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12 Slangs Nigerian Music Has Taught Us

Posted by Jim Donnett on September 18, 2015 in Editorial · 76 Comments

This photo post is a memes collection of some widely used slangs originated by some top a-list acts in our Nigerian music industry today that have gone on to form a major part of our conversational vocabulary especially in vernacular communication.

Enjoy watching, and do well to comment any other popular slangs culled from Nigerian music that you might have knowledge of.


Slang credit: Olamide
Baddo would be the term used to connote the act of lauding someone’s reputation at a particular art, one who is especially willed at the doing of it.

Jonzing world

Slang credit: D’Prince
Jonzing can otherwise be related to an excessive feeling of one’s self.

Fi le!

Fi le… Don Touch It!
Slang credit: D’Banj
This is synonymous especially to broadcasting stations when they require you to stay tuned and not touch that dial.

Awon smellos

Slang credit: Olamide
As at the time when “frosh” was the in-thing for n*ggaz, smellos became the exact opposite in response.

No Shaking

No Shaking
Slang credit: 2face Idibia
This term expresses one’s state of being/a temporary state of affairs.


Slang credit: Phyno
Alobam would be an alternative term for addressing ‘your brother from another mother’ aka ur padi. This is especially common to the South Eastern folk.

Shoro niyen

Shoro Niyen
Slang credit: Olamide
If you must express astonishment at some kin yarns, shoro niyen is the perfect reply to such.

De koko

Slang credit: D’Banj
Saying the koko is like intensifying one’s expression on a subject matter.

Notin de happen

Notin De Happen
Slang credit: 2face Idibia
This ascertains a state of chill.


Slang credit: Lynxxx
Wassup has become a generally accepted style of greeting, popular with the youthful folk. It is also a basic conversational starter.

No long tin

No Long Tin
Slang credit: D’Banj
This is synonymous to another popular local parlance, no wahala also expressing a state of being.

Turn up

Turn Up
Slang credit: Olamide
When you show up for a hangout, party, club or any form of celebratory gig with loud music and booze.

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  1. Ginjah – Terry G
    state of adding zeal to your actions

    Eni duro – Olamide
    state of overwhelming others

    fokasibe – dj zeez
    state of being gallant

    collabo – deebee
    state of having a rapor/intimacy

    10 over 10 – naeto c
    state of perfection

    Caro – wizkid
    a babe whose body is necessary

    enter the place – 2face

    beef – M.I

    kondo – dagrin, sheyman and dr. pat

    bobbie – dj zeez
    mammary gland

    gongo aso – 9ice
    everybody will hear

    ‘wa fe ku lale yi’ – reminisce

    falila – olamide
    babe with bow leg

    • abi o, see better person. tooxclusive been writing rubbish

    • Eee ni Sun Laa Le Yi ooo…
      A State Where D Party Is On Nd U Cnt Afford 2 Miss It
      by our boi [DESMAG] DAGBORU CROONER

    • Eee ni Sun Laa Le Yi ooo…
      A State Where D Party Is On 2nyt Nd U Cnt Afford 2 Miss It
      by our boi [DESMAG] DAGBORU CROONER

  2. wisdom

  3. orente – adekunle gold
    wife material

    goons mi – olamide
    alobam synonym

    kpef – terry g

    gbongilagila – 9ice

    kolomental – faze

    same ni – dj zeez
    all na wash

    washing and setting – olamide
    no wyn me

    Mr endowed – dbanj
    all frosh

    ibile – reminisce
    not frosh

    ukwu – timaya

    she garrit (shiga) – vector
    well endowed

    apa ti jabo – olamide

    Doro______ – mavin
    don jazzy has to explain seff

    enu ose – durella
    Not by making noise

    story for the gods – olamide
    story isn’t relevant

  4. when u don’t believe wat sumbody has said or wen sumone is lying

  5. …Meanwhile, ‘slang’ has no plural form. Pls take note tooxclusive. Nice one shaa.

  6. no b olamide give us Shoro niyen dumb people…its been there

    • It didn’t trend as much untill Olamide used it in his track….. u’d have to agree with me!

      • ity trended cos it been here

    • Na Olamide put the responds oyamilenu

  7. wow!!!!!……turn up sneh!!!!!!

  8. Awon omo wobe $sturborn acted children

  9. Abeg no be olamide bring out washing and stting. Its from Dodging the wash Tha suspect ft Phyno

    • na olamide make ‘washing and setting’ trend..u no listen to ’emotional blackmail’ ni??

  10. Any hustle na hustle any way na way – tha suspect

  11. Phyno -Obago – When you feel ur plan worked out as planned.

  12. Phyno -Ghostmode – When someone wants to do you bad but didnt succeed.

  13. Phyno – Asai – Bad belle.

  14. Phyno – Asai – Bad belle.
    Nnunu – Chick

  15. On your own…oyo
    D prince

  16. lol..tesojue

  17. Wooooooooossssssssssss CdQ

  18. com one its ok

  19. Eee Ni Suun Laa Le Yi ooo…
    A state where d artist is makin d party lively 2nyt nd u cnt afford 2 miss it,so u wil end up nt slipin dat nyt

    • Wagbayi

    • Abongor? another slang by QING DESMAG meaning Are you Sleeping? ‘Don’t Dull’

  20. Lol haha nice pic bt logging to for nice song and gist

  21. No think am…. half of those slangs don dey since them start rapping

  22. Nice 1….buh where iz our ARE U A LEARNER by Olamide Baddo

  23. Mi pe lori e, one minute man

  24. loooooooooooooooooooool

  25. Gerrarahere_falz

  26. Wat is d meaning f TGIF Pls I wanna knw

  27. Othiyeehe, understood?

  28. Othiyeehe, understood by baba hafusa

  29. Lol is cool

  30. Eldee — na wash
    Terry G — free me
    Jabless — joor

  31. Skilashi

  32. Eldee — na wash
    Terry G — free me
    Jabless — joor…

  33. Its all from d streets they jst made it trend… one knws for sure deir origins

  34. mutimina – ice prince
    aboki – ice prince
    wha ya say – pato ranking
    bad belle – mi
    is my guy – ice prince
    sneh – olamide

  35. who u help!!! By shunnbabe

  36. 500 millionaira dream!!! By erigga

  37. nice ones

  38. Vector brought d out d slangs CHaw as in chop

  39. skibo-lil kesh

  40. Skibo- Lil kesh-my guy

  41. Na Wash…. ELDEE

    y’all forgetting

  42. Badoo sneh Ni oooo

  43. TOO XCLUSIVE please pay your week5. WINNERS…pleassee nahhhh

  44. How far na?

    Credit: Nobody

  45. Isent – olamide. In sitting on the crown track

  46. Isenti- olamide- in sitting on the throne track

  47. in nigeria we have so many musician in nigeria that them need help becouse you can see a young man with the talent of music but he have no sponsarrer it led him to just forget about the matter but is a shemefull thing to our superstars in nigeria

  48. most of this slang has been existing . jst dat this celebs brot it to trends ..they helped it spread .. by using it in anoda pattern .. Anyways God bless our artistes

  49. #sneh~olamide nids 2 xplain

  50. ko durosoke – olamide…… he has the highest trending slangs. nigga is gifted.

  51. A state where u ar calling a girl

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