AFRO PIDGIN

Redefining The African Languages…

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Note: Country of Origin refers to the country of usage i.e. Where the word is being used.

 

Aba

Meaning: Expression of surprise, disbelief, annoyance. (Excl.)

Examples:

  • Aba na! (Why now!)
  • Aba! bros no bi aam. (Haba! brother thats not him

Abeg

Meaning: Please, Sorry

Examples:

  • Abeg no vex (Please don’t be angry)
  • Abeg na! (Sorry now!)

Abi

Meaning: Right? (Sometimes- “Is it not?”)

Examples:

  • Abi no be so? (Is it not so?)
  • You dey see that thing abi? (are you seeing that thing right?)

Abolo

Meaning: Cassava bread (Ghana), Bald hairstyle (Nigeria)

Examples:

  • Broda na abolo me wan go buy (brother I want to buy cassava bread)
  • Na abolo be that? (Is that cassava bread?)

Ajebota

Meaning: Highly privileged; rich “spoilt” kid/person (to come from a rich home/background)

Examples:

  • You na real ajebota (You are highly privileged)
  • That boy na ajebota (That boy is a rich kid)

Ajepako

Meaning: A hustler (hustle), someone who rose from the street. 

Examples:

  • That auntie na ajepako (That aunty is a hustler)
  • You be real ajepako (You’re a real hustler)

Akara

Meaning: Literally mean Bean cake, also means; Lies (lying), deceive (deceiving).

Examples:

  • Abeg go buy me akara (please go and buy me bean cake)
  • Bros no dey sell me akara (Brother stop lying to me)

Akata

Meaning:

  1. Panther, black or bush cat.
  2. Nigerian nickname for black Americans (Associated with the rise of Black Panthers Party in 1960s,70s)
  3. Recent arrival from abroad (especially UK or USA) into Nigeria

Examples:

  • You dey do like Akata (You’re acting like black Americans)
  • Na akata you go marry (You will marry an African American)

Alele

Meaning:

  • Common street food in Tamale (Ghana)
  • Leave or get out!! (Nigeria)

Examples

  • Boy alele!! (Boy get out!)
  • Me dey go chop Alele (I want to go eat Alele)

Awoof

Meaning: Freebies, free of charge. etc Anything you don’t pay for.

Examples:

  • Mtn give me awoof data today (Mtn gave me free data today)
  • Na awoof things people dey find (People are looking for free things)
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