?: ‘Wetin happen’ means ‘what is happening?’ or ‘what is going on?’
  5. Gobe: ‘Gobe’ means ‘trouble’. You can even hear phrases like ‘see gobe’ meaning ‘see trouble’
  6. Baff up: To ‘baff up’ simply means to clean up and look good.
  7. Jand: ‘Jand’ means the United Kingdom
  8. Yankee: While Jand translates to the United Kingdom, Yankee means the United States of America
  9. ITK: ‘ITK’ means ‘I too know’. This is often said to those people who think they know a lot about something but don’t really do.
  10. Ajebutter: When someone is termed ‘ajebutter’, the person is referred to as someone who was born with a spoon.

Which other slangs did we miss out? Do drop your comments below, we would love to hear from you

Ayishat Olanrewaju

Ayishat Olanrewaju

Ayishat Amoo-Olanrewaju is a Professional Writer, a Brand Communications Strategist, & a Certified Digital Marketer. She is passionate about helping brands communicate their values to their target audience and writing effective content that sells. She had her B.Sc. in Mass Communication from Caleb University, and her M.Sc. in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos. She blogs at ayiwrites.com and you can find out more about her brand at ayishat.com. She is also a voracious reader, content developer, and a design enthusiast.