Slangs in Nigeria are more common in communication and texting.

Slangs are words or phrases that are informal and are more common in speech than in writing.

2019 offered us so much slangs than in other years.

Some came from our favourite celebrities, while others came from experiences and stories.

We can’t neglect the fact that these slangs became famous due to thier usage on social media.

Here are some popular slangs in Nigeria;

Slangs in Nigeria and their Meaning - Top 15


This slang came from the AYIII Crooner, the only name that comes to your head Whenever you hear ayiii is kapachumarichupaco himself “Zlatan”.

He says it in almost all of his songs and as a result it became a popular slang in Nigeria.

OPOOR can be used to express excitement about something.

2. Inside Life | Slangs in Nigeria

Arguably the most common slang in 2019 and 2020.

The slang “inside life” was popularize by Naira Marley.

Inside life was used in Naira Marley’s song Soapy and since then it went viral.

literally inside life is used to show disappointment or pity at an event or situation.


Shenk is one the most direct slangs in Nigeria, It has no other meaning than cut off.


This is probably my best slang of the year because it serves as a form of encouragement.

From the slang itself, the meaning is self explainatory and it means to put in more effort at making money.


The reigning slang currently as i write this.

It’s an exclamation of surprise, Excitement or just vibes.

Slangs in Nigeria and Their Meaning

6. Oluwa wetin dey happen

This slang is used when you don’t have an answer to a situation and you’re in shock or surprise.

It means God what’s wrong,

It is used to exclaim at things that people feel man can’t explain.

7. MARLIAN | Slangs in Nigeria

Marlians is what 2019’s artiste of the year Naira marley calls his fans.

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Characteristics of a marlian include but not only no mannaz, no belt gang and smoking.

Slangs in nigeria and their meaning 

8. Meaning of Jara

The word Jara is usually used between a buyer and a seller,

When a customer says “please Add Jara for me” after buying something from a seller,

The customer simply means the seller should Add Extra to what was already given to them.

Jara was initially derived from Yoruba language,

but it’s used as a slang in Nigeria all over today.

9. Meaning of an Ajebutter

Ajebutter is the same as Ajebo, Bota or Botti in Nigeria.

When I say “my girlfriend is an Ajebutter or an Ajebo” I simply mean she’s from a rich home.

Botti or Ajebutter is a person born with a silver spoon.

Slangs in Nigeria and Their meaning

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10. Ashewo 

In Nigeria a sex worker is also called Ashawo or an OPO.

This noun is a slang for sex workers. It can also be a derogatory term.

An Ashawo simply means a Prostitute, though it can be used as an insult against a woman that sleeps with too many men.

11. Osha pra pra 

This slang can be used to greet a fellow friend or anyone else.

Osha pra pra is more like “how are you” in short to spice your greeting with someone you know.

It is usually used when one is praising another, which is loosely translated to mean “you are dope!”.

It is mostly used in the street to hail/greet a friend or acquaintance who is passing by.

12. Meaning of Lepa and Orobo

Lepa and Orobo are opposites of each other.

When a Nigerian says “my girlfriend is Lepa” they refers to a sexy slim woman.

While on the other hand Orobo is loosely the opposite of lepa.

It refers to a sexy plump/thick woman, It can also be used as a derogatory remark sometimes.

13. Amebo | Slangs in Nigeria

This word Amebo or over sabi is used to refer to a person who likes to gossip or spread gossip and cannot be trusted.

Literally Amebo means Gossip, for example if a Nigerian says “You too like amebo” or “That girl is an amebo”.

They’re simply trying to tell you that the person likes gossip.

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14. What does Japa mean in Nigeria ?

In Nigerian pidgin Japa can be used instead of Runaway.

The word “Japameans to runaway in a Nigerian slang.

If I say “As I just hear the police siren, I Japa quickly “, it simply means I ran away when I heard the police siren.

According to Naira Marley Japaing is The act of escaping, running away or avoiding someone or something especially by way of trickery.

15. What does Mugu or Maga mean in Nigerian?

If a Nigerian can refer to a fool or an unwise person as Mugu or maga using Pidgin.

Mugu is a Nigerian Pidgin term which means ‘Big fool’.

Though In the West it is mainly known in the context of Advance fee fraud,

When a person is scammed he is often referred to as the Mugu or maga.

Bonus: What is Aza in Nigeria?

Aza is a Nigerian slang that simply means bank account – aza (originally mean safe)

When a Nigerian says “Send your Aza” he/she means send your Account number.

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Watch the video below to find out more common pidgin phrases,

Slangs in Nigeria and their meanings:

Hopefully as the year 2020 goes one, we’ll experience more interesting slangs coming.

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