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  1. Japa

    • Meaning: To run away or escape.
    • Origin: This term is believed to have originated from the Japanese word “japa-japa,” which means “run away quickly.”
  2. Wahala

    • Meaning: Trouble or problems.
    • Origin: Derived from the Hausa language word “wahala,” which means trouble or disturbance.
  3. Ginger

    • Meaning: To encourage or motivate someone.
    • Origin: This term is widely used in Nigerian Pidgin English and is believed to have been derived from the English word “ginger,” meaning to add excitement or enthusiasm.
  4. Chop Knuckle

    • Meaning: To give a fist bump as a form of greeting or agreement.
    • Origin: The term is a combination of “chop,” which means to eat in Nigerian Pidgin English, and “knuckle,” referring to the act of tapping knuckles in a greeting.
  5. Naija

    • Meaning: A slang term for Nigeria.
    • Origin: A shortened version of “Nigeria” that is commonly used in casual conversations.
  6. Gbera

    • Meaning: To carry out a task or action vigorously.
    • Origin: Popularized by Nigerian music, particularly the Yoruba genre, where it’s used to encourage energetic dancing.
  7. Ojoro

    • Meaning: Cheat or fraudulent activity.
    • Origin: Derived from the Yoruba language and commonly used to describe dishonest actions.
  8. Shine Your Eye

    • Meaning: Be cautious and alert.
    • Origin: Suggests being watchful and careful, as if shining a light on a situation.
  9. Paddy

    • Meaning: A close friend or buddy.
    • Origin: Likely derived from the English word “pal” or “buddy.”
  10. Babalawo

    • Meaning: A traditional Yoruba priest or diviner.
    • Origin: From the Yoruba language, where “baba” means father, and “alawo” means one skilled in a profession or craft.
  11. Area Boy

    • Meaning: A streetwise or tough individual, often involved in informal activities.
    • Origin: Commonly used in Lagos, particularly referring to young men in urban areas.
  12. Omo Naija

    • Meaning: A Nigerian or someone of Nigerian origin.
    • Origin: “Omo” means child in Yoruba, and “Naija” is a slang term for Nigeria.
  13. Kpatakpata

    • Meaning: Disorderly or chaotic.
    • Origin: Derived from the Yoruba language and widely used to describe a messy situation.
  14. Okada

    • Meaning: A motorcycle taxi or commercial motorcycle.
    • Origin: From the Igbo language, where “okada” means to pop a wheelie on a motorcycle, which is a common sight in Nigerian traffic.
  15. Toasting

    • Meaning: The act of flirting or expressing romantic interest in someone.
    • Origin: A term used in Nigerian dating and social culture.
  16. Ajebutter

    • Meaning: A term used to describe someone who is from a wealthy or privileged background.
    • Origin: The term “aje” means “wealth” in Yoruba, and “butter” signifies softness or being pampered.
  17. Gidi

    • Meaning: A slang term for Lagos, Nigeria’s largest and most populous city.
    • Origin: “Gidi” is a short form of “Lagos Island” and is commonly used by Lagos residents.
  18. E go beta

    • Meaning: It will get better or improve.
    • Origin: A phrase used to offer hope and encouragement during challenging times.
  19. Wetin dey happen

    • Meaning: What’s going on or what’s happening?
    • Origin: A casual way of asking about current events or situations.
  20. Pepper Dem Gang

    • Meaning: A group of people who are stylish, confident, and stand out.
    • Origin: Popularized by Nigerian musician Olamide’s song “Pepper Dem Gang,” which celebrates people with swagger.
  21. Sabi

    • Meaning: To know or be skilled at something.
    • Origin: Derived from the English word “savy,” it is commonly used to express knowledge or expertise.
  22. Lasgidi

    • Meaning: Another slang term for Lagos.
    • Origin: An informal nickname for Lagos, often used in songs and colloquial speech.
  23. Maga

    • Meaning: A gullible person who can be easily deceived or scammed.
    • Origin: Likely derived from the English word “mug” or “maggot,” it is often used in the context of fraud.
  24. H-factor

    • Meaning: Humility, often used to remind someone to be humble.
    • Origin: A term that encourages modesty and respect for others.
  25. Malo

    • Meaning: To like or love something.
    • Origin: Popularized by Nigerian artist Tiwa Savage’s song “Malo,” which means “Don’t Go” in Yoruba.
  26. Gbese

    • Meaning: Debt or owing someone money.
    • Origin: Derived from the Yoruba language, where it means financial liability.
  27. E dey body

    • Meaning: Feeling confident or having a strong sense of self.
    • Origin: A term used to express self-assuredness.
  28. Eyan le ku

    • Meaning: A reference to being cautious and looking out for oneself.
    • Origin: A Yoruba phrase that emphasizes self-preservation.
  29. Agbero

    • Meaning: A local or street thug, often associated with bus parks and informal transport sectors.
    • Origin: Derived from the Yoruba language, where it means “street tough.”
  30. Skoin-skoin

    • Meaning: Something that is fake or of low quality.
    • Origin: A slang term often used in markets to describe counterfeit goods
  31. Ajepako

    • Meaning: Someone from a less privileged or lower socio-economic background.
    • Origin: The term is the opposite of “ajebutter” and suggests someone who is not pampered.
  32. K-leg

    • Meaning: Describing someone with bow legs or legs that form a ‘K’ shape.
    • Origin: The slang refers to the shape of legs and is often used playfully.
  33. Nack

    • Meaning: To have sexual intercourse.
    • Origin: A colloquial term commonly used in informal conversations.
  34. Ghana Must Go

    • Meaning: A large, colorful, checkered bag.
    • Origin: Named after the “Ghana Must Go” bag, which was used to deport Ghanaians from Nigeria in the 1980s. The bag became a symbol of migration.
  35. OYO

    • Meaning: On Your Own, indicating self-reliance or self-sufficiency.
    • Origin: The abbreviation OYO is commonly used in Nigerian slang to suggest independence.
  36. Wahala dey

    • Meaning: Trouble is brewing or there’s a problem.
    • Origin: A common phrase used to alert someone about an issue or trouble.
  37. Owambe

    • Meaning: A lavish or extravagant party, especially weddings or social events.
    • Origin: Yoruba slang, often used to describe grand celebrations.
  38. E sure me die

    • Meaning: I am very sure.
    • Origin: A Nigerian slang phrase that emphasizes confidence and certainty.
  39. Sho mo age mi?

    • Meaning: Do you know my age?
    • Origin: A phrase used humorously, often in response to someone asking for a favor or trying to take advantage of someone’s perceived age.
  40. Kpali

    • Meaning: Money.
    • Origin: Derived from the Igbo word “kpali,” which means money or wealth.
  41. Ojoro X 3

    • Meaning: A term for cheating or dishonesty, often used humorously.
    • Origin: The repetition emphasizes the level of dishonesty.
  42. Waka

    • Meaning: To go or walk.
    • Origin: Commonly used to describe moving or traveling from one place to another.
  43. Yawa

    • Meaning: Trouble or disgrace.
    • Origin: Often used to describe an embarrassing or problematic situation.
  44. Bole

    • Meaning: Grilled plantains or yams, typically sold by street vendors.
    • Origin: A popular Nigerian street food.
  45. Baff

    • Meaning: To take a shower or bathe.
    • Origin: Often used in the context of personal hygiene.
  46. Para

    • Meaning: To become extremely angry or agitated.
    • Origin: This slang term is often used to describe someone who is highly upset or furious.
  47. Magun

    • Meaning: A Yoruba term for a mystical or spiritual curse placed on someone to prevent sexual infidelity.
    • Origin: It is rooted in Yoruba cultural beliefs and practices.
  48. Koro-Koro

    • Meaning: Very clear or evident.
    • Origin: The slang is used to emphasize the clarity or obviousness of a situation or fact.
  49. Dem Say Dem Say

    • Meaning: Rumors or hearsay.
    • Origin: Often used when discussing unverified or speculative information.
  50. Slaps

    • Meaning: A situation where someone receives a physical or verbal reprimand.
    • Origin: Derived from the act of slapping, but it can also refer to criticism.
  51. Wetin You Carry?

    • Meaning: What are you up to or what are you carrying?
    • Origin: A question asking about someone’s intentions or what they are doing.
  52. Sare

    • Meaning: To leave or go away.
    • Origin: Commonly used in Lagos and southwestern Nigeria.
  53. Flenjor

    • Meaning: A combination of “flex” and “enjoy,” often used to express enjoyment or having a good time.
    • Origin: Popularized in Nigerian music and slang.
  54. Blow My Mind

    • Meaning: To be amazed or deeply impressed.
    • Origin: Inspired by the song “Blow My Mind” by Nigerian musician Davido.
  55. Sapa

    • Meaning: To be broke or financially depleted.
    • Origin: A term used to describe a state of financial hardship.
  56. Palava

    • Meaning: A problematic or difficult situation.
    • Origin: Derived from the Pidgin English word for trouble or conflict.
  57. Baby Oku

    • Meaning: A beautiful or attractive woman.
    • Origin: “Oku” means “fire” in Igbo, and the term is used to describe someone with a fiery or attractive personality.
  58. Bobo

    • Meaning: A young man, often used informally to refer to a boyfriend.
    • Origin: Derived from the Yoruba word for a young male child.
  59. Skrrr

    • Meaning: An expression used to indicate speed or acceleration.
    • Origin: Popularized in Nigerian music and slang.
  60. How E Take Happen?

    • Meaning: How did it happen or how did it occur?
    • Origin: A question asking for an explanation or details about a particular event.
  61. Certainly, here are more Nigerian slangs, continuing from the previous list (61-75):

    1. Belle

      • Meaning: Slang for the stomach or abdomen.
      • Origin: Used in the context of pregnancy or a protruding stomach.
    2. Chop Belleful

      • Meaning: To eat to one’s satisfaction.
      • Origin: A phrase indicating that someone has had enough to eat.
    3. Kai Kai

      • Meaning: Locally distilled alcoholic spirits.
      • Origin: Often used to refer to homemade or inexpensive alcoholic drinks.
    4. Agidi

      • Meaning: A term for someone who is stubborn or difficult to deal with.
      • Origin: Derived from the Yoruba word “agidi,” which means someone who is unyielding.
    5. No Wahala

      • Meaning: No problem or it’s okay.
      • Origin: A common phrase used to reassure someone that everything is fine.
    6. Pepper Soup

      • Meaning: A slang term for an attractive or spicy woman.
      • Origin: Referring to a woman who is hot or appealing.
    7. Konji

      • Meaning: Strong sexual desire or lust.
      • Origin: A Nigerian slang term often used to describe a state of sexual arousal.
    8. Area Mama

      • Meaning: A woman who is street-smart or savvy.
      • Origin: Refers to a woman who is knowledgeable about life in the streets or local areas.
    9. Jollof Rice

      • Meaning: A colorful or engaging event or situation.
      • Origin: Named after the popular Nigerian dish, jollof rice, which is vibrant and flavorful.
    10. Bo Bo

      • Meaning: A timid or fearful person.
      • Origin: Often used to describe someone who is easily frightened or lacks courage.
    11. See Finish

      • Meaning: To become too familiar or overly critical of someone.
      • Origin: Describes a situation where someone’s flaws or weaknesses are exposed.
    12. Alingo

      • Meaning: A dance style or a fun and energetic movement.
      • Origin: Popularized by Nigerian music and dance culture.
    13. Las-las

      • Meaning: Ultimately or in the end.
      • Origin: A term used to describe the final or conclusive outcome of a situation.
    14. Werey

      • Meaning: A crazy or insane person.
      • Origin: Often used playfully or jokingly to describe someone’s eccentric behavior.
    15. Jeje

      • Meaning: To take things easy or proceed gently.
      • Origin: A Yoruba word commonly used to encourage a relaxed approach to life.
    16. Ginger Your Swagger

      • Meaning: To boost your confidence or style.
      • Origin: Combining “ginger” to encourage and “swagger” for confidence and style.
    17. Banger

      • Meaning: A hit song or a popular track.
      • Origin: Used in the context of music to describe a song that’s trending.
    18. Chache

      • Meaning: A term for stubbornness or defiance.
      • Origin: Commonly used in southwestern Nigeria.
    19. Oja

      • Meaning: A local market or a place of trade.
      • Origin: Referring to traditional marketplaces.
    20. Abeg

      • Meaning: An informal way of saying “please” or requesting something.
      • Origin: Derived from “I beg.”
    21. Bereks

      • Meaning: Exaggeration or making a big deal out of something.
      • Origin: A slang used to downplay someone’s claims.
    22. Amaka

      • Meaning: A beautiful or ideal woman.
      • Origin: Often used to describe a woman who is considered perfect.
    23. Padi

      • Meaning: A friend or buddy.
      • Origin: A variation of “paddy” or “pal,” commonly used in casual conversations.
    24. Jah Bless

      • Meaning: A form of blessing or well-wishing.
      • Origin: Derived from Rastafarian culture and commonly used in Nigerian slang.
    25. Barbing Saloon

      • Meaning: A hair salon or barbershop.
      • Origin: A slang term for a place where haircuts and grooming are done.
    26. Tear Rubber

      • Meaning: Brand new or fresh.
      • Origin: Used to describe new and unused items, particularly products with their original packaging intact.
    27. Nwa Baby

      • Meaning: A child or a young person.
      • Origin: Often used playfully to refer to a young individual.
    28. Na Who Know Road E Epp

      • Meaning: The importance of knowing one’s way or being street-smart.
      • Origin: A phrase emphasizing the value of local knowledge and familiarity with a place.
    29. You Fall My Hand

      • Meaning: You disappointed me or let me down.
      • Origin: Often used to express dissatisfaction with someone’s actions.
    30. Pim Pim

      • Meaning: A tiny or negligible amount.
      • Origin: Used to describe something that is very small or insignificant.
    31. Kobalize

      • Meaning: To spend money lavishly or extravagantly.
      • Origin: A term used to describe someone who is not hesitant to spend money.
    32. Pepe Dem

      • Meaning: To spice things up or add excitement.
      • Origin: Often used in the context of making something more interesting or lively.
    33. Kwam

      • Meaning: A slang term for a rumor or gossip.
      • Origin: Commonly used when discussing unverified or speculative information.
    34. Wahala Be Like Bicycle

      • Meaning: Trouble or problems are persistent.
      • Origin: A humorous phrase likening trouble to a bicycle that never stops.
    35. Buru

      • Meaning: A slang term for an unintelligent or foolish person.
      • Origin: Often used to describe someone who lacks common sense.
    36. Shine Ya Eye

      • Meaning: To be vigilant and watchful.
      • Origin: A phrase encouraging people to stay alert and cautious.
    37. Dey Kampe

      • Meaning: To be relaxed and comfortable.
      • Origin: A phrase indicating a state of calm and contentment.
    38. Blow My Whistle

      • Meaning: To inform or expose wrongdoing.
      • Origin: Used to describe the act of reporting someone’s actions.
    39. Pepperbody

      • Meaning: Someone who is assertive and confident.
      • Origin: Used to describe individuals who carry themselves with boldness.
    40. SharplyMeaning: To act quickly or promptly. – Origin: A term encouraging swift action.

    41. Yawa Go GasMeaning: Trouble or a problematic situation is likely to occur. – Origin: A phrase suggesting that a difficult situation is impending.

    42. Chin-chinMeaning: Small talk or gossip. – Origin: Commonly used when discussing casual conversations or rumors.

    43. E Nor Get Part 2Meaning: There is no continuation or sequel. – Origin: A phrase indicating finality or the end of a situation.

    44. No Be LieMeaning: It’s the truth or it’s true. – Origin: A way of confirming the accuracy of a statement.

    45. ShegeMeaning: A derogatory term for someone who is considered a nuisance or troublemaker. – Origin: Often used in the context of expressing annoyance or frustration.

    46. Iyalaya AnybodyMeaning: A derogatory phrase expressing strong disapproval or disrespect. – Origin: This slang is used to show disdain or disregard for someone.

    47. ChowMeaning: Food or a meal. – Origin: A casual term for describing eating or a specific dish.

    48. E Shock You?Meaning: Are you surprised or taken aback? – Origin: A question often used to inquire about someone’s reaction to a surprising revelation.

    49. Up NEPAMeaning: An exclamation of joy and excitement when electricity is restored after a power outage. – Origin: A reference to the National Electric Power Authority (NEPA) in Nigeria.

    50. Maggi CubeMeaning: A term for an attractive or appealing woman. – Origin: The brand Maggi is associated with adding flavor, so the term describes someone with flavor.

    51. ChaiMeaning: An expression of surprise, shock, or disappointment. – Origin: Commonly used as an exclamation when something unexpected happens.

    52. OkadaMeaning: A motorcycle used for transportation. – Origin: Named after Okada, a city in Nigeria where motorcycle taxis are prevalent.

    53. OwoMeaning: Money. – Origin: Derived from the Yoruba word for wealth or cash.

    54. Bless UpMeaning: To offer blessings or well-wishes. – Origin: A phrase of encouragement or goodwill often used in informal conversations.

    55. BataMeaning: A term for shoes or footwear. – Origin: Used to describe any form of shoes or slippers.

    56. Wahala For Who No SabiMeaning: Trouble for those who are ignorant or uninformed. – Origin: A humorous way of emphasizing the importance of knowledge and awareness.

    57. Na TrueMeaning: It’s true or accurate. – Origin: A phrase used to affirm the truth of a statement.

    58. Agama LizardMeaning: A term for a cunning or deceitful person. – Origin: The agama lizard is known for its crafty behavior.

    59. Chew GumMeaning: To gossip or engage in idle talk. – Origin: A slang term used to describe casual chatter or rumors.

    60. Na So E BeMeaning: That’s just the way it is. – Origin: A phrase indicating acceptance of a situation or reality.

    61. Bo Bo JuiceMeaning: A slang term for counterfeit or fake products. – Origin: Used to describe items that are not genuine or authentic.

    62. ShadeMeaning: To criticize or make fun of someone. – Origin: Often used when someone is teasing or mocking another person.

    63. JaiyeMeaning: To enjoy life or have a good time. – Origin: A Yoruba term used to express the idea of living life to the fullest.

    64. OgbanjeMeaning: A mischievous or troublesome person. – Origin: Rooted in Igbo folklore, where an “ogbanje” is a child with a predisposition for causing trouble.

    65. Mumu ButtonMeaning: To be easily fooled or gullible. – Origin: A humorous way to describe someone who is naive or easily manipulated.

    66. SokooMeaning: To obtain or acquire something. – Origin: Often used when referring to getting a deal, bargain, or an opportunity.

    67. Jeun S’OkeMeaning: To enjoy life to the fullest or to indulge. – Origin: A Yoruba phrase conveying the idea of savoring life’s pleasures.

    68. Ginger UpMeaning: To motivate or encourage someone. – Origin: A term used to boost someone’s enthusiasm or energy.

    69. SabinusMeaning: Informants or those who provide information. – Origin: Often used in the context of sharing news or gossip.

    70. Bobo JuiceMeaning: Swagger, style, or confidence. – Origin: Used to describe someone who exudes confidence and charm.

    71. Street No Dey FriendlyMeaning: The streets can be harsh or unforgiving. – Origin: A phrase indicating the challenges of navigating life in difficult circumstances.

    72. ChokeMeaning: Overwhelmed or stuffed. – Origin: Often used to describe feeling full after eating or having too much of something.

    73. OlohunMeaning: A Yoruba term for “God” or a divine being. – Origin: Used in expressions of surprise, shock, or wonder.

    74. MaggaMeaning: A foolish or gullible person who is easily taken advantage of. – Origin: Commonly used to describe someone who is easily deceived.

    75. AmeboMeaning: A person who enjoys gossip or spreading rumors. – Origin: Often used to describe individuals who are nosy or overly curious about others’ affairs