Note: Country of Origin refers to the country of usage i.e. Where the word is being used.
Meaning: Expression of surprise, disbelief, annoyance. (Excl.)
- Aba na! (Why now!)
- Aba! bros no bi aam. (Haba! brother thats not him
Meaning: Please, Sorry
- Abeg no vex (Please don’t be angry)
- Abeg na! (Sorry now!)
Meaning: Right? (Sometimes- “Is it not?”)
- Abi no be so? (Is it not so?)
- You dey see that thing abi? (are you seeing that thing right?)
Meaning: Cassava bread (Ghana), Bald hairstyle (Nigeria)
- Broda na abolo me wan go buy (brother I want to buy cassava bread)
- Na abolo be that? (Is that cassava bread?)
Meaning: Highly privileged; rich “spoilt” kid/person (to come from a rich home/background)
- You na real ajebota (You are highly privileged)
- That boy na ajebota (That boy is a rich kid)
Meaning: A hustler (hustle), someone who rose from the street.
- That auntie na ajepako (That aunty is a hustler)
- You be real ajepako (You’re a real hustler)
Meaning: Literally mean Bean cake, also means; Lies (lying), deceive (deceiving).
- Abeg go buy me akara (please go and buy me bean cake)
- Bros no dey sell me akara (Brother stop lying to me)
- Panther, black or bush cat.
- Nigerian nickname for black Americans (Associated with the rise of Black Panthers Party in 1960s,70s)
- Recent arrival from abroad (especially UK or USA) into Nigeria
- You dey do like Akata (You’re acting like black Americans)
- Na akata you go marry (You will marry an African American)
- Common street food in Tamale (Ghana)
- Leave or get out!! (Nigeria)
- Boy alele!! (Boy get out!)
- Me dey go chop Alele (I want to go eat Alele)
Meaning: Freebies, free of charge. etc Anything you don’t pay for.
- Mtn give me awoof data today (Mtn gave me free data today)
- Na awoof things people dey find (People are looking for free things)